Sunday, June 21, 2009

What do you give the man that has everything?

Today my family and I celebrated Father’s day at my parent’s home. As you all know my dad is 96 years young and a full time gardener. He is the man who taught me everything I know about gardening.

While visiting last week I noticed that a flower bed in the front of the house need it updating so I decided to do a surprise make over for my fathers day gift, I planted ground orchids, a plant dad likes and one he didn’t have in his garden. Ground orchids are year around flowering plants that need very little attention and do well in our hot and humid climate.

Other photos from dad's garden

Other than cutting the grass dad is responsible for everything else in his garden.

The best avocados in South Florida come from this tree; they should be twice this size by the end of the summer and ready to pick.

My heliconia comes from this one.

This flowering taca was a gift from me last year.

12 comments:

My Little Family: said...

Now that is what I call a father's day!

Skeeter said...

A wonderful Fathers Day gift!

Susan said...

I see where you get your love for gardening and your green thumb!

Dirt Princess said...

So sweet! I bet he is an amazing man, all that gardening has kept him going! One more reason to garden!

keewee said...

Your Dad has a beautiful garden, and i think your gift to him was very loving and thoughtful.

Cheryl said...

Hi Rusty....what a wonderful gift for father's day and what a great Dad you have. Beautiful garden....well done Dad....

ChrisC and JonJ said...

That has to be the best gift ever!
You are a good son,and your dad should be proud of the job he did with you!

vuejardin said...

You dad taking such a good care of his beautiful garden.

Jeanette said...

Gday Rusty. I dont think you could have given your Dad a better gift,He must be amazing man to keep his garden in such beautiful condition.

Prospero said...

Rusty, my gosh, a bat plant! And that Heliconia!

I hope that at 96 I'm still gardening. Kudos to your dad. Tell him he has the greatest garden.

Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Snap! We had almost the same idea Rusty. Although my dad is only 80 years young he unfortunately has nowadays very little time for gardening due to my mother's ill health so as a Father's Day present I did his whole garden for him. I removed all weeds and planted up the garden with seedlings and cuttings from my own garden. My dad was very happy with his present and I'm sure that your dad was too!

mothernaturesgarden said...

With his interest in gardening, yours was the perfect gift.
Donna