Communication is vital in the Client/Employee relationship*. One of the main areas of contention is nomenclature. Below is a typical conversation:
Me: I thought we could plant the Lobelia siphilitica over where the Pinus sylvestris was.
Esteemed Clients: Blank looks, nervous side glances
Me sensing bewilderment: The tall blue flower where the pine tree was.
Esteemed Clients: Embarrassed smile, prolonged feet observation, one may have nodded off for a moment.
Me giving up all hope and using hand signals and illustrations: You know the big tree that half fell down just after Christmas and the nice man with the chainsaw came and chopped it down completely, shall we plant some pretty flowers there?
Esteemed Clients: Why didn’t you say that in the first place?
This is Clianthus puniceus ‘Rosea’, parrot’s beak, lobster claw, , glory pea. Never mind, it is another pretty flower.
*As several of my Esteemed Clients read my blog, please be assured that this is an amalgam of several people, none of which is you. You are just perfect, it is the others, honest, you are my favourite and can do no wrong.