Who's hardy, who's not?
We had the first zone 6 winter in nearly 30 years, minus 5, and then a real hard freeze in mid-April that I'm sure affected a lot of you. Some roses were well leafed out for that one.
What was left of my garden (after a rosette epidemic) took a hit. Some small replacement plants died. Most of the modern bush roses were injured to the ground or near that. I pruned them down, they started growing out, and then the new growth was killed. Now they are looking good, but won't bloom until June. Some were cane-hardy: 'Savoy Hotel', 'Mother of Pearl', and 'Heaven on Earth'.
Sadly, none of my 'Souvenir de la Malmaison' sports proved cane hardy. Also I've seen a mature 'Mutabilis' (not mine) that was killed outright.
Generally, the Austin roses and 'Gruss an Aachen' / Pink Gruss were cane hardy, but, on some, the new growth went blind from the late freeze, so I had to reprune very late. Externally, the young shoots had looked OK. One surprise was that a mature 'William Shakespeare 2000' was frozen to the ground and still isn't coming back very strong.
Last couple of days, the first roses opened, 5 weeks later than last year. 'Prospero' was the first--a tough little guy, and was ever a lovely child described in such derogatory fashion by his father? It's great to have roses, even if the garden looks awful with a bank of brown frozen ivy behind it.
I've found and eliminated the main source of RRD, so hoping for better luck.