How appropriate for you to post this week-end. I have a similar rose on the side of my home and it is always the first and last to bloom. It's wonderful to have that rose as a remembrance. They're so tricky to transplant. She must have been helping you.
As I get older, I find I miss my mom more than ever (and it's been 11 years). But, I like to think she's still near tho' unseen.