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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.'
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
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.
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.
Very nice healthy plants arrived at my door. Great packaging to keep them safe. I received emails for taking care of my plants, when they would be shipped and when to expect them. I have beautiful growing salvia that are blooming black and blue already. Extremely happy with this company. Really appreciate all the information. Thanks Flowers by the Sea...great job.
— Cathy Stoops
It's too soon to evaluate my new agastache plants as mature plants. What I can say is that they arrived promptly and in great condition, are all planted and blooming, even as young as they are. I love your website, and your detailed information on so many varieties of sages and Agastache. Thank you for the follow-up. I will most likely order more from you as I get more areas of the garden ...
I purchased 24 mandarin agastache and they arrived beautifully packed! They were healthy beautiful plants and are dong great inmy garden. Thank you! and would highly recommend Flowers by the Sea!. Looking forward to more purchases next year.
BEAUTIFUL! love plants, beautifully packed and Kermit was most helpful! thanks...
— ann fischer
I ordered 25 plants in two separate orders. They arrived quickly and in great condition. Don't be put off by the small size of the pots (3.5"), as the plants are large and healthy, more like 1 gallon size plants you'd get from your local nursery. In only a couple of weeks, several of the salvias are already blooming. I'm very glad that I found their website. Such a huge variety of amazing salvi...
— Mike Belcher
The plants i orderd were shiped perfectly and are all growing great. thank you so much for the timely delivery.
— John De Nuccio
I have been ordering Salvias from Flowers By The Sea for several years now. They are a real treasure! I have not found another nusery with such an amazing selection of species Salvias. All plants always arrive in excellent condition - perfectly packed and packaged and of the perfect size for transfer into the garden. This company has everything covered - a perfectly designed website, with e...
Plants arrived in good condition Dug hole and planted salvias. Weeks later had new flowers on them Seem to be thriving. Will be anxious to see how they look next year Will definitely order more plants.
— Timothy blosser
Plants arrived in beautiful condition. After a few weeks in the ground the salvias are thriving, blooming and attacking hummingbirds.
— Joyce Stansell-Wong
Both plants arrived quickly and in healthy condition. They are growing quickly and beautifully. The one is blossoming and the hummingbirds like it. Very good value for the price and service.