Our garden blog has just taken a very unexpected twist....
Last Friday at around 2pm I received a phone call saying that the fire brigade are in our garden putting out a fire that started in one of our neighbours garden. Rushing back home, what I found, of what were once very lush and leafy parts of our garden, with a well built outbuilding and a jungle veranda, were these....
|The fire started from one of the neighbours, quickly spreading to adjacent properties including ours|
|Eriobotrya japonica, left Fatsia polycarpa, middle and Trochodendron aralioides, right|
|The garden outbuilding, it was well built and insulated and despite the outside being severely burnt...|
|the inside was not spared from water damage, soot, and burnt smell|
|All our trusty electrical tools, water damaged|
|What was once a tall and proud Liriodendron tulipfera|
|and a beautiful Magnolia delavayi to the right|
|The Jungle Verandah, soot, ash, and water everywhere|
|A jungle no more...|
|Of what were a Dicksonia antarctica to the left and a Trachycarpus wagnerianus to the right|
|Ground ferns burnt|
|Of what's left of our signature blue bench and the ruins of a vase|
Something we haven't mentioned before (and will mention now as to imply a clearer picture of our current, overall situation) is that our house is currently undergoing major renovation. I mentioned on a couple of blog posts before about the work that is happening on our top patio this summer but it is actually much more than that, rather the entire ground floor of the house is undergoing a major facelift. This detail we haven't mentioned before but I thought it's best to mention now as this is the main factor affecting how we are handling what is a very unexpected turn of events in the garden.
So our house is getting a makeover, what we didn't anticipate is that nearly the entire old garden will be needing a makeover too. The garden is supposed to be mostly 'finished' already, and now it needs work doing on it again....
To avoid undue stress we decided to continue concentrating on the house and the restoration of the garden will have to take second fiddle. As soon as necessary arrangements have been sorted then the burnt areas will be cleared, planting beds will be bark mulched and left blank until replacement plants have arrived.
So there you go, a very unexpected and now interesting twist to our gardening adventures. We are fascinated ourselves as to how things will unfold in the coming months, and what changes will happen. Stay with us as we continue to update our blog on how we deal with the damages, the process of clearing out, rebuilding, replanting, and the changes that will happen as a result of this event. And one other aspect we will definitely feature is the response and behaviour of the plants that were affected by the fire. Some are well and truly demised but which ones will resprout and which ones will recover after going through inferno? Plants are amazing things and we're hoping to be surprised.
|Knickers inspecting the unexpected changes (yes, both cats are fine, and so does all the fish)|