Planting bareroot roses

Planting bareroot roses

My mother in law gave me three beautiful roses for my birthday. She ordered them from a respected grower and they arrived via UPS last weekend. I took them out of the box, soaked them in lukewarm water in the garage and had every intention of planting them on Easter Sunday.
Then the rains came. No biggie. Then the temperature dropped. And not just a little bit, either. We went from overnight lows in the 40’s to dipping into the high twenties.

I’m too scared to plant my roses with the danger of frost lurking (they predict morning snow dustings over the next few days) so they are still soaking in water. What if they leaf out? Will the roots rot if left in the water?

I’m hoping someone out there can ease my fears that my roses will die before they even make it out into the garden.
HELP!

Thanks a bunch!

Laura * Zone 8a * Western Washington

EDIT: I put my three roses in individual pots tonight. I left them outside to enjoy the liquid sunshine (read: it's raining cats and dogs). If the temp drops too low I figured I'd slide them into the garage.
This allows me extra time to prepare the soil and move a few plants taking up prime real estate in the full sun portion of my front yard! Thanks everyone!!!
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