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Salvia is back in the news today, and it made me realize that I have more in common with Disney princess Miley Cyrus than my own occasional Disney delusion. We both have a penchant for Salvia, albeit different species and for different reasons. Salvia divinorum makes Miley feel kind of funny and comes in a little baggie. Salvia coccinea and Salvia farinacea are planted firmly in my garden, and unless you’re a butterfly or a hummingbird, won’t get you high.
Salvia coccinea is a Florida native wildflower. It’s commonly known as red, scarlet, or tropical sage. Since it is a wildflower, this particular Salvia self-sows and spreads easily if left alone. Deadhead to avoid the spread and soon be rewarded with more blooms, which will inevitably attract more butterflies and hummingbirds.
Let the blooms go to seed, and you’ll have more plants, butterflies and hummingbirds the following year. You can let nature take its course or spread the seeds yourself. The plants will grow in sun or shade.
Salvia farinacea doesn’t self-sow the way Salvia coccanea does, but it is hardy. Annuals don’t always last, but this particular plant was started from seed three years ago and has remained stunning through every freeze since. When it gets a little leggy, prop it up with a small support to keep the blooms in prominent view. The flowers are as long-lasting as the petals are vibrant. Commonly known as Victoria Blue, this Salvia species blooms all winter.
It’s been an uneventful and wonderfully warm New Year’s Eve so far. The temperature got up to the seventies, and I’m taking it as a sign of good things to come in the new year! Here are a few of the other good vibes my garden was giving off today:
Tiffany, my favorite rose in the garden because of her sublime scent, is about to bloom.
The Salvia is more beautiful and blue than my camera can portray.
The Cassia tree is starting to give me seeds.
And Lukey, he knows it’s going to be a good year because he spent half the afternoon in the garden gnawing on a ham bone.
Have a safe and happy new year!
Today is a very special day…drums are rolling from here to Ireland…it’s Ubermommy’s birthday! Since she’s off on her most uber adventure, I had to get creative with her birthday gifts this year. First, flowers from my garden…
And second, a personalized nursery rhyme inspired by my children’s literature class and possibly too much pinot grigio.
There once was a baby named Stacy.
Her mother appeared a bit crazy.
She taped bows to her head
When she got out of bed
To hide the bald little baby.
Stacy grew tall with a full head of hair,
Her eyes shaped like almonds and skin so fair.
She moved to an Irish farm
With her American charm
And won over the cow, goat, and mare.
For those of you outside the family – true story. Our mother really did tape bows to her bald little head!