I use that title as a little bit of a joke because VPH doesn't really care what we do on Father's Day as long as his boys are here to hang out, which of course they are. But today is also our 12th wedding anniversary, so I do feel a little bad about spending the whole day in the garden or playing Mario Galaxy 2 (my other current obsession). Yesterday we got up and out the door early to watch a friend's son ride in a Trike-A-Thon to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Killingworth. The 2-3 year old class -- try to imagine anything cuter:
Then we took a nice leisurely drive on the back-roads with no clear destination in mind. We ended up having a fabulous lunch at a restaurant in Centerbrook that SS2 had raved about last month -- Gabrielle's. They had a beautiful greenhouse in back of the restaurant, but I didn't take any photos because I would have had to ask for permission to post them and I didn't want to get into all that. We headed home to our now shaded garden which desperately needed watering. We were feeling lazy, so yup, we dragged out the hose and sprinkler, but the over-seeded sections of lawn needed the water too, so it's not really that wasteful:
While the sprinkler ran, I finally thinned the carrots and 'pruned' the climbing nasturtium. I was surprised by how many carrots I had to pull. I didn't think I had seeded them that thickly:
I'm loving the nasturtiums in the raised veggie bed. The 3 rows of carrots are now nicely thinned and the cucumbers have more sun. They're growing slowly, but 2 plants have little tiny flowers, so that's kind of exciting. I still have that empty space for basil seedlings to be transplanted:
The veggie garden in all its glory (gotta do something about the Yukon Gold potatoes falling over, but I don't know what):
And the wall of tomatoes and bean centerpiece:
I couldn't resist the newly marked down herbs at Vaiuso. Seriously, at $1/each, who could? I came home with a silver edged thyme, an English lavender, and a hot & spicy oregano for my garden. But I couldn't stop there. I grabbed 2 each of lemon grass, rosemary, golden oregano, purple sage, silver edged thyme, and big leaf Italian basil. Then I started thinking about what I would do with all those herbs. Some will get plunked into empty spots in some of my containers, but not all of them. I decided to grab 2 inexpensive containers there too and plant up herb baskets for 2 of my friends. I didn't realize until I got home that the containers were actually intended to be hanging baskets (there were no hangers or discs for the bottoms on the shelf with them). But the drainage issue is easily solved by drilling a few holes in the bottom-most sections of the containers and the holes on the rim for the hangers are small enough that they don't really bother me:
Now the sun's shining and SS2 put World Cup play on the TV, so I think I can sneak out to the garden without detection. Happy Father's Day!