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Fed up

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 19:40

Bulkerb I had a similar problem last year. My main client went to see a show garden in France. She came back and wondered why hers wasn't as good. I asked her to tell me about the garden. She then described a full time gardener and the money spent on the garden by the owners. I politely pointed out the difference in a few days a week and the budget and how it being my first year in the garden I had to learn how the garden worked, what went with what, what was out of place what needed pruning, when, how, and if she wanted what she wanted then it took my time my skill and above all HER patience and trust in me. Previously she had let the garden go after the death of her husband and the previous gardener just followed her instructions resulting in semi organised chaos. Tell them what you're doing, why and when and what for and what the result will be. If necessary point out they know a lot less than you do and that's why they employ you. Take them on a tour and get them to point out what they're not happy with. If what they come up with is either not possible or just blatant ignorance then be frank with them and don't pull your punches. You need to be brutally honest with the clients. Tell them of they're not happy then get another gardener. If they can find one who keeps that as well you obviously do then be prepared to walk away. Either that or increase your days or increase your rate of pay. Much as though it hurts not to be appreciated (I know the feeling only too well), good gardeners are hard to find. Let them get a cowboy in. There are a lot more cowboys about than good gardeners. 

By the way, she's now perfectly happy and I can't keep up with the recommendations. I have over 300 plants in a greenhouse that was empty last year, plus more arriving. Don't forget you're in charge of the garden, that's what they employ you for. Rose beds look rubbish at this time of year anyway.

 

Can you identify these plants?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:09

Has the look of a tree peony. Would have to be one of the Japanese ones, they're shorter than the Chinese.

What plant is this?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 14:06

Philadelphus is deciduous Steve, nutculet may know.

Best potting mix for Crinum

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:50

I've been asked to plant some crinum for a client. Having looked at the RHS site it says moist but well drained, so I was thinking of MPC plus grit. If anyone has a better mix I'd love your input.

Feeding pond plants - any tips?

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:05

Rob you don't need to feed pond plants. All they need is water and sun. They make their own food. They get all they need from their environment. If you upset the balance of the pond with extra feed you'll have problems.

Lilly of the Valley

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 18:02

They're pretty robust Guernsey. I wouldn't do a thing personally.

Sowing Foxgloves (Digitalis)

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 15:01

You can start them now and plant out later in the year. I do. Works for me.

ID please

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 14:59

All I can see is herb Robert and a willowherb.

Ants

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:36

Leave them alone James, they're essential and won't harm crops.

Laying Turf on an uneven mess.

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:35

I think your main issue is compaction Nick. To test drainage dig a hole about a foot deep and fill with water. If it drains well you're not on clay if it doesn't you may well be on clay. Clay is easy to spot if it's wetted you can roll it into a ball or squeeze in your hand and it won't break up. If it's clay you can lay pea shingle and manure then rotavate. If it's not clay you don't need the grit or pea shingle, just manure.

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