I've mentioned I've been doing a lot of dormant season pruning already this year. We've had some mild weather, but I know things can change at any second (with all due deference to Phil and friends). I hold off on pruning my roses until I start to see some action in the leaf buds. Once they start to swell there's no turning back, I might as well get my clean up done while they have lots of energy. For now, I'll just check on their mulch and make sure my climbers are securely pinned down.
But gardeners with no frost fears (and who is that this year?) need to get the pruners sharpened, if you want your plants to be in peak shape for early spring. Even where roses don't go dormant, they will benefit from trimming and shaping. So whether you are pruning or pining, here's some advice for spring rose care.