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.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Aug 22, 2014 03:00 AM Synopsis: Last spring, a smartphone and computer-pad app for The New Sunset Western Garden Book became available. Reviewers are enjoying no longer having to lug the heavy print book to their local nurseries.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Aug 18, 2014 03:30 AM Synopsis: Fall is a season for planting promising species that won’t flower until the next growing season, but will eventually provide beauty as well as wildlife habitat. These plants include the butterfly favorite St. Catherine's Lace (Eriogonum giganteum).
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Aug 6, 2014 05:19 PM 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.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Jul 29, 2014 11:20 AM Synopsis: Native plants that are specific to a region tend to do better than non-native plants when water shortages occur. The What to Plant page of the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense website offers access to state-by-state information about native species. Flowers by the Sea also offers information about waterwise landscaping.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Jul 26, 2014 03:17 PM 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.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Jul 18, 2014 08:10 AM 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
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.
Category:Salvia Small Talk Posted: Mar 9, 2014 01:23 PM Synopsis: Pineapple Sage looks and tastes delightful in many foods, including baked goods. It's a surprising treat in herb butters and marmalade.
Beautiful plants, nice and healthy and growing great. Excellent packing and fast shipping. Also great communication. Will do business with again.
— Rick Bianchi
Just received my 3 Plectranthus Mona Lavender and I was amazed at the more than excellent packing. What surprised me the most was that it was in transit for 7 days from California to Florida. I expected them to be somewhat droopy, but immediately out of the box they are healthy, beautiful, not dried out at all and have great color. This is the best care I have seen from a plant mail order co...
— Marsha Carbaugh
The plants i orderd were shiped perfectly and are all growing great. thank you so much for the timely delivery.
— John De Nuccio
I love Flowers by the Sea ! I always get quality products and service from you . The Salvias I’ve purchased are thriving and the milkweed is already starting to spread. I hope to have a full milkweed forest next summer to aid the Monarchs on their journey . I am glad I happened upon you .
— spencer cornish
All four Salvias arrived in excellent condition. Set out immediately and noticed great root structure in all as I removed from pot. Set out in fall in Texas. First freeze scheduled for week of 11-12-14. Mulched well. Crossing fingers. NH
— Nancy Hancock
Plants were large and healthy! I'll be ordering from them again.
— Barbara Williams
I was so pleased the with plants when they arived they were healthy and are doing great. Will always purchase from flowers by the in the future
— Bonnie Smith
This afternoon was much better than Christmas morning. My latest shipment of FBTS plants arrived, and all are in great condition. Please thank all who helped with the excellent packing job. The plants were moist and well protected from breakage. The Agastache ‘Blue Boa’ (one in full bloom!) and the Cuphea x ‘Kristen’s Delight’ (also blooming) are particularly glorious. Thanks so much.
— Alicia Rudnicki
Kermit and crew have always been good about suggesting plants for a particular habitat I've got in mind, and the plants have been well-grown and well-shipped. They've even gone a bit off-list to make a personal grouping selection for me. Their newsletter is very informative and interesting. I'll write more about my latest purchases - 4 different lobelias -- a bit after I get 'em in the ground. ...
— Tony Borowiecki
I am extremely pleased with all plants that I have received from FBTS. The plants were all well packed, shipped promptly and very healthy, unlike other mail order companies with their very small pots and straggly plants.