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Everything Salvias: 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: Customized Shipping Charges

Posted: Sunday, December 8, 2019
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.

 



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UPS Shipping Rates for FBTS Going UP!

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2019
Synopsis:

Every November we get a letter from the president of UPS regarding shipping charges.  It is never good news.



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Salvia Small Talk: Unusual Pineapple Sage Culinary Treats

Posted: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Synopsis:

Pineapple Sage looks and tastes delightful in many foods, including baked goods. It's a surprising treat in herb butters and marmalade.



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Salvia Small Talk: Planting a Therapy Garden

Posted: Sunday, March 18, 2018
Synopsis:

Salvias are good additions to sensory gardens, because of their fragrance, texture and visual appeal. Plants with sensory appeal stir memory.



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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: 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: Accenting Floral Arrangements with Salvias

Posted: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Synopsis:

Southern California urban homesteader Kate Richards offers good advice for incorporating Salvias into country-style bouquets. Richards gained her flower-arranging experience while working in the floral industry, but you don't have to be a florist to design beautiful bouquets.



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Salvia Small Talk: Summer Squash Sage Sauce with Pasta

Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2014
Synopsis:

Every now and then, we visit other websites for promising recipes containing sage. For this post, we dropped in at food writer Claire Adas’ Out of the Ordinary cooking website for a sauce of summer squash and sage.



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Salvia Small Talk: The Gardens and Sages of Alcatraz

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Synopsis:

Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay once housed prisoners, many of whom helped beautify "The Rock" by working in prison gardens. Nowadays, volunteer gardeners keep the island flowering with the help of long-blooming, drought-tolerant Salvias



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Salvia Small Talk: What to Do When Plants Are Out of Stock

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Synopsis:

Flowers by the Sea ships plants year round. However, at any given time we may be out of stock for plants in high demand. Clicking on the Email me when back in stock button causes you to receive an email immediately when the plant is back in stock. Production of some plants is limited. Some can only be obtained for spring delivery; others require special ordering. 



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

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014
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.



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Salvia Small Talk: Bug Song in the Bushes

Posted: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
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.

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