Then came the hard part, actually taking the shears and severing the plants from one another. Not that it is physically hard, just the wondering if it is really ready to be on its own. (Do I sound like a parent with two kids in college.) This is made easier by knowing that dormancy and being well hydrated keeps the stress levels down on the plants and that now each will be able to recover more easily. After separating the two plants I added some new soil on top of the uncovered lateral and roots, pulled the mulch back over, and then watered them again. Now I will wait until March to move the new plant to its new location at the Prague Rose Garden.