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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: Flowers by the Sea Is Monarch Waystation 7671

Salvia Small Talk: Flowers by the Sea Is Monarch Waystation 7671


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Mar 7, 2014 03:00 AM
Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea recently received classification as a certified Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch. When you purchase milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) from FBTS or seed from Monarch Watch, you can grow your own waystation and help Monarchs start making a comeback from their precipitous decline of recent years.
Salvia Small Talk: Customized Shipping Charges

Salvia Small Talk: Customized Shipping Charges


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Nov 19, 2013 08:01 AM
Synopsis: Flowers by the Sea uses a customized system for shipping charges. Customized fees allow adjustment of shipping prices based on how far away you live from FBTS and how many plants you purchase. This is a more equitable way of covering delivery fees instead of increasing plant prices to cover losses on delivery charges as in a flat-rate system.

 

Salvia Small Talk: Bug Song in the Bushes

Salvia Small Talk: Bug Song in the Bushes


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 27, 2013 02:26 PM
Synopsis: Katydids love Salvias. Here are some photos from the University of California at Davis as well as a recording of katydids from a West Virginia naturalist.
Salvia Small Talk: Infusing Your Car with Sage

Salvia Small Talk: Infusing Your Car with Sage


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Aug 7, 2013 08:18 AM
Synopsis: Make your own deodorizer for your car with a tea infuser and herbs, such as salvia.
Salvia Small Talk: Growing a Native Sage Garden

Salvia Small Talk: Growing a Native Sage Garden


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 14, 2013 07:19 AM
Synopsis: Most native plant gardens encompass species native to the region or state in which a gardener lives. However, some native gardens -- such as the New England Wild Flower Society's famous Garden in the Woods -- are based on a broad variety of plants native across America.
Salvia Small Talk: What Is an Inch of Water?

Salvia Small Talk: What Is an Inch of Water?


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jul 2, 2013 07:47 AM
Synopsis: Instuctions for waterwise gardening often suggest deep watering once a week and applying no more than 1 inch of water, including rainfall. For Salvia, this amounts to what we would call regular or average watering for in-ground plants. But what constitutes an inch of water?
Salvia Small Talk: How to Determine Soil Moisture Level

Salvia Small Talk: How to Determine Soil Moisture Level


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jun 26, 2013 08:42 AM
Synopsis: "font-style: italic;"> Basic tools for estimating soil moisture include your hands and simple tools, such as a trowel, screwdriver and long metal rod, according to Colorado State University. The first method, which uses the metal tools, might be called the 'poke technique.' The second is the 'feel method.'
Salvia Small Talk: Deep Watering vs. Sprinkling

Salvia Small Talk: Deep Watering vs. Sprinkling


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jun 23, 2013 02:14 AM
Synopsis: Sprinkling is the fine, misguided art of giving your landscape a quick spray of water that moistens foliage as well as soil. This can cause foliar diseases, such as mildew, while also depriving roots of sufficient water. What a perennial needs is a long gulp applied to the ground and at the edge of its canopy or drip line
Salvia Small Talk: Identifying Sages Native to Your State

Salvia Small Talk: Identifying Sages Native to Your State


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jun 12, 2013 07:49 AM
Synopsis: One of the quickest ways to identify sages (Salvia spp.) native to your state is to visit the 'State Search' page of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plants Database. Here are the steps to follow.
Salvia Small Talk: A Sage-Seed Cafeteria for Birds

Salvia Small Talk: A Sage-Seed Cafeteria for Birds


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jun 10, 2013 07:50 AM
Synopsis: "font-style: italic;"> Deadheading spent "font-style: italic;">Salvia flowers helps to prolong bloom time. However, if you enjoy the company of songbirds and game birds in your garden, let some of the flower spikes go to seed, especially at the end of the plants flowering season.