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What do you wish you'd known when you started?

I received my order of roses from RU yesterday (five healthy, leafy one-gallon plants, with Pomponella and Koko Loco already flowering in the box!) and as anxious as I am to get planting, we've got nothing but thunderstorms in the forecast for the next 4-5 days. So the roses are sitting in my bathtub, getting sun (what little we have) from the window, and waiting for the weather to break a bit so they can go outside.

I'm impatient to get things going, but since I have a little forced hiatus, I thought it might be fun/useful to ask you experienced folks: what's the biggest thing you wish you'd known when you were starting out with roses? My rose experience is limited to one ancient Joseph's Coat rose my mom and I grew when I was a kid—though I've been reading this forum every day for months now—so I'm hoping to learn from your experience!

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