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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: 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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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: 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: 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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