Monday, July 29, 2013

Life After Fire

With just over a week after the fire some of the plants that were severely burnt are already showing signs of life and start of their recovery....


Agapanthus sp.
Amicia zygomeris
Trachycarpus fortunei pushing out new spear
Dryopteris sp.
As it is still summer and an active growing season this is a big influence as to why  some of the affected plants have pushed out new growth relatively quick after the event. Had if we were in the colder months signs of life would have taken much longer to show up. In a few weeks we will have better ideas which plants are worth saving and keeping, and which ones will have to well and truly go....


Ligularia japonica
Bergenia ciliata
Fallopia japonica 'Variegata'
Musa basjoo


Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis
Trachycarpus wagnerianus pushing out new spear
Ginkgo biloba 'Variegata'
Pulmonaria sp.
Phyllostachys bambusoides

Isn't nature amazing?

Mark :-)

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  1. Yes nature is amazing. They do burnouts places just for this rejuvenation. The question is whether you will be able to wait for some of those exotics to get to the size they were before.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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    1. Indeed Cher, it's more of a question now whether some of them will recover vigorously enough for them to earn their keep when we do the replanting of the affected areas.

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  2. Didnt I say some would come back. I wonder if they will come back bigger and better

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    1. Hopefully some of them will Helen as those who do are likely to stay when we do the cull as we plan for the makeover of the affected areas. All very interesting and we're fascinated ourselves.

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  3. That's quick. I wonder if the same rate of growth and speed or return would be the same if they had just been cut back to the ground rather than burned back? Good news anyway and not a complete loss. As ever both staying very positive which is why I enjoy reading your posts ;)

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    1. Interesting comparison Allan, I suspect the growth rate will be the same had if some of the herbaceous plants were just cut back to the ground. It's also possible the affected areas that got burnt the ground didn't get hot enough to kill the roots too which is good. Quite cheerful to see all the new growth coming back. Time will tell if some will come back vigorously enough to earn their stay in the future replanting :)

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  4. Nature's power to recover truly is amazing, and I'm glad to see the new growth! Good roots equate to a good recovery, and I hope that throughout the growing season progress will be swift.

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    1. Thanks Debs, nature's power is amazing and it's fascinating to watch all of the new growth coming back from the burnt areas.

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  5. This is so encouraging to see! Some of us here in Blogdom were so saddened at your news of the fire.

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    1. That's Alison, all those new growth are cheerful to see :)

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  6. That's amazing. Mother nature is rewarding your positive energy!

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    1. Thanks Loree! She may be naughty but she can be rewarding too!

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  7. Wonderful to see this and that it is happening so quickly must be so encouraging.

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  8. Those green shoots amidst the charred black are so cheering. I'll have to look in your back pages to see how big amicia gets for you. I liked it but took it out for this summer. Gets enormous here.

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    1. Indeed Denise :) Wish we had that problem of Amicia getting too big here. It has proven winter hardy here though and reliable comes back in the summer, but never big enough to be a nuisance.

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  9. Oh so pleased for you and no doubt the recent rain has helped too.

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    1. Indeed Anna, rain and warmth are doing their good trick :)

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  10. Wonderful news! The resilience of nature is truly magical! Hope it continues at this speedy rate. They say fire is reinvigorating - seeing your progress makes me believe it! :)

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    1. It is indeed :) Hopefully it will be a speedy recovery indeed for most of those that are showing new growth already, quite fascinating to see their progress.

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  11. I wouldn't have expected to see regeneration so quickly! I think Mother Nature has a soft spot for the 2 of you!

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  12. Reminds me of a trip to view the devastation after Mt St Helens erupted. Nature is one tough cookie!

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    1. Nature is indeed Ricki. And funny enough I also thought of that place too!

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  13. From the ashes rises the phoenix. That's great news - hopefully many of them will be salvageable.

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    1. Hopefully Matthew. The ones that do recover vigorously are more likely to be kept.

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  14. Brilliant. I am still betting big money that the torched specimen Dicksonia will burst into life next year, or given an Indian summer, perhaps this year.

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    1. We're quite optimistic on that one too Don. The centre is still intact and the bases of the leaves that got burnt are still green so you might be right there, cross fingers!

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  15. I am wishing a speedy recovery for your garden plants. Jeannine

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  16. I'm so cheered by these photos. Yeah, Mother Nature!

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  17. I've just been catching up on reading blogs and I nearly cried when I read about the fire and saw the devasation. I hope insurance covers at least some of it. You may be surprised how many plants will regenerate after fire. A lot of our native species do well. I'm glad the fish and your beautiful cats are OK and I know you will both get through this too.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Missy, we're both fine now and looking forward to the changes ahead :) It is fascinating to see all the new growth coming up.

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  18. Hope in the midst of destruction! What a welcome sight. I hope you aren't going crazy with all of the building, insurance claims, etc.

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    1. Indeed Peter :) It is a bit manic here with all the bits we need to sort out for the building plus sorting out the fire damage on top of that but we're managing.

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  19. Oh my gosh, isn't that great! Life will find a way!

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  20. Aawh thee are great photos! :) I am so happy to see signs of new life. Nature is so powerful - fire destroyed above the soil but Earth gives back new life from below. Thankfully we are having a very warm summer with the occasional good downpour which means excellent growing conditions. Here's hoping these positive signs bode well for the future of the garden x

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    1. Thanks Nat! The warmth and rains we're having at the moment are certainly helping the speedy recovery of some of the plants. It'll be interesting to see how well they will all do in the following weeks to come.

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  21. Isn't this one of the reasons we love plants so much? Here's to a long summer in which they can make a good recovery. I hope you're OK and that you're finding time to step away from all the admin and building work.

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    1. Thank you and yes we're both fine now. I hope we get a good long summer this year (and the following years to come!), we all deserve it! Throw in mild winters too...

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  22. That's awesome to see! I was wondering how the plants would react, if given time...especially since all the burned material returned a lot of nutrients to the soil...and so many plants do evolve to react to fire with a surge of lush growth. Very encouraging :-)

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    1. Thanks Scott! We do wonder if all that ash will do the soil well too, fortifying it and making it more conducive to recovery. All these new growth are indeed very encouraging too see.

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  23. How wondeful to see so much surviving despite the fire, it is going to be a fascinating process, watching and then editing and moving. Hope your internal rennovations are going smoothly and that you can soon get on with re-establishing the structures outside, ready for some moving and planting come Autumn.

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    1. Thanks Janet! All going smoothly so far with the internal renovations. There are some inconveniences yes but nothing we didn't anticipate.

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  24. good news that some plants are growing again. I'll be watching with you to see what recovers in the next weeks.

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  25. Wow, that's amazing. So glad that some things are looking like they'll make a recovery for you. Hope things are settling down and your getting back to somewhat normal. I still can't believe that happened.

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    1. Thanks Deanne! We're both fine now but concentrating more on internal renovations than what's to do outside. It's nice to see some of the plants coming back though :)

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  26. You watch programmes on TV that say a fire does wonders for the growth of plants, it always amazes me how much comes back. I am so pleased to see life coming back to this part of the garden!

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    1. Thanks Libby! We get to see now which of the plants are toughies, not just from the winter but with the extreme opposite of it too.

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  27. It's good to see that it's some of your exotic stuff that's coming back and not just the bread and butter type stuff. I can't wait to see if anything comes back even stronger!

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  28. You are now into your second spring! Amazing come back!

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    1. That's a good way of putting it Andrea, second spring :)

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  29. How wonderful to see life returning already, it really is a ray of hope!

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  30. Fascinating! I am deeply touched by this post. Such devastation yes, but life goes on.

    I would think that this is a testament to good soil.

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