At the far left hand side of the backyard, there is a small unidentified tree, which looks mostly dead and pretty unhappy. It put out a few new leaves at the beginning of the summer, to add the small quantity it already bore on one or two branches. We were regretfully thinking about removing it, until today. I was hacking back the jungle and the Husband was mowing and something caught his eye as he took the mower around the back of the tree. We now know what we have, and we’ll be making strong efforts to save it!
It’s Averrhoa carambola, or Starfruit, and we have one large, perfect fruit! There are numerous blossoms on the living branches, pretty tiny pink ones, so we’ll be watching with interest to see if anything comes of those too.
The fruit is sweet, juicy and full of Vitamin C. However, if you have kidney disease you have to avoid it, as it contains a substance which can cause an impressive list of nasty side effects if your kidneys aren’t working properly. Since both of us are fine in that respect, we’ll be noshing this beauty enthusiastically!
I’ve done another half day on clearing the jungle and filled another trailerful. I’m pretty pleased with the results, both from the point of view of clearing the mess, but also revealing some nice things, particularly the vine-clad trunk of the big old ficus. I’ve dug up a lot of mature agaves and their pups which the chooks would scratch to bits. They’ll go out the front into the right hand flower bed, which is going to contain low maintenance items which don’t root too deeply, since that is where the water meter is, and where the water main runs towards the house. I may have to go and visit some people with succulents so I can take cuttings….
I think one more day will see the clearing of the worst jungle. Elsewhere, I have a bit of heavy pruning to do in the area around the old mulberry to see if I can get it a bit more light and air. It fruits still, in fact, there are some little ones forming already, but it’s being strangled by the overgrown shrubs around it.
I wonder if the garden still has any surprises to spring on us!