Ask Mr. Sage is our new question-and-answer feature. It is based on topics raised in calls and emails we receive at Flowers by the Sea. Questions cover a broad range of topics concerning sages (Salvia spp.), companion plants and general gardening topics. When you have a particularly helpful question and we have an answer, then Mr. Sage speaks!
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Jun 7, 2014 09:07 AM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one explains the many factors that can cause the color of a plant's flowers to vary from one location to another. The blossom color of Flowers by the Sea plants in your garden may not always exactly match the colors in our photographs.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Jun 1, 2014 10:00 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. This one explains how to cruise the Flowers by the Sea online catalog to find butterfly and hummingbird Salvias that can handle lots of moisture.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: May 1, 2014 03:09 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives. Sometimes customers want to purchase seed, but FBTS doesn't produce seed for sale. This article talks about the reasons why, including the complications of producing seed that is certified to grow true to its parent stock.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Apr 2, 2014 05:51 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage answers questions based on calls and emails that Flowers by the Sea receives, such as concerns about what Salvias will grow in clay soils. This article talks about specific plants for dry and wet clay conditions, how to improve soil drainage and planting on slopes in wet areas.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Mar 30, 2014 06:01 PM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is a Q&A feature from Flowers by the Sea. This one talks about how to ward off snails and slugs safely through simple organic methods, including barriers and handpicking, as well as through careful use of iron-phosphate pesticides. It also talks about how to nurse damaged Salvias back to health.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Oct 22, 2013 08:20 AM Synopsis:
Ask Mr. Sage is our blog's new question-and-answer feature, based on calls and emails received at Flowers by the Sea. This question concerns dark spotting on foliage that may be caused by fertilizer burn.
Category:Ask Mr. Sage Posted: Aug 14, 2013 07:59 AM Synopsis: Ask Mr. Sage is our blog's new question-and-answer feature, based on calls and emails received at Flowers by the Sea. This question concerns how to safely rid Salvias of Whiteflies and their eggs.
I ordered two Salvia Amistad from FBTS. The plants arrived in great condition and the soil in the pots was still moist. I set them outside in partial sun to let them "harden" and in a couple of days replanted them in larger containers. They are flourishing and have more than tripled in size with lots and lots of gorgeous purple blooms. My hummingbirds love them! Thanks, FBTS!
— Glenda Hawthorne
The Salvia reglas and S. scordifolias that you sent are wonderful! They're in the ground and looking happy. You guys are a bit pricey (shipping?), but the plants are robust, and their rarity in the trade makes it worth it, as does your sage advice on planting in my particular climate. Too many of your competitors send runts in tiny pots at lousy planting times for Houston (zone 9a). Please ...
— dave sherron
The three salvias received were by far in the best condition of any plants that I have ever ordered. They were beyond healthy, packed carefully, and arrived quickly. I left them out to "harden" and after being planted are doing great. Superb transaction and I recommend most strongly Flowers by the Sea. In fact, I have recommended them to my mother in law. Yikes!
— James Cox
I ordered 4 salvia this year. All arrived GREEN and VIBRANT--no wilt and no breakage. By far the best plant packing I have seen...but most importantly, all the plants went into the ground and took perfectly.I love the selection! Please keep scouring the world for new salvias. Also love the blog!Scott
I have ordered several times from Flowers By The Sea and would highly recommend them if you would like to receive well grown plants of excellent quality. The plants are always a good size, not puny sticks like many nurseries send. Despite my orders being shipped across country, they arrive in great shape due to being packed with care. I am so happy I found Flowers By The Sea.
— dolores waddell
Careful attention to detail wins my loyalty. The plants arrived in flawless condition. Their wrapping paper still damp!!!! The plants them selves are hearty and healthy. I love exploring the world of salvias in my challenging environment.
— Judy aries
Beautifully grown plants of unusual hard to get varieties. I've potted them on to keep them growing through the heat of the Austin summer; looking forward to placing them in the garden this fall.
— Scott Ogden
All four Salvias arrived in excellent condition. Set out immediately and noticed great root structure in all as I removed from pot. Set out in fall in Texas. First freeze scheduled for week of 11-12-14. Mulched well. Crossing fingers. NH
— Nancy Hancock
I gloriously pleased with the site and the plants. The plants were HEALTHY large, and three of them were blooming and one had set seed. I couldn't be happier. The species were not the normal salvias and I can't wait for them to get large. There was a difference on one salvia between its description on the site and what conditions were on the tag. I called and they said that it was a new plan...
— Mara Eurich
What beautiful, tenderly cared for plants, and so carefully packed. I've never seen anything quite like it. Your love for your plants is contagious. Now I love them too. Thank you.