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.
When I first ordered these plants they were on back order. True to their word, the company sent me an email when they were available again. They arrived on the specified date in beautiful condition. The plants were healthy and ready to be planted....
I am a first time customer and had reviewed this site's selection several times before buying. I hesitated because I thought the plants were a little pricy and shipping costs were higher than I was expecting. I found the money was well spent. The plants arrived quickly and were absolutely beautiful and healthy. I have mail ordered plants before and have never been so impressed.I have already re...
— Kristine A Smith
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I love my Echium 'blue steeple'! I received the plants healthy and ready to transplant. I will definitely be a repeat customer...
— Nancy Barsotti
I ordered Wendy's Wish salvia and Elk white ice salvia. I was thrilled to find the Wendy's Wish. It is one of my favorite salvias. I had never had a truly white salvia and it is stunning. The plants were in great shape after traveling from California all the way to Georgia. They are thriving in my garden. The hummingbirds cover these plants all day. I am so excited to have a source for salvi...
— Dianne Davis
Plants arrived in good condition Dug hole and planted salvias. Weeks later had new flowers on them Seem to be thriving. Will be anxious to see how they look next year Will definitely order more plants.
— Timothy blosser
Everything was packed beautifully and is settling in well in Portland. Very happy with several healthy plants, and they arrived quickly. Thanks!
— Margaret Miles
The plant was packaged real well. It came alive without any wilted leaves. Now in a pot and surviving. Love it, can't wait until it gets bigger.
— wanda miller
Although the plants from FBTS are smaller than you would get if you bought them in gallons, they go into the ground really well! I recently redid an area of the front yard with a combination of gallon plants from the local nursery and smaller plants from FBTS, and while almost all the plants from gallon pots look stressed and partially died back, the plants from FBTS all look happy and healthy....
— Brooke M
All of the plants that I received are among the best sent by any vendor! They arrived incredibly full, intact and with blooms. For hard-to-find plants, FBTS is worth the price and shipping.
— dave sherron
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
I am 81 years old and have cultivated rhododendrons, camellias, dwarf conifers, etc. for over 50 years. During that time I have come to know many excellent growers and nurserymen. I have never encountered anything comparable to fbts!! That Kermit and Vikki Carter provide an outstanding selection of exceptionally grown plants is only the beginning. They have set a incomparable standard by the gl...