GAR­DEN GIFTS

FOR­GET THE SOCKS AND JOCKS, AND GET DAD A SPE­CIAL GIFT FOR THE GAR­DEN THIS FA­THER’S DAY

The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Front Page -

If Mother Na­ture is mostly re­spon­si­ble for our en­vi­ron­ment, food and the many other fea­tures of how we live, it must fol­low that there is a Fa­ther Na­ture some­where. It is some­thing to pon­der while we think of the day we de­vote to the ado­ra­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of our fa­thers.

Fa­thers and gar­dens his­tor­i­cally are associ­ated with grass and lawn keep­ing. In the old days, it was out of ne­ces­sity that men mostly took care of the gar­den pro­duce depart­ment. They lugged the cow, sheep and com­post bags, turned the soil to an ex­quis­ite tilth and knew how to deal with ma­raud­ing bugs and things that had no place eat­ing what he had grown.

In some ways, not a lot has changed.

Tech­nol­ogy has in­ter­fered with the or­ganic na­ture of life in a gar­den and prob­a­bly just as well.

Who re­ally wants to sweat over a push mower or use an old pair of sheep shears to trim an edge or two? Not when you can plug and play with just about any trim­mer, snip­per, cut­ter, mower and a dread­fully noisy blower, com­ple­mented with a range of syn­thetic chem­i­cals that will en­sure you win any of the bug wars. Then there are po­tions to soften the hard­est soil and oth­ers to make sure there the wa­ter never runs out. End­less op­por­tu­ni­ties.

This Fa­ther’s Day you might want to con­sider mak­ing it even eas­ier for dad and his dahlias or his den­dro­bi­ums with a gift for a man who has ev­ery­thing, with a load of qual­ity sandy loam to spread and level the lawn, maybe even a corer for the lawn if he is the grassy type.

A good pair of se­ca­teurs (Swiss if you’re prop­erly se­ri­ous) of the beau­ti­fully bal­anced er­gonomic kind, will make life eas­ier in prun­ing sea­son. A beau­ti­fully bal­anced spade, or build his antique gar­den col­lec­tion with a lovely gar­den piece from the past such as an antique tim­ber-han­dled beech and cast-iron farm­ers gar­den pitch­fork. Time­less qual­ity. Visit: thean­tique­store.com.au/ The pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less and will outdo the bore­dom of giv­ing and re­ceiv­ing socks and jocks any time when it comes to choos­ing a Fa­ther’s Day gar­den present for your dad.

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