Black stems - dead?
Today was a nice day, so I was out inspecting the gardens. I noticed one of my roses has completely black stems, so I have a feeling it didn't make it through the winter. I'm not surprised - it was just planted last summer, and a rabbit had eaten all the leaves off of it by the end of summer, so it wasn't in a real strong state going into winter. Very disappointing though, because it's one that's difficult to obtain - Nicole. The place I got it last year (Heirloom) doesn't have it this year.
When the stems are completely black, is that a pretty good indicator that the plant is dead?