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Portraits in Gardening

Portraits in Gardening

At Flowers by the Sea, we're always pleased when customers share photos and information about their experiences growing Salvias and companion plants. When the pictures concern plants purchased from our farm and online nursery, we can't help but feel proud.

So we decided that some of you might be glad to pass on tales, tips and terrific pictures that everyone can access.

Portraits in Gardening allows readers to peek into the lives and yards of FBTS customers who are passionate about the Salvia genus for many reasons, including the desire to grow wildlife habitat that encourages pollinators. Due to rich nectar and long bloom times, Salvias are well known for attracting butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.

The gardeners who participate in this series graciously allow us to publish their photos as well as interviews about their gardening experiences. We see the sharing of garden stories as a celebration of a favorite activity as well as a learning tool.

When growing plants, we all learn from a combination of disappointing mistakes and thrilling successes. We gain from each other by listening as well as sharing. For more information about Portraits in Gardening, please write or call us. We look forward to seeing your pictures and hearing about your garden.




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Photographer Bud Hensley Attracts Hummingbirds Galore

Photographer Bud Hensley Attracts Hummingbirds Galore


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: Nov 19, 2015 04:27 PM
Synopsis: If you plant plenty of hummingbird favorites, including Salvias, great photo opportunities will come. That's the advice of Ohioan Bud Hensley for nature shutterbugs.
Portraits in Gardening: Michael and Kathi Rock's Hummingbird Journey

Portraits in Gardening: Michael and Kathi Rock's Hummingbird Journey


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: Nov 26, 2014 03:59 PM
Synopsis: A wedding gift led to Kathi Johnson Rock and Michael Rock's passion for hummingbirds. These Wisconsin birders offer tips and plant suggestions for hummingbird gardeners at FBTS. Although now known as Madison's "Hummingbird People," the Rocks aren't ornithologists or biologists. They are home gardeners and customers of Flowers by the Sea who discovered the power of nectar-rich Salvias and companion plants to fuel hummingbird migration. This article includes a list favorite hummingbird plants found in the Rocks' gardens.
Portraits in Gardening: Ward Dasey

Portraits in Gardening: Ward Dasey


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: Sep 8, 2014 03:30 AM
Synopsis: Portraits in Gardening is a blog series from Flowers by the Sea that profiles customers who are passionate about the Salvia genus. This article focuses on wildlife gardener, birder and dedicated volunteer Ward W. Dasey III, who grows Salvias at New Jersey's Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Dasey and nature-loving friends proposed the park to make bird watching easier on the Delaware River.
Portraits in Gardening: Michael Kampf

Portraits in Gardening: Michael Kampf


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: Jul 14, 2014 04:00 AM
Synopsis: Portraits in Gardening is a new blog series from Flowers by the Sea that profiles customers who are passionate about the Salvia genus. This post features Illinois gardener Michael Kampf who has succeeded in growing many kinds of Salvias despite the frigid winters and fiercely hot summers of the Chicago area. He began gardening when 6 years old with encouragement from his mother and fell in love with Salvias at age 12.
Portraits in Gardening: Dave and Eleanor Holland

Portraits in Gardening: Dave and Eleanor Holland


Category: Portraits in Gardening
Posted: May 16, 2014 06:38 PM
Synopsis: Portraits in Gardening is a new ongoing feature in the Everything Salvias blog of Flowers by the Sea. This first post focuses on Dave and Eleanor Holland's Northern California garden, which beckons bees, butterflies and hummingbirds due to its abundance of sages, including the Mountain Sage hybrid Salvia x 'Maraschino'.