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Salvia Small Talk

Everyone knows the importance of small talk in daily life. Our Salvia Small Talk articles are quick looks at useful topics ranging from cooking with many kinds of edible sages to understanding how USDA cold hardiness zones affect planting decisions. When you “listen in” to what our Small Talk posts are saying, here are some examples of what you will “hear”:

  • Helpful tips about topics such as garden planning
  • Discussions of basic cultivation, including waterwise gardening
  • Suggestions for dealing safely with garden pests
  • Green ideas for recycling and repurposing in the garden
  • Snatches of horticultural history and
  • Bits of wisdom about wildlife, whether beneficial or pesky.

If you want to propose a Salvia Small Talk subject, please call or send us a message. Let's make small talk.




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Salvia Small Talk Entries


Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage

Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Nov 29, 2016 01:22 PM
Synopsis: Well-drained soil for Salvias contains a loose mix of clay, coarse sand and organic matter.
Salvia Small Talk: Winter Watering

Salvia Small Talk: Winter Watering


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Nov 23, 2015 11:11 AM
Synopsis: Giving perennials, bushes and trees one or two heavy waterings during winter, on warmer days, prevents root damage
Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App

Salvia Small Talk: New Sunset Western Garden Book App


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 22, 2014 03:00 AM
Synopsis: Last spring, a smartphone and computer-pad app for The New Sunset Western Garden Book became available. Reviewers are enjoying no longer having to lug the heavy print book to their local nurseries.
Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace

Salvia Small Talk: Butterflies Love St. Catherine's Lace


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 18, 2014 03:30 AM
Synopsis: Fall is a season for planting promising species that won’t flower until the next growing season, but will eventually provide beauty as well as wildlife habitat. These plants include the butterfly favorite St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum).
Salvia Small Talk: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias

Salvia Small Talk: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 6, 2014 05:19 PM
Synopsis: Southern California urban homesteader Kate Richards offers good advice for incorporating Salvias into country-style bouquets. Richards gained her flower-arranging experience while working in the floral industry, but you don't have to be a florist to design beautiful bouquets.
Salvia Small Talk: Researching Plantings through EPA WaterSense

Salvia Small Talk: Researching Plantings through EPA WaterSense


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 29, 2014 11:20 AM
Synopsis: Native plants that are specific to a region tend to do better than non-native plants when water shortages occur. The What to Plant page of the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense website offers access to state-by-state information about native species. Flowers by the Sea also offers information about waterwise landscaping.
Salvia Small Talk: Summer Squash Sage Sauce with Pasta

Salvia Small Talk: Summer Squash Sage Sauce with Pasta


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 26, 2014 03:17 PM
Synopsis: Every now and then, we visit other websites for promising recipes containing sage. For this post, we dropped in at food writer Claire Adas’ Out of the Ordinary cooking website for a sauce of summer squash and sage.
Salvia Small Talk: The Gardens and Sages of Alcatraz

Salvia Small Talk: The Gardens and Sages of Alcatraz


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 18, 2014 08:10 AM
Synopsis: Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay once housed prisoners, many of whom helped beautify "The Rock" by working in prison gardens. Nowadays, volunteer gardeners keep the island flowering with the help of long-blooming, drought-tolerant Salvias
Salvia Small Talk: What to Do When Plants Are Out of Stock

Salvia Small Talk: What to Do When Plants Are Out of Stock


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 9, 2014 02:33 PM
Synopsis:

Flowers by the Sea ships plants year round. However, at any given time we may be out of stock for plants in high demand. Clicking on the Email me when back in stock button causes you to receive an email immediately when the plant is back in stock. Our limited availability policy explains why the production of some plants is limited to particular times of year.

Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats

Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Mar 9, 2014 01:23 PM
Synopsis: Pineapple Sage looks and tastes delightful in many foods, including baked goods. It's a surprising treat in herb butters and marmalade.