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Dec 16, 2018 1:09 AM CST
Name: Beth
Northern California (Zone 9b)
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Well, it took over 5 weeks to finally be allowed in the see the destruction from the Camp Fire. Just thought I'd pop in and let everybody know that I lost EVERYTHING. Not one rose survived. Some look like they might've been savable, but after this long with only a little rain in between, they're finished. Some actually just totally vanished. No signs of a rose bush having even been there. Some of them were my most rare ones too. Makes me sick. And the chickies did not survive. Unfortunately they were burned, and then eaten later. We found bones and body parts all over the place. One of the neighbors' cat got left behind and apparently they provided sustenance for him throughout the time he was alone. Going back tomorrow to go thru the house remains to try and find anything that might've made it. Haha.
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Dec 16, 2018 1:27 AM CST
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Heartbreaking! So, so sorry.
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Dec 16, 2018 1:39 AM CST
Name: Lola
Tasmania
Region: Australia Birds Garden Photography Cottage Gardener Farmer Irises
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I'm so sorry, Beth. I was hoping your chickens were among those found roaming the streets and being fed by animal rescue. It is terrible that all your roses were lost but I noticed there are many of them on the database so there is a record of some of them at least. I hope you don't find going through the ashes of your home too stressful. Sometimes finding the most insignificant possession among the ruins is like finding treasure.

I hope your new home is quickly built so you can settle back into a somewhat normal routine. I wish you and your family all the best for the holidays and hope the new year brings you only good things. Lola Lovey dubby Group hug
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Dec 16, 2018 3:31 AM CST
(Zone 5b)
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Beth,
You're in our thoughts and best wishes.

Tisha
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Dec 16, 2018 4:26 AM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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Dec 16, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Dec 16, 2018 10:07 AM CST
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Beth, I am so sorry. However, I am glad that you and your family are fine (both furry and human). Please reach out to us as I know going through this will not be easy and you have great support and love from all of us. Again, when you are ready, I am happy to send cuttings of anything I have for you.
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Dec 16, 2018 10:53 AM CST

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Beth - I'm so sorry to hear about your losses. Some of us donated to the Go Fund Me account set up for you and I hope that it's been of some help to you and your family.

Thank you for sharing your lovely roses with us over the years. I hope you were able to save your computer or the images through a cloud server. I know someone who had to leave their garden of many years. Being able to still look at her photos is easing the transition.

Best wishes,
Ann
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Dec 16, 2018 11:53 AM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Awwww...Beth....I am beyond sorry. We've all been thinking of you. I've so sorry for you and your family...especially for your chickens and roses. We all know how much both meant to you. Group hug Group hug
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Dec 16, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
It's heartening to hear from you, Beth -- though the news is no better than we feared. But I suspect it had to be faced, before you, and your family, can begin to move forward.

Now, when you start over (because, of course, you will) you can correct any mis-steps you took the first time, and create the garden of your dreams.
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Dec 16, 2018 12:37 PM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Very good point Jeri - it had to be faced, before they can move forward.
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Dec 16, 2018 10:20 PM CST
Name: Kris Legault
Southern Oregon (Zone 8a)
Beth. I am so sad for your losses. Prayers for comfort and peace during such a difficult time.
Kris
You can't plant your new favorite rose if you are still watering your least favorite
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Dec 17, 2018 11:34 AM CST
Name: Ken Wilkinson
N.E. GA. (Cornelia) (Zone 7b)
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Beth---I can't imagine what you and your family are going through. Take a deep breath and take one step at a time.
It's a rose!!! It has nothing to do with life and death.
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Dec 18, 2018 2:54 AM CST
East TN (Zone 7a)
Oh Beth, I'm so sorry to hear it! I can't imagine how difficult it will be for you to rebuild. It's a blessing that you will have your family to support and encourage one another through the tough times ahead. I hope for better days ahead for all of you.
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Dec 18, 2018 8:37 AM CST
Name: Bonnie
Texas
Beth I am so sorry for you and your families loss. I understand what your going through, this is a overwhelming time but you will get through it and rebuild. Many prayers to you for strength and patience, you will need both as you move forward lol.
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Dec 18, 2018 9:12 AM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Beth, I joined this site just to see how you were doing and am so sorry to hear about the total loss to both "your girls" and your magnificent collection of roses. I hope in time you can replace at least some of the roses. I think about you alot and can't even imagine beginning again. Please take courage that anyone of us will help anyway we can, so please just ask. Also, while I know keeping occupied is often the best and most useful remedy, take the time to mourn. You have been through so much prior to this and I often admired your spirit and hopeful sense of tomorrow. Anyway, just wanted to let you know I'm thinking of you.
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Dec 19, 2018 10:07 AM CST
Name: Kris Legault
Southern Oregon (Zone 8a)
Beth I believe that anyone who has been around a while and has seen the magnificent pictures of your roses is grieving with you the sad loss that will take years to repair if ever. We share your hearbreak over your loss.
know that we are thinking of you and if there's anything we can do, and I know that's easy to say but honestly I believe that any one of us would hop in our car and head down to help you out.
Like Vap said, take time to grieve , you have faced a traumatic life event.
My prayer is that through the ashes the Phoenix in you will rise again.
Peace be with you Beth
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Dec 19, 2018 1:18 PM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Yes, Beth, we are all thinking of you and wishing the best for you. We are all sooo sorry about your losses. This is heart breaking.
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Dec 19, 2018 11:55 PM CST
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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So sorry to to hear about your devastation Beth, thank you for taking the time to check in. It's going to continue to be an emotional and tough future, hopefully the process of moving forward will at least give you some measure of control. Look forward, not behind.
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Dec 19, 2018 11:57 PM CST
Name: Linda Murray
S.W.Michigan (Zone 6a)
Region: Michigan
Beth, my heart hurts for you. You grieve for your treasures and the very bed you slept in. You can't sit in your own kitchen and dream. I wish we could fast-forward you into a happier time. But it will come. You can still make plans and dream up a great garden. They can't take that away!

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