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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: 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: Customized Shipping Charges

Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013
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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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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Salvia Small Talk: Infusing Your Car with Sage

Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Synopsis:

Make your own deodorizer for your car with a tea infuser and herbs, such as salvia.



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Salvia Small Talk: Growing a Native Sage Garden

Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
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.



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Salvia Small Talk: What Is an Inch of Water?

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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?



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Salvia Small Talk: How to Determine Soil Moisture Level

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Synopsis:

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.'



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Salvia Small Talk: Deep Watering vs. Sprinkling

Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013
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



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Salvia Small Talk: A Sage-Seed Cafeteria for Birds

Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013
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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Salvia Small Talk: Why Birds Love Red Flowers

Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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.



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Salvia Small Talk: Cooking with Salvia Flowers

Posted: Monday, May 6, 2013
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.



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Salvia Small Talk: Annual, Biennial, Perennial

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Synopsis:

FBTS quickly explains the differences between annual, biennial and perennial Salvias



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Salvia Small Talk: Texas Hummingbird Roundup

Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013
Synopsis:

Head 'em up; move 'em out. Texas birders participate in an annual Hummingbird Roundup to gather information about the state's 18 species.



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Salvia Small Talk: Learning Leaf Talk

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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.



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

Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013
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.



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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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