On this day three years ago

On this day three years ago

It’s the 18th and the anniversary of the fire storm that hit Canberra 3 years ago. For those who are unaware we live in the district that was hit by the fires. Our house was fine but we lost our garden. On the first anniversary of the fires I decided to post and image of the garden each year on this day.

This is what the garden looked like after the fires and we cleared away all the burnt rubbish.

This what it looks like today.

You may notice that in the first photo there is one dead tree left. For ages we left it there in the hope that it would come back but it didn’t so this year we cut it down and replaced it with an arch. I have planed a rambling rode to grow up it and hopefully it will make a nice spring show as it is near the Mt Fuji.

As you can see the garden has come along. Probably the biggest boost has been that in October last year we came out of drought. Since then the garden has really taken off. My energy for it has too for although we re-established the front garden it was slow to grow since we had little water. There has been one little set back as regular readers might remember someone stole my Lilac tree , that’s right in broad daylight they dug up a tree and took it. I still shake my head in disbelief but have not have any thefts since.

This morning we have had rain – in fact as I write summer thunder is echoing over the ranges. The agapanthus looked so delightful that I have to share this shot with you.

So far I have only ever blogged the front of the yard because the back was such a mess. Since for the front we bought in soil and worked very hard getting it going the side languished during the drought. After the drought broke I decided to tidy up the side of the house. Now I am just waiting for the Autumn sales at the nurseries.

This area was particularly bad as a very hot fire was just the other side of the wall. At the time I was disheartened I didn’t take a photo of it. So far however it looks like this.

This was what was on the other side of the white three years ago.

The whole area of this garden go particularly hot and in areas the clay just sat and was clay for at least 12 months nothing grew in it not even weeds! This year we had weeds galore so realizing things can grow again its time to re-establish that area too. As you can see in the following photos it is an area that is very close to the house.

Here is another photo of the same area. It looks bare at the moment and needless to say this fence is new as it was replaced, but it is a start and it will be interesting to see how they develop next year.

In case people want to place all this in context this is the garden last year and at the time I took some photos of the Canberra fires aftermath.


  1. What a difference sharon!!! Your garden looks lovely…I remember when I first visited your site and I saw the photos you took just after the fires… My heart went out to you and I counted myself very lucky I had never been faced with anything like that… I know an artist who lived on the outskirts of Mansfield… She had the house ‘tailor made’ when they were building it – it was perched right up on a hill with magnificant views… But the continual threat of bush fires was very real in the summer time and in the end it got the better of her and for peace of mind they sold up and came closer into to Melbourne…

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