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. Our limited availability policy explains why the production of some plants is limited to particular times of year.
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.
I was quite impressed with the packaging of my plants and that they arrived so fresh & the soil still moist. I am excited to see how they'll grow for me.
After our former pest control company stepped on our Salvia Buchananii, we spent weeks looking for a replacement. No local retailer or wholesaler could find anything. I finally stumbled on FBTS but I was concerned that they only had 4" pots. My experience with that size is they are so small that the roots don't make it over a wet winter or hot summer. To my surprise, the 4" plants from FBTS ...
— David Jimenez
I recently purchased two Black Sage plants from FBTS. For me it was "biting the bullet" to order them. Starting Black Sage can be difficult and I decided to purchase plants instead. For the price plus shipping I was expecting to get a couple of small starter plants in 3" pots. The day the plants arrived, my first thoughts on picking up the box were: "My. This is a large box for such a smal...
— Anthony Yeznach
I placed my order of 6 Salvia Buchananii with Flowers by the Sea in February 2017 for arrival in early to mid March. During the first weeks of March we here in Coastal South Carolina were warned of hard freeze potential. Flowers by the Sea contacted me via telephone to discuss the shipping of these young and tender plants during this hazardous period. They really cared about the success of m...
— Janis Proctor
Finally getting to tell you how pleased I am with the Salvias I ordered. They were better than I expected.Packed beautifully to make the cross country trip. I have planted them in my garden and am patiently waiting for them to bloom. One has started Salvia macrophylla Tall Form. The color is beautiful. My only fear is living in the Northeast our weather can be unpredictable and fall sometimes c...
— Mrs. Judith Hobbs
read the reviews before ordering, received my plants in excellent condition ,very happy I found this website.
— alberto flores
I ordered Wendy's Wish salvia and Elk white ice salvia. I was thrilled to find the Wendy's Wish. It is one of my favorite salvias. I had never had a truly white salvia and it is stunning. The plants were in great shape after traveling from California all the way to Georgia. They are thriving in my garden. The hummingbirds cover these plants all day. I am so excited to have a source for salvi...
— Dianne Davis
Thank you so much for the shipment of beautiful plants! Every plant in my large order made it to Florida in good shape, and after the recommended period of recovery, they are now flourishing! I am delighted to have these great new additions to my salvia collection, almost all of which are never available in local nurseries and garden centers. I also really appreciated the personal communica...
— Jill Reed
Really trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading..
I am a recent convert to being a salvia lover and I must say I LOVE browsing through the FBTS website which is wonderfully organized. You make it so easy to order, too. My first order arrived on time just a few weeks ago and I was really impressed with the packaging and the quality and size of the plants that were sent to me. Now it's up to me to keep them growing and thriving. I just placed an...