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