I recently received my very first order from Flowers by the Sea Nursery in Northern California.
It won't be my last.
I had researched a lot online about Salivas and although many of the more exciting varieties seemed suitable for my climate -- I knew no nursery that grew them -- meaning I would have to try growing them from seed (not exactly my first choice).
Then I found Flowers by the Sea. What a treasure trove of Salvias! The sheer number of Saliva varieties and cultivars offered is almost mind boggling.
Furthermore what impressed me about the FBTS website was the great care and detail they took in presenting their plant offerings and the helpfulness of the information provided.
I placed my order the very next day and received it within a week's time. The shipment of plants was the most expertly packed box I have ever received. Each plant was swaddled in multiple wrappings of heavy packing paper. The plants themselves were in large pots and had substantial top growth.
Needless to say I am totally wowed by this very fine nursery. I look forward to dealing with them again in the near future.
I am always hesitant to order plants by mail, having had some disappointing experiences, but my first order from Flowers by the Sea was perfect in every way. We marveled at the incredible care shown in the way the plants were packed for shipping. All 14 plants in our order (mostly salvias) arrived in perfect condition and perfect health, many with blooms, all with clear signs of ongoing growth. They were good-sized plants for their little pots, too. Although I did follow the hardening-off instructions, and the plants are all thriving and rapidly doubling in size, I think they were ready to go as soon as they arrived.
After my order I had a few questions about transplanting some established salvias that came from a local nursery. Kermit at FbtS immediately answered my questions in a detailed, knowledgeable, and very helpful manner. My mind is made up: These are some very good people, they know their salvias, they are eager to help, and you will get good karma and healthy plants if you order from them :)
Category:News Posted: May 6, 2012 22:43:00
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Synopsis: Without a doubt, this group of closely related plants are the most widely grown of the genus. From 'Hot Lips' to 'Texas Wedding', there is something here for everyone.
Without a doubt, this group of closely related plants are the most widely grown of the genus. From 'Hot Lips' to 'Texas Wedding', there is something here for everyone.
Some of these plants are short, tight almost-groundcovers. Some are tall shrubs. What they all share is a native toughness, the ability to thrive in lean soil with minimal water, and a great attractiveness to honeybees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
Stay tuned for many, many new plants in this category over the next few weeks.