Downtime in the Salvia Garden

Bees and hummingbirds are busy visiting the many salvias still in bloom at Flowers by the Sea on Northern California's Mendocino coast, but buzzing has slowed down as winter approaches and the farm recovers from the strong winds and rains of October.

I'm Alicia. In Colorado, where I edit Salvia Guru for FBTS, we said goodbye to the hummingbirds in September and to the bees about a week ago. Now it's time to tidy up, but I always leave some flowers to feed songbirds that love Salvia seed.

The photo here doesn't do justice to the VIBE® Ignition Purple Salvia and the red and white Hot Lips Sage -- a plant that seems to be everywhere in the Napa-Sonoma-Mendocino wine country. But I took this picture in my own garden in late October. Plants get a bit raggedy in cold climate gardens at this time of year. I was happy with the long months of bloom these plants produced.

Some of the links in this issue lead you to Salvia experts who participated in Salvia Summit III, a periodic conference of sage lovers that gathered this time in Berkeley. It was the sort of event that plants ideas for future stories, so you'll be hearing more from FBTS at our Everything Salvias Blog and newsletters as time passes.

Meanwhile, we wish you a fine Thanksgiving feast and many pleasant moments preparing for winter in your garden. See you in December.

Photo Credit: Salvia VIBE® 'Ignition Purple' and Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips', Alicia Rudnicki, FBTS.

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Decorate with Salvia of the World Poster

Participants at the Salvia Summit III conference held in Berkeley last month oohed and aahed when botanist Bryan Drew displayed this colorfully illustrated poster during a talk about the scientific classification of salvias and close relatives. "Salvia of the World" is available through Zazzle (url below). The poster shows 40 species of Salvia that Drew and botanist Ricardo Kriebel photographed and scanned at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Buy it at:

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