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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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. Production of some plants is limited. Some can only be obtained for spring delivery; others require special ordering.
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.
The Salvia "Anthony Parker" that I received were big, healthy, blooming and multi-stemmed! My only suggestion would be for the plants to be a little less root-bound when shipped, as it makes roughing them out for transplanting stressful for me -- and the plant? The Puya alpestris are stunning, and the shipping charges are reasonable, in contrast to many nurseries. Dave Sherron, Houston TX
— dave sherron
Everything arrived in perfect condition. We followed the instructions of allowing the plant to accumulate to the local climate in Texas. We planted them two days after we got them. The plants are doing very well with drip irrigation to the base of all 4. Now we wait for the flowers.
— jim peoples
Hey...plants arrived in great shape. Will report on their performance in our very wet summer climate as the summer matures! First test: the 12 inches of rain We had over the past week...which will tell me whether I got bed prep right!
— William Finch
Just wanted to say that the plants offered from Flowers By The Sea are "top shelf" material.As a former professional Grower of over 30 years, I can attest to their quality.Not only quality but the size of their 3.5 inch plants that they ship simply amazes me.I have ordered from several websites over the years... and I must say, that FBTS offers the largest sized plants that I have ev...
— Al Robinson
I just received my first order from FBTS and I could not be more pleased. The plants have traveled into our North Carolina 98-96 degree weather for 2-3 days and they look as fresh as they would have if I'd bought them locally! Will definitely share the info with family and friends.
— Jimmy Speas
I am 81 years old and have cultivated rhododendrons, camellias, dwarf conifers, etc. for over 50 years. During that time I have come to know many excellent growers and nurserymen. I have never encountered anything comparable to fbts!! That Kermit and Vikki Carter provide an outstanding selection of exceptionally grown plants is only the beginning. They have set a incomparable standard by the gl...
— Gerry Czamanske
Excellent all the way around, from the variety of plants to the service to the size of the plants that arrive.
— Dean Sliger
Was very pleased with the condition and quality of the plants I received. They were packaged quite carefully. Very happy with my purchase and highly recommend.
— Mike Griffin
I received my first order of salvias from FBTS this year. The quality of their plants far exceeds that of any other mail order source that I have used......and believe me, I do a ton of plants by mail order!!!!Packing was excellent and not as annoying as some places that use multiple rubber bands to hold things together!!! FBTS will be my first place to search for salvias now!Vicky
— Vicky Krost
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love my Echium 'blue steeple'! I received the plants healthy and ready to transplant. I will definitely be a repeat customer...