Just planted by three bushes
It's been over 20 years since I planted any. First thing I learned is that I had a lot more energy in my 40s than in my 60s. I was smart enough to dig the holes a couple days before planting. The way I prepared the soil is to dump a couple bags of planting mix on the driveway and the heavy clay soil from the holes in a pile next to the planting mix. I shovel the clay into the planting mix and then shovel the pile into another pile and then move the pile again. This is how always do it. I was pooped. I planted a rose and took a short break between planting the next.
I always planted roses with the bud union above ground level. The growers instructions said to plant with the union slightly below ground level, which I did. I unpacked the roses on Thursday and had them soaking in a B1 solution for two days. The instructions said 1 to 24 hours. One site said up to a week.
Back when I was a teenager, my father asked me to dig a 100 foot drainage ditch from the back yard (which flooded) to the street. The soil was hard adobe. I would dig the ditch and then fill it with water to soften the soil and dig some more until the ditch was deep enough to drain properly.
I used the same technique to dig the holes for the roses.
What has me concerned is that it took a long time for two of the holes to drain. I've heard that wet feet is bad for trees and plants. Only time will tell. The plants were great.
Strong root system. The St. Patricks has 7 canes, the Olympiad 6 and the Double Delight 4.
The Deer repellant better do a good job.