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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 16:02

The ones who regard sick leave as extra holidays  spoil it for the hard workers. The company I worked for gave everyone six weeks paid sick plus four weeks holiday plus eight bank holidays. Most of the staff had been there a long time. A new person started, and never put in a full week. Over a year she took the full amount of sick time in odd days for  non specific illnesses. The others were getting fed up with it, and  started doing the same. I fired the new one, and we altered the sick allowance to three weeks, and any other was subject to approval by a director. Someone needing a hysterectomy but had hardly had a day off in years got three months sick on full pay. The ones not coming in due to a hangover didn't get paid.   A large company cannot do it. A small company cannot afford to have shirkers who throw sickies on a regular basis.  Yes, I was regarded as either "that bloody woman" or a B!!**.  Normal service resumed.  I have often sent home people who are too sick to be there, and they were paid for it. I do not think people who are genuinely ill should be penalised.

Spiraea arguta

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 12:29

I prune off all the flowered stems back to a new growing shoot. If you do it now, as the flowers have finished the new growth ripens enough to flower next year. If you leave it until later, you lose next years flowers.

Help please in identifying this plant

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:44

Fork it out, every bit left will send up new shoots. Hit the second flush with glyphosate. Hit the third flush with glyphosate. Good luck. Do not compost what you fork out. Either send it to the council in green waste bins or burn it.

Last edited: 23 May 2017 20:44:40

Recognise this

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:41

Let it flower this year. I mean if it grows to six foot, take it down to 18 inches high from soil level, in Spring.  If it is in the wrong place, take some cuttings which will root easily in some gritty compost, then if the moving fails, you have a back up. Of course you may not like it when it flowers, so you could just dig it up then and replace with something you like.

Beech Hedge

Posted: 23/05/2017 at 20:37

Its normal to trim Beech in August  so that it keeps its leaves in winter, but it would do no harm to cut that down by half.  Each spindly main shoot could come down by two feet. That would encourage it to bush and ultimately make a better hedge. A good watering , then a mulch mixed with some feed such as growmore or blood , fish and bone will help it grow well during the summer. Do not feed later in the season or you get weak sappy growth which gets damaged by frosts.

Carole's orchid recommendation

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:45

I think it was Dactylorhiza fuchsii   the common spotted orchid. Beautiful to look at but pretty fussy as to conditions it needs. I have lost several, but I still persist in trying.

Identifications (lots of!!)

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 22:40

Send us a photo using the camera icon on the right hand side of the box you type in.

Recognise this

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 20:42

It will flower in a few weeks. Cut down by a third in the autumn to stop wind rock, then prune down to about a quarter of the height in Spring.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 20:09

LG, I had a problem like that once. I had the mortgage to pay, and my pay was six weeks late. I told them  that if they did not do an immediate BACS transfer, I would be overdrawn, and they would get the bill for all the fees and charges. They paid up. Kick some ass, go into total strop mode.

advise please

Posted: 22/05/2017 at 19:54

They can  if it is part of the planning permission. Best to ask them exactly what they mean.  Planning departments are generally a pain in the a**. They one around here doesn't know the difference between an orchard and a forest.

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