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Bees in the Garden

Posts titled Bees in the Garden provide reliable buzz about one of our most important groups of pollinators making it possible to produce food and ornamentals. In addition to sharing information about plants for good bee nutrition, we cover topics ranging from bee research to ways you can help bees in your garden.

Researchers estimate 20,000 species of bees worldwide, most of which aren't kinds in managed hives. Bees in the Garden articles talk about wild bees as well as honeybees -- both managed honeybees in box hives and feral colonies found in tree trunks and unexpected locations. At Flowers by the Sea, we are closely acquainted with honeybees, because we manage our own hives and spend our days surrounded by these hard workers in our test gardens and greenhouses.

Whereas approximately 4,000 species of wild bees are native to North America, the apian species most familiar to all of us is the honeybee, which comes in many varieties. It is fitting that on a continent dominated by immigrants, honeybees are Old World emigrés that first arrived here in 1622.

The nectar and pollen of Salvias don't just taste and smell good to these tiny creatures. They are nutritionally powerful foods for bees, which need a healthy, varied diet to withstand the many perils they face ranging from habitat loss to pesticides. Part of our mission at FBTS is to support all kinds of pollinators with excellent plants for wildlife gardens. We invite you to become part of this mission.

Types of Bees Working in Your Garden

Posted: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Synopsis: America buzzes with bee diversity, including 4,000 native species and many types of nonnative honeybees. Flowers by the Sea details the variety and value of our imperiled bees. This is the second article in a two-part series focused on identifying and understanding bees, becoming aware of threats to their survival and noting ways gardeners can protect these tiny wildlife. It includes tips on how to avoid bee stings.

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The Not-So-Secret Lives of Honeybees

Posted: Thursday, January 15, 2015
Synopsis: It's no secret that Honeybees are American immigrants. Yet along with native bees, they descended from meat-eating wasps. All bees make food and flowers possible through pollination. This is the first article in a four-part Bees in the Garden series in the Everything Salvias blog of Flowers by the Sea. The series focuses on identifying and understanding bees, becoming aware of threats to their survival and noting ways gardeners can protect these tiny wildlife.

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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.