Roses forum: My home is gone in the fire

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Name: Beth
Northern California (Zone 9b)
Roses Enjoys or suffers hot summers Container Gardener Clematis Garden Photography Birds
Irises Keeper of Poultry Region: California Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies
Nov 11, 2018 10:58 AM CST
Hi everybody. Just wanted to let you know we lost our home in the massive Camp Fire in Paradise, CA on Thursday. We won't be able to go in to see the damage for ourselves for a few weeks. We did get some photos thanks to my husband's coworker who was somehow able to get in to asses our home and his. Most of my roses are still ok from what he said, but they probably won't survive til we can get there. It's been a horrific experience. My son and I had to drive out past flames and burning homes on our way down to Chico. We thought we were going to die. We didn't get much out, but got the 4 cats and the dog. Had to leave the chickens. I'm so sad about that. Will try to keep you updated. I have sooooo many rare roses. It just sickens me that they may all be permanently lost.
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Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
Nov 11, 2018 11:07 AM CST

I am deeply sorry for your loss. As horrifying as it was, I'm glad you (and your son, and your fur babies) are safe. It is gut-wrenching of thinking of the possibility of losing your chickens and rare roses, and no words of comfort, but only time, will help you heal. Hang in there. Thanks for the update.
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses Clematis Irises
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Nov 11, 2018 11:27 AM CST


Thank you so much for checking in, Beth. All of us were worried about you. Group hug
Name: Linda
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
Container Gardener Ferns Enjoys or suffers hot summers Canning and food preservation Cactus and Succulents Keeper of Poultry
Garden Art Butterflies Sempervivums Sedums Hummingbirder Hostas
Nov 11, 2018 11:29 AM CST
So sorry for your loss. I can't imagine the feelings you are dealing with. Know I am sending prayers for healing and comfort. Keep the faith.
Name: Jin
Orlando, Fl (Zone 9b)
Nov 11, 2018 12:22 PM CST
Beth, I am so sorry. I was so worried about you . I am glad you and your family are safe and animals too.
It is so scary driving on roads that are in flames. I cannot imagine what you went through.
Sending you prayers.
If there is anything I can help with msg me. Pls

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Nov 11, 2018 12:30 PM CST
Beth, good to hear that you and your family are safe.
Name: Sheila
Rogue Valley (Zone 8a)
Nov 11, 2018 12:35 PM CST
So sorry to hear this Beth. We are all feeling for you and your family.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Roses Zinnias Region: Missouri Cat Lover Dog Lover Bookworm
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: United States of America Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Nov 11, 2018 12:47 PM CST
Glad to hear you and the fur babies are safe!! Group hug Group hug
Name: Lola
Keeps Sheep Roses Cottage Gardener Garden Photography Birds Farmer
Nov 11, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Beth, I am so sorry for the terrible losses you have had. Here in Australia we are sending as many firefighters as we can spare to allow your local ones time to rest. I hope there are a few things you can salvage from the destruction, especially the rare roses that were so special. My thoughts are with you. Lola.
Name: Karen
NM (Zone 7b)
Region: New Mexico Region: Arizona Cactus and Succulents Plays in the sandbox Greenhouse Sempervivums
Bromeliad Adeniums Morning Glories Avid Green Pages Reviewer Brugmansias Garden Ideas: Level 1
Nov 11, 2018 12:52 PM CST
Group hug Group hug Group hug Oh Beth, I'm so sorry. I'm glad you and the family are ok. I'm hoping you haven't lost all of your roses.
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(Zone 10b)
Nov 11, 2018 2:18 PM CST
Beth, I am glad you and your family and pets are safe. I am so sorry for the loss of your home and particularly your chickens. I know how fond you were of them. On the other site, Jackie thinks the roots of your roses may have survived, so if they are own root, they may be ok. I hope so. It would be good to be able to salvage something.
I read a post from you recently, where you said you and your DH were finally able to begin getting on top of things. This is indeed a bitter blow.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
Spiders! Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry Birds Fruit Growers Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Nov 11, 2018 2:31 PM CST
Kind thoughts heading your way. So sorry for your loss.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.

Nov 11, 2018 3:00 PM CST
Beth, I'm so very sorry to read that your home is gone. I've been worried and hoping you, your husband, and your pets were able to evacuate in time. Words seem so inadequate in the face of the incredible loss you've suffered. I'm sincerely sorry about your home, chickens, and roses, but very thankful that you both escaped with your lives. My heart goes out to you. Lisa
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Nov 11, 2018 4:06 PM CST
Oh, Beth -- I'm so sorry. I was hoping that somehow your home was among those spared from the fire.

The whole thing breaks my heart. I can't find the words to say more.
Name: Kris Legault
Southern Oregon (Zone 8a)
Nov 11, 2018 4:27 PM CST
Beth, my heart is overwhelmed with sadness for you family and your entire town. Such loss.
We are so relieved that you are safe and I am believing along with your rose family that your roses will not only survive but thrive .
Please remember that you never walk alone
You can't plant your new favorite rose if you are still watering your least favorite
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
Nov 11, 2018 6:43 PM CST
Terrible, terrible news....I've been so worried about everyone over there, never dreaming that 'one of our own' from here would lose everything. We have evacuated before in SoCal and it was an awful experience, yet were spared the heartbreak that you are going through....I wish I had help to offer, I don't other than to ask that any strength and grace I may have coming to me, be given to you.....
I could be wrong...
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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(Zone 10b)
Nov 11, 2018 7:06 PM CST
Beth, I hope you're insured, but if not, we have something called GoFundMe. Do you have it in the US, or something similar? I'm sure your many friends here, and on the other site would love to be able to help out. Trish
Name: Diana
Southeast Missouri (Zone 6a)
Region: Missouri Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover Cat Lover Hibiscus Daylilies
Irises Vegetable Grower Canning and food preservation Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Nov 11, 2018 7:15 PM CST
So sad, Beth. Crying
I don't follow the rose threads, but I have enjoyed seeing your beautiful rose photos in the database. I hope you have many roses on their own roots that can recover, and good insurance. Group hug

Nov 11, 2018 7:26 PM CST
I am so sorry Beth!! My thought and prayers are with you and your family! I am glad you have your lives, that is most important. To rebuild is hard but I'm sure with time, you'll be fine.
Name: Cheryl
Houston Texas Area (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Greenhouse Plant Identifier Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Plumerias Ponds
Foliage Fan Enjoys or suffers hot summers Tropicals Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Nov 11, 2018 7:26 PM CST
Group hug Group hug I am so sorry to hear this... Crying
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