This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A trial has taken place in England in which an employer refused to pay Mr. B. G. Williams for plants purchased by the gardener. Some of these plants were expensive, one of them being $150. It was shown that it had been the custom on the estate for the gardener to purchase plants, as it had been that of the cook to purchase the meat, and the bill was ordered by the ruling of the judge, and the verdict of the jury, to be paid, - with some sharp comments on the practice of Mr. Williams in giving five per cent, of the amount of the bills to the gardener for ordering the plants of him. The objection to the bill was that these particular plants were not ordered, but the decision is that if the gardener had been permitted to order before, the employer was bound by subsequent orders, unless notification had been given to the contrary.