Roses forum: Thought I'd check in with you guys!

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Mar 3, 2019 1:40 AM CST

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Oh what a wonderful one to have survived!


So many uncertainties Beth, stay strong! Thank you for checking in.
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Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Mar 3, 2019 1:44 AM CST
Hey Beth,
I'm so glad you checked in with us. We really do think about you a lot! Green Grin!
Oh, and what a bit of sunshine in your life to have chicks around! Just what you needed to put a smile on your face. How sweet. Lovey dubby
And what a fabulous thing that so many of your roses have survived. I'm beyond surprised that they would!
The prices sound like quite the deterrent to rebuilding. If not for your roses needing a home, it may be worth it to rent somewhere else for a few years and then rebuild once the water has cleared and the prices have gone down. But that won't work. And thankfully so...your roses survived!!
Carol

KSPNW8
Mar 3, 2019 12:05 PM CST
That news about your water supply is devastating! I hope they discover a way to shorten the waiting period you all will have for clean water. Looking forward to hearing more about your rose rescue mission as it progresses!
Name: Beth
Northern California (Zone 9b)
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Beth_NorCal
Mar 10, 2019 9:59 PM CST
Well, progress is going very slowly. This weather just is not cooperating at all. Rain, rain, rain, cold... it's a mess. FEMA decided to hault all cleanups until the weather clears up. The water is adding extra weight to the debris being hauled away, and it's just plain a big mess anyway. So makes sense. I think they were making the crews wait til like the 19th. Give it all some time to dry out. The guys I hired can't get them to approve the permits. But I've heard other private contractors are having the same issue. I guess too many people trying to clean up and not enough people at Environmental Health Dept to push the permits thru. This unprecidented fire is becoming a working model for future disaster cleanups.

We did manage to get up to the property today. My husband and our younger son moved all sorts of yard art and ceramic pots to the back to get them out of the way. So many of my beautiful pottery was already cracked from the fire, and many ended up breaking totally apart as they tried to move them to the backyard. Bummer. I worked on digging up some more roses that might be in the path of the crew. I finally got the nerve to pull out my precious DA rose SUMMER SONG from the huge ceramic pot it was in. The bud union was black, but I scraped around it and looks like maybe, possibly, there might be a little life left in it, altho the roots broke out of the pot too easily, so I'm not so sure it will be viable. Only time will tell. Thankfully I had gotten one rooted and sent it to a guy from the other Forums who told me it's doing fine and he will try to start me a new plant from it when it gets bigger. That was one rose I really did not want to lose!!

Many of my red DAs (and similar roses) that were in this bed just a few feet from the back of the house are completely gone. No trace of anything. I did dig around and found one of my rarer DAs... WISE PORTIA. She never did very well, but she is alive and has 2 shoots coming. But I don't remember if she was a grafted one or own root, so again, only time will tell!! One that made me happy tho was JANET. She's alive! Oh and one of the roses I brought here where we are staying FINALLY has sent out a new shoot... HIROSHIMA'S CHILDREN. I was sooo afraid I totally lost it this time. Thankfully it's own root, so I know it will be true....

Anyway, I'm getting very anxious to get out of this situation here. We really appreciate the couple who is letting us stay in their home with our animals... but we really want to have our own home!!! I can't wait to get things rolling. This sitting here waiting is driving me crazy. My husband too! Oh and as far as the water situation goes... apparently Culligan has a very good whole house water filtration system that many people are going to put on their homes and it's supposed to be able to filter the Benzene out. So we will definitely be doing that!

Will check in once in awhile to keep you guys posted.
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 10, 2019 11:50 PM CST

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Thanks for checking in regularly, Beth. We're all interested in your progress and sympathizing with you on your losses. Great to hear the news about the water filtration system, Janet, and Hiroshima's Children.
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Mar 11, 2019 7:49 AM CST
Good to hear from you, Beth! I understand your frustration. Humans are not programmed to wait very well. I hope things start moving along soon.
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Mar 11, 2019 11:38 AM CST
Yes, kudos to the couple that's letting you stay with them! Group hug
I'm so happy that your mood is still upbeat, and that you've saved so many wonderful roses! I still can't believe that roses can survive fire. Amazing!
Pottery can be so expensive...what a shame. But, it's so good that you still have many positives.
And thank you so much for keeping in touch with us. I/We really appreciate it.

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Mustbnuts
Mar 11, 2019 1:57 PM CST
whooo hoooo Beth! Hopefully your frustrating wait will soon be over and you can progress with the house building and remaining clean up. Warmer days are coming. We are supposed to hit 78 degrees here next week. Yikes!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Calif_Sue
Mar 11, 2019 2:31 PM CST

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I am happy to see this thread pop up again, thank you for keeping us up to date although we sure can see how frustrating it all is!
If that Summer Song fails to thrive, I have 2 and would be more than happy to send you one! It would make room for something else for me!!
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KSPNW8
Mar 11, 2019 3:20 PM CST
I'm glad that you found a possible solution for the water situation! Looking forward to hearing more updates, and finding out how many more of your roses pull through this spring. Hang in there!
Name: Linda Murray
S.W.Michigan (Zone 6a)
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LindyLou2
Mar 12, 2019 10:43 AM CST
I looked up the roses you mentioned and they are all lovely. I'm glad you are still finding live plants.It must be like a Treasure Hunt! Every one that is still alive is a treasure. The weather just hasn't been cooperating for you at all, has it. Well, you found a solution to the water problem and I know you will find answers for the rest of your worries. They may seem insurmountable, but you are pioneers now. Keep chipping away at that unmovable mountain and you'll be home before you know it!
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Ray_Gun
Mar 12, 2019 11:35 AM CST
Thanks for the update Beth! Great news on Summer Song and Janet! I hope you're able to progress on cleanup and rebuild soon. I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to wade through all the bureaucracy etc. just to get started on the real work. I'm sure it's tough having to stay with neighbors but you're so very fortunate to have the safety net and that's what good friends and neighbors are for. I continue to wish you good luck and keep you and your community in my prayers. Group hug Angel
Name: John
Wales
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Meandmyroses
Mar 22, 2019 12:06 PM CST
Hi Beth
The fire at paradise was well documented on tv news over here.
the shear ferocity of that blaze was one scary bugger, and no mistake.
news of your roses rising like the phionix from the ashes was heartening
to hear. However you have difficult choices ahead, but from what I have read on this thread thus far "you will" prevail, and my wife and I wish you all the luck in the world.
Kindest regards
John and Sue

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