Has survived the first winter. Purchased June 2015 in a large pot with blooms from a big-name company at a Long Island nursery. Was on a root stock. About 90% die-back, to about the snow line, which is normal for my 5b and many shoots are now coming from above the rootstock. Was planted deeply, the scion just touching ground level..
Purchased 2011 from Houston Garden Centers. This rose was always the first to come down with blackspot. In the Spring it also had rust. My bush dwindled (from constant disease?) to a one cane wonder and didn't bloom much. The flowers it did produce were beautiful, even though, for whatever reason, they weren't that fragrant in my garden. I'm not a quick one to shovel prune, and will usually wait around so long to ditch a rose that I eventually love it again and keep it. I just never loved this rose, and am replacing it with Big Purple.