Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:48
Lucid, roses take a year to fully establish in my experience, even ramblers. I've rarely seen a rose give of it's best till the second year. However to give it it's best possible chance in the first year, get a potted rose, plant using rootgrow sprinkled all over the roots and in the planting hole. The union should be planted below soil level. Add bonemeal and plenty of well rotted compost or manure, then water it in and puddle it. Puddling is where you leave a depression around the rose, and don't fill it it till it's been there for a year. Reason being roses need plenty of water in their first year. Water it weekly with a full watering can (2gals), don't rely on the weather to do the job for you till it gets to winter. Then mulch it heavily, at least 2 inches deep. The following spring, feed it with a rose feed, mulch again carry out any pruning necessary and stand back. It should start to give you the display your'e looking for.