Before I get into caring for your rose plants to prepare them for overwintering, I need to make a comment about one of my favorite places in Auburn, Hoopes Park. I have not been there very much this summer, and as I walked around the whole park a few evenings ago, I was very pleasantly surprised at the flowerbed behind the clubhouse, the garden with the fountain. For the past several years it has been planted with a nice variety of various annuals and perennials. It always looked nice. It was always well-maintained. But it was never striking. It never jumped out at you. This day, it did. It had been planted with rose bushes and was ablaze with hundreds of beautiful blossoms. The park crew has done a wonderful job with this beautiful spot in our city this year, as in the past.