The sun was out on Saturday and so we made the most of it out in the garden, especially catching up with the weeding! We are winning the battle against Oxalis pes-caprae this year so hopefully there will be much less around next year. There are plenty of finger limes (Citrus australasica) growing, the broadbeans are getting some good height, the lettuces are thriving and the leaves of a Washington Navel tree that I picked up for free due to it being sick-looking are turning green again. The bees were also out and about enjoying the sun and warmth.
We visited Diggers Club at Heronwood to buy some more fruiting plants for the garden and came back with three types of raspberries, a rhubarb, a dwarf almond tree, and a ‘Goldmine’ nectarine. I can’t wait until they all get to the fruiting stage. We bought three types of raspberries that all usually fruit at different types so that we have more raspberries to harvest for a longer period of time.
I also sadly pulled out two native mint plants from our garden: both Round-leaved Mint (Prostanthera rotundifolia), which were growing along the side fence. One of them had died within two years and the other was on its last legs. Apparently these are short-lived plants, so not entirely unexpected. They have been replaced with two Philotheca ‘Flower Girl’, an Australian native that has beautiful star-shaped flowers and feature predominantly alongside the carpark of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne. I would like to get another Prostanthera for the garden but next time put it beside the path so that I can brush past it and enjoy its thyme-like smell. I salvaged the few leaves that were left on one of the bushes and have hung them up to dry in the shed so that we can still use them for cooking. I also cut back our Vietnamese mint and hung the prunings up to dry as well.
Hopefully there are some more sunny weekends coming as it is always therapeutic spending it in the garden.