On Sunday 18 June we will be celebrating all fathers (including foster fathers, stepfathers, godfathers and grandfathers). Let’s make it a party in the garden or on the patio with gifts that will delight fathers. How about a barbecue box, a refreshing cocktail or a plant with health benefits?
Add flavour to the barbecue
Father’s Day isn’t complete without a couple of vigorous sessions at the barbecue. Get the coals to precisely the right temperature, flip the burgers and turn the kebabs. Gift tip: put together a collection of rugged plants and herbs in an orange crate to make the barbecue even tastier. Think of plants like curry plant, rosemary, garlic and mint.
After a busy week at work, there’s nothing nicer than putting your feet up and chilling out with your favourite drink - preferably a home-one made like elderflower lemonade or tea. Another good idea is to give your father a hop plant that he can use to brew his own beer. Too much work? A lemon tree is the perfect mix of rugged and decorative, and is also multifunctional. Use the lemon juice in a salad, make a refreshing lemonade with a couple of mint leaves, or slice up the lemon to garnish your gin and tonic.
We want to enjoy our fathers for as long as possible. There are many plants you can grow yourself which promote health and can treat minor ailments. For example, red sage is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and positive effect on the heart. Aloë vera is the ideal house, garden and kitchen product in the summer for relieving sunburn, and looks incredibly tough.
In & Out plants
Outdoors is also the perfect place to give Dad an In & Out plant. What’s that? A plant that usually lives indoors, but that likes to go outside in the summer months. Have you decided what you’re going to give him this year?
* Worth mentioning:
Edible flowers and plants are produced in special way so that they are suitable for human consumption. The (cut) flowers and plants that you buy in shops are not suitable for consumption.
Photo credit: Amanda Tipton