On Buying Roses
There have now been several posts by people who have had bad experiences from what I will politely call "marginal vendors," including J&P, who is now into corporate greed mode.
Buy your roses from rose-only dealers with established reputations.
People who love roses buy from: Vintage Gardens, Heirloom Roses, Chamblee Roses, Hartwood Roses, Rogue Valley, Roses Unlimited, Antique Rose Emporium, Palatine. (If I've forgotten any someone here will speak up and no offense meant).
Do not buy from garden centers, generic garden catalogs, ebay-type vendors. You get what you pay for and you frequently have no recourse. Plant are often mislabeled, shipped badly, dried out, etc ad nauseum. If you aren't sure, ask here. We have all been tempted; we've all done it and will proably be tempted again. Sometimes one is luck, but often not.