I ordered about 30 roses this fall for shipment in the spring from High Country Roses and that's totally fine for this sale. Matt sent a confirmation and I can confirm for Ac91z6 that spring delivery is just fine to wait till 2019.
Also, to give a plug for HCR (among the many other wonderful rose vendors) he is really responsive to customer feedback. A year or so ago, I'd dropped him a casual remark among some other communications that the Reine des Violettes I had gotten from him many years ago was the Not Reine des Violettes that's circulating - i.e. thorny and a once bloomer instead of a thornless repeating rose. I didn't hear anything back from him at the time and figured it was just a FYI on his part. This year, along with my order confirmation he sends a casual note to me that he's gotten new stock of his RdV and he's checking to make sure that this is the right rose now.
So this shows a couple of wonderful things that you only get from a small company that puts the roses and customers first - he remembered and paid attention to this feedback, he actually DID something to fix the situation, he remembered who had raised the question, and he independently got ahold of me to let me know he'd acted on this feedback. Plenty of bigger organizations with a corporate mentality that happen to sell roses do not make these kinds of sensible and customer-friendly responses. That alone would get me to give HCR my business, along with many other rose vendors that have similar commitment to the products they sell. Beyond that, Matt sells a high percentage of roses that will survive in my zone 5 climate, and he has some unique Canadian and once-blooming roses that no one else sells too.
Shyam, I'm sure he'd benefit from a gentle reminder that his packaging could be improved upon and suggestions for modifications. I've been hearing from vendors all over the country how hard it is to balance economical shipping costs (and the labor involved in packing them) with quality packaging and everyone has their own system. Heirloom passes on the cost of their exquisite packaging in insanely high rose costs, and David Austin usually sends bare roots where the packaging isn't an issue. I think the model of Northland might be more feasible as an example for HCR. Burlington has by far the most economical high quality mailing system and cheapest shipping costs, using bulk rate Priority Mail boxes and packing the roses tightly in them, but you have to have uniform pot sizes for this. I can attest that the more roses you buy the better they tend to be packaged, since in my boxes there's rarely enough room to move. Not that I'm enabling you at ALL to buy more roses, but if you can use that excuse in your budget feel free to blame me