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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 17:15

The customer is always right.. except when they are wrong. When they get to insulting me I get a little annoyed.

Another Pharmacist I know is totally unflappable. Last time he had someone want to go the the front of the queue , he asked the entire shop full if it was ok if the man (its always a man ) went in front of them. .

The embarassed man had to wait because not one person thought he was so important he could jump the queue.

I have to admit its a long time since a man told me I was only a shop girl and he wanted to speak to the man  in the dispensary. Well you can but he's a counter assistant , and I have 7 O levels, 3  science A levels and an honours degree in Pharmacy, and you still can't have two bottles of codeine linctus.

Then of course there is the ultimate payback. Ripping up the prescription. I have only done that to a drug addict who called me a series of  names and threatened me.  Don't threaten me, sunshine.

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Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:53

I've only done it once.

Man pushed to front of queue, shoved a prescription in my face, as I was dispensing someone elses. I asked him to hand it in at the counter, and fill the back in.

He said he was in a hurry. So are the five people in front of you.

He was parked on a double yellow line.

 I said he should move it as the traffic wardens were pretty hot round here.

Eventually he handed it in at the counter, it came through to me and I said it would be 20 minutes.

Its only a ventolin inhaler.(How many times have I heard that)

Yes but there are five people in front of you who also require their prescription and are waiting in line patiently.

He carried on moaning loudly, complained I didn't know what I was doing.

At this point, feeling understaffed, overworked and  harrassed, I lost it.

 P!** off somewhere else and get them to dispense your prescription said I , as I shoved it in his face.

He went bright red, exited rapidly to his car on double yellow lines.

The entire pharmacy went deadly quiet and I didn't have a peep out of anyone else.

Of course he complained to head office.

The area manager turned up. Please tell me you didn't tell him to p off. Well I asked him nicely, it seemed it was the only way he would understand, and his loud moaning in an attempt to bully me into putting him at the front of the queue,  was likely to lead to a mistake being made.

 So I resorted to something he would understand.

A few IDs, please

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:32

number 2 I'm thinking winter flowering jasmine, yellow flowers on bare stems. (jasminum nudiflorum) or something like that.

number three i'm thinking  Ruscus aculeatus or butchers broom.

A few IDs, please

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:29

Top one with pink flowers is a spirea

bottom one is a japanese autumn flowering anemone.

Jasmine Trachelospermum - How to take cuttings or propagate please?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:23

Trachelospermum jasminoides can be propagated by semi hard cuttings in summer.

I have not grown it in this country, the jasmine does fine, but you need a south facing wall. it likes heat. My friend has one in Fremantle, Western Australia and it really did well on poor soil, with lots of heat.


Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:19

Sometimes if you dead head phlox just below the flower head, it gives some later blooms. I assume you are talking about perennial phlox paniculata, not the annual sort used  as bedding plants. Water well and a feed of flower fertiliser such as phostrogen or comfrey feed or tomorite will help.

Blue Bayou? 2nd time lucky?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 16:16

I find most flowering plants  improve with a teaspoon of phostrogen in a watering can of water.

Shall I carry on with these seedlings?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:59

Pot them into bigger pots and get them outside they don't need heat. Over winter they will die down, keep the soil just damp, and give some protection, but that could be putting the whole pot in a shed or garage. In spring, a slug pellet or three in each pot will help keep off the slugs until they are big enough to get in the ground.  Once they are big enough, the slugs leave them alone.

What is this plant ?

Posted: 31/07/2016 at 08:46

Apart from sky blue, all the other blue delphiniums I have are purple. The one labelled dark blue is the same colour as Salvia amistad.


Posted: 30/07/2016 at 14:42

Watching two weeks of GW on catchup last night, I was getting comments from hubby. Monty has cut the bottom leaves off of his tomatoes.... I did that yesterday.  Monty's tomatoes are nearly ready.  so are mine, I picked some yellow ones and red ones today. I also picked courgettes and beans, so I'm thinking steak potatoes, ratatouille and beans for dinner.

Its not very warm here, but the smell of BBQ's are wafting on the breeze.

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