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  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
    My partner regularly brings home pruning from clients' gardens, and also plants that have been thinned out or even completely pulled up due to not being wanted.
    They sit down the side of our house until she finds a home for them - often in other clients' gardens! 
    She looks on this as a form of rescue/ recycling, while her clients see it as keeping something out of their green bins.
    So yes, this is common practice, but I can understand that you might be narked if this gardener is doing it surreptitiously, particularly if he is removing large plants that you wanted to keep.
    Overall though, I'd like to ask: are you happy with them as a gardener, and could you honestly say you pay them what they are worth? My partner has clients that involve a 20 mile round trip and an hour of unpaid travel; she works come rain or shine and has to supply her own work clothing and tools. I keep telling her that her business model is crap, but she doesn't want to complicate things at this stage of her life 🙄
    I'm not gonna say "wind yer neck in" cos it's your garden and your choice, but if it was me I'd have to put it down to "perks of the trade"

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,261
    I had been gardening for about seven years. I went to see a new garden, the owner showed me an old electric lawn mower, I asked if he had a powerbreaker a firm 'no'.
    He was cross, I walked away in a heavy thunderstorm.
    I sheltered at a nearby florist's and looked in the window,everything looked beautiful. At that point I changed direction and became a flower gardener. Totally concentrating on plants and their care and design.
    It is hard work especially if no one cares but I felt confident enough to do my own thing so from then on I worked for people who loved plants and gardens. Someone else cut the grass.
    Two of my favourite gardens were small but very much on view to passers by, they had been landscaped and were kept to a high standard which the owners wanted. Weeding an NGS garden can be a challenge, you don't want to see that huge sow thistle in the middle of the border after hundreds of visitors have left. 
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
  • FireFire Posts: 18,019
    groucher said:
    As far as I am concerned this relates to good unfortunately "Old fashioned" Manners.  if it is not yours then ask it doesn't take much and you would probably find you would be given what you ask for.  Politeness and honesty count in my view.  Hunkering down waiting for replies B)
    I agree in principle, but in this case we zero detail about the background or what happened so we can’t condemn an unknown gardener for an unknown offence. It’s starting an argument in an empty room. 
  • bcpathomebcpathome Posts: 1,268
    But the question was ‘Who owns the plants’ and the answer is still the garden owner owns the plants ! 
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348
    bcpathome said:
    But the question was ‘Who owns the plants’ and the answer is still the garden owner owns the plants ! 
    Indeed  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,592
    It is very simple, as has been said, it shouldn't have happened without asking.
    The only thing to be decided, is how should it be handled.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,710
    sitting on my very comfy fence: maybe something was said, in passing perhaps,at some point in the past,  which might have suggested/ implied, or been construed as such, that it was ok to take cuttings.
    The gardener can't put his side of the situation, perhaps his version of events differs?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,592
    The problem with sitting on the fence, is you can do yourself a very nasty injury coming off it, if you are not careful.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,046
    I think the next step if for you to talk to your gardener. Taking a few cuttings shouldn't leave gaps in the garden. If you think they are digging up and taking plants that you've bought and planted, that's an entirely different matter.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
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