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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.

Salvia Small Talk: Atmospheric Rivers & Bog Sage

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Synopsis: Bog Sage is a terrific plant for damp soil and stormy weather, such as powerful "pineapple express" events.

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Salvia Small Talk: Back Off, Bunnies!

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Synopsis: If rabbits are destroying your flower beds, plant Sage. They don’t like the flavor.

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Salvia Small Talk: A Bodacious Butterfly Name

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Synopsis: You may have better luck finding the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail among your Salvias than pronouncing its many long names.

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Salvia Small Talk: Free Online Garden Planners

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Synopsis: A free online garden planner can help you design a garden map for spring planting.

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Salvia Small Talk: Winter Watering

Posted: Monday, November 23, 2015
Synopsis: Giving perennials, bushes and trees one or two heavy waterings during winter, on warmer days, prevents root damage

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Salvia Small Talk: Backyard Wildlife Habitat

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Synopsis: Gardeners interested in developing wildlife habitat on balconies or in backyards can acquire certification

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Salvia Small Talk: Sage & Potato Soup

Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Synopsis: Potato-vegetable soup containing lots of fresh Sage is a good cold-weather meal.

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Salvia Small Talk: Sage Remedies in 1814

Posted: Saturday, January 5, 2013
Synopsis: In 1814, physician and herbalist Nicholas Culpeper wrote about ancient remedies made from Sage.

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Salvia Small Talk: Zones & Climate Change

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012
Synopsis: "font-style: italic;"> Have you double checked your USDA plant hardiness zone. You may be able to grow plants you weren’t possible in your area.

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Salvia Small Talk: Salvia Summit II Set for 2013

Posted: Monday, December 24, 2012
Synopsis: Salvia Summit II, a not-for-profit conference designed for Salvia experts and enthusiasts, will be held March 7 to 10, 2013 at Southern California's Huntington Botanical Gardens.

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Salvia Small Talk: Plant Markers

Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012
Synopsis: Maintaining a record of Salvia plantings and cultivation information saves on research and mistakes in future garden seasons.

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Salvia Small Talk: Zone Variations

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Synopsis: Sometimes USDA plant hardiness zones are more flexible than they seem if local microclimates allow a broader range of cold tolerance.

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Salvia Small Talk: Sage-Crusted Tofu Patties

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Synopsis: Sage-crusted tofu patties are a good vegetarian main course for the Holidays.

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Salvia Small Talk: Excel in the Garden

Posted: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Synopsis: An Excel spreadsheet can be helpful in tracking Salvia plantings.

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Salvia Small Talk: Botanical Plant Names II

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Synopsis: The conclusion of this series on plant names.

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Salvia Small Talk: Botanical Plant Names I

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Synopsis: Latin became the language of botanical plant names more than 250 years ago to clear confusion about scientific reports concerning plants. Theophrastus got this all started in the 4th Century B.C.

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Salvia Small Talk: Researching Before Ordering

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Synopsis: Researching a Salvia before buying it means considering its traits and seeing if it fits your climate and proposed planting site. I know Aristotle did his research!

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Salvia Small Talk: Garden Diary

Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Synopsis: Keeping track of plantings from one season to the next can help you improve choices and repeat successes. One way of doing this is to keep a casual garden diary. No, I don't believe Samuel Pepys kept one.

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Salvia Small Talk: Making Sage Pesto

Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Synopsis: Fresh Sage gives a simple pesto recipe new zing.

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Salvia Small Talk: Raised Beds for Sage

Posted: Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Synopsis: Raised bed gardening can help Salvias winter over in cold climates.

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Salvia Small Talk: What Does Half-Hardy Mean?

Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Synopsis: Half-hardy or tender perennial Salvias are ones that must winter over indoors to avoid frost.

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Salvia Small Talk: Botrytis Blight

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Synopsis: If grey, moldy Botrytis Blight attacks Salvia, whole plants may need to be discarded.

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Salvia Small Talk: Measuring Soil Drainage

Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Synopsis: Well-drained soil for Salvias contains a loose mix of clay, coarse sand and organic matter.

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Salvia Small Talk: Well-Drained Soil

Posted: Sunday, October 14, 2012
Synopsis: Well-drained soil for Salvias contains a loose mix of clay, coarse sand and organic matter.

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Salvia Small Talk: Slugs & Snails

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Synopsis: Cleaning up leaf litter, weeds and mulch around Salvias can greatly reduce snail and slug attacks.

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Ask Mr Sage is one of the most popular categories in our Everything Salvias blog. Here are a few of the latest posts:
Ask Mr. Sage: How to Place Advance Orders with FBTS - Flowers by the Sea is a mail-order nursery eliminating craziness from garden planning with advance orders and customer selection of shipping dates. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature based on calls and emails received by FBTS. This article details how to use our redesigned preorder process and other catalog tools for making sure you get the plants you want when you want them. Ask Mr. Sage: How to Select Plants for Garden Triumph - Planning for Salvia garden success requires following the rule of selecting the right plant for the right place. Desert sages aren't appropriate for the damp Southeast. Moisture-loving ones aren't right for desert climates where they need lots of watering to survive. Flowers by the Sea Farm and Online Nursery offers tips for selecting plants based on local climate. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog. Ask Mr. Sage: How Should I Prune my Salvias? - Flowers by the Sea Online Nursery specializes in Salvias and often receives questions about how to prune them. Although getting good at pruning takes practice, Salvias rebound quickly if you make mistakes. A key to successful pruning is understanding the varying needs of four main categories of sages. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the FBTS Everything Salvias Blog. Ask Mr. Sage: Do You Offer Free Shipping? - Like free lunches, free shipping is a myth. Flowers by the Sea doesn't offer free shipping, because it would require increasing plant prices to cover the cost of shipping. Read more to learn how FBTS sets fair shipping prices. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and notes from customers. Ask Mr. Sage: Best Time to Plant Drought Resistant CA Natives - Drought resistant California native sages thrive when planted in fall. It's easier for roots to become established when soil is warm, air temperatures are cooler and precipitation is increasing. Ask Mr. Sage is a regular feature of the Everything Salvias Blog and is based on calls and emails from customers. Ask Mr. Sage: What Is Shipping in Boxes Like for Salvias? - It's understandable to worry about the condition of plants following shipment in a box. However, Flowers by the Sea Online Plant Nursery is exceedingly careful to make sure your plants arrive in healthy condition. A satisfied customer sent us the photos in this article. Step by step, they illustrate the process of unpacking and hardening off FBTS plants received by 3-day ground delivery more than 1200 miles away from our Northern California farm.