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Salvia Small Talk

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: Why Birds Love Red Flowers

Salvia Small Talk: Why Birds Love Red Flowers


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jun 4, 2013 07:39 AM
Synopsis: Color, shape and smell are characteristics that affect whether a bird or insect will dive into a flower in search of food. Whereas bees seem not to notice red at all, it is the go-to color that most birds look for at mealtime.
Salvia Small Talk: Planting a Therapy Garden

Salvia Small Talk: Planting a Therapy Garden


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: May 12, 2013 07:09 AM
Synopsis: Salvias are good additions to sensory gardens, because of their fragrance, texture and visual appeal. Plants with sensory appeal stir memory.
Salvia Small Talk: Cooking with Salvia Flowers

Salvia Small Talk: Cooking with Salvia Flowers


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: May 6, 2013 07:47 AM
Synopsis: Some kinds of Salvia flowers make good additions to foods ranging from breads to salads. Growing the Salvias yourself is a good way to avoid toxins.
Salvia Small Talk: Annual, Biennial, Perennial

Salvia Small Talk: Annual, Biennial, Perennial


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Apr 28, 2013 08:02 AM
Synopsis: FBTS quickly explains the differences between annual, biennial and perennial Salvias
Salvia Small Talk: Texas Hummingbird Roundup

Salvia Small Talk: Texas Hummingbird Roundup


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Apr 21, 2013 01:50 PM
Synopsis: Head 'em up; move 'em out. Texas birders participate in an annual Hummingbird Roundup to gather information about the state's 18 species.
Salvia Small Talk: Learning Leaf Talk

Salvia Small Talk: Learning Leaf Talk


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Apr 3, 2013 01:01 AM
Synopsis: Salvias are appealing for their foliage as well as their flowers. However, not everyone has time to learn botanical terminology. Flowers by the Sea tries to make scientific classification easier for those who don't talk the language of leaves.
Salvia Small Talk: Sage -- Soul & Future of the West

Salvia Small Talk: Sage -- Soul & Future of the West


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Mar 21, 2013 02:12 PM
Synopsis: Los Angeles Times reporter Emily Green praises Salvia for its beauty, fragrance and drought resistance. She calls it an essential plant in the dry Western garden.
Salvia Small Talk: Atmospheric Rivers & Bog Sage

Salvia Small Talk: Atmospheric Rivers & Bog Sage


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Mar 13, 2013 04:18 PM
Synopsis: Bog Sage is a terrific plant for damp soil and stormy weather, such as powerful "pineapple express" events.
Salvia Small Talk: Back Off, Bunnies!

Salvia Small Talk: Back Off, Bunnies!


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Feb 5, 2013 07:19 PM
Synopsis: If rabbits are destroying your flower beds, plant Sage. They don’t like the flavor.
Salvia Small Talk: A Bodacious Butterfly Name

Salvia Small Talk: A Bodacious Butterfly Name


Category: Salvia Small Talk
Posted: Jan 28, 2013 01:11 PM
Synopsis: You may have better luck finding the Two-tailed Tiger Swallowtail among your Salvias than pronouncing its many long names.