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.
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— Melissa Pappas
Ordered 4 plants during a recent sale. They arrived as scheduled, securely packed, and very healthy looking. Not even two weeks later they are putting out new growth. Can't wait to se how they bloom next season.
Kermit and Vicky are so pleasant to work with. They sent the package promptly and the plants are absolutely gorgeous! There was a mistake with the order and they were wonderful to work with on the correction. Highly recommended!
— Ian Simpkins
Excellent all the way around, from the variety of plants to the service to the size of the plants that arrive.
— Dean Sliger
Flowers always arrive perfectly wrapped with many in bud or blooming. The salvias are my favorite as I buy those for the hummers. FBTS are wonderful people to work with if there are questions concerning the order and the plants I purchase from them are beautiful and healthy.
— Janice Stedke
Received my Salvia's Clevelandii Winnifred Gillman's today, they were very well packed and much bigger specimen's than I have received from other nurseries. Customer Service was very nice and I like the idea of having Ask Mr. Sage in case of any problems. Thanks so much for getting the Salvia Clevelandii out there, once you have inhaled the smell it haunts you forever. The most beautiful sm...
— Donna McKelvy
Never have gotten a delivery so quickly of mail-order plants and what's more, the plants were superior in quality to anything I've seen before. We have great nurseries in Berkeley and nearby but I must say, these were spectacular!
The plant was packaged real well. It came alive without any wilted leaves. Now in a pot and surviving. Love it, can't wait until it gets bigger.
— wanda miller
I'm really glad that I ordered from Flowers by the Sea, the shipment came when promised and the plants were in excellent shape. Both plants were healthy looking and acclimated to my climate within a day or two. The selection of sages was numerous and there was enough information on the website to make an informed choice. All in all when I will need sages this will be the only place for me to o...
I received my most recent shipment last week. I'm always amazed to see how fresh and fluffy the plants arrive. I always have excellent results with your plants. The quality is delightful. Thankyou for such good service.