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  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,348
    " As for travel, unless you are lucky to be able to work from home, we all have travel costs. "
    Indeed. Unless you're in a specific type of job which involves travelling around the country, and often using your own transport where you might get certain allowances, that's the norm.   It's not unusual at all. A lot of people up here work in or around Edinburgh, but live on this side - and vice versa. Approx forty miles.

    I hope you can resolve it @OopsyDaisy. It doesn't sound like it could be easy. Just remember, if he's doing it to you, he's probably doing it to others. Not much consolation though. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • philippasmith2philippasmith2 Posts: 3,482
    Not necessarily the case in this specific situation but if you employ a gardener, it rather depends on what terms have been agreed.
    "Keeping it tidy" could mean the removal of certain plants and the gardener may well decide that for him/herself if the owner isn't too bothered/interested.
    If the agreement was that nothing was to be removed without discussing it first, then simply digging a large plant up and disposing of ( by whatever means ) doesn't sound acceptable.
    Unless you have given him/her carte blanche to deal with the garden, if plants are pruned and viable material for cuttings is available, then I imagine the gardener may say " shall I take these and grow them ?  D you want the resulting plants for another area ?  If not, can I offer them to someone else - free or for a bit of cash as I will be doing the propagating ? " 
    Basically, anything removed from your property without your permission would be theft  whether it is a plant, a bit of a plant or anything else.
    However, that is unlikely to be the case with a person you have employed for some time and have found trustworthy.
    Whilst it is always a good idea to ask for other's opinions if you are unsure, I can't really see anyone being able to advise categorically without being privy to the arrangement you initially made with your gardener.
    Good gardeners ( not just those who can strim and mow but have no plant knowledge ) can be few and far between and their hourly rate does not always reflect their experience or expertise.
    It's one of those problems which only you can resolve and only you will know if it can be done over a chat and a cuppa  :)

  • GardenerSuzeGardenerSuze Posts: 5,261
    @OopsyDaisy I hope you can soon get this matter resolved. As said any layered cuttings would take time to root, maybe she or he has been waiting for you to ask about them?
    Good Luck.
    Looking forward to my new garden with clay soil here in South Notts.

    Gardening is so exciting I wet my plants. 
  • mikeymustardmikeymustard Posts: 495
    Yes I agree with @JennyJ your gardener shouldn't be causing gaps in your garden, the advantage of my partner's almost obsessive plant saving is she always has something to fill gaps! 🙂
    I think you're probably right in thinking your gardener assumes you don't care about your garden; a lot of people really do just want a pleasant place to sit or even just look out at. A good gardener not only knows what their client needs, but works with the client to give them what they want.
    If the trust in your gardener has gone  then perhaps it's time to get a new one - it's easier to be firm about your expectations before you get to know someone well.

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