Salvias

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Charithea

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #60 on: October 16, 2018, 04:35:44 PM »
It will be a beautiful sight Fermi. You have to take cuttings so you can restart it somewhere more suitable for its size.  A few years ago I saw a Salvia  madrensis in full bloom in the MGS garden in Sparoza.  It was in a sunny spot.  I acquired one and put it in the hottest part of the garden. It died. I have bought a new one from Lucca Italy this June  and it is in a slightly shaded area. It is ready to flower. There is also lots of space for it to stretch out. We learn from our mistakes.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Fermi

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« Reply #61 on: October 29, 2018, 12:08:56 PM »
Hi Charithea,
it has very furry stems which might make cuttings a bit risky!
Here is a rather overgrown Salvia 'Hot lips' - most of the plant is plain red, but a few are developing the white parts as well
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Umbrian

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« Reply #62 on: October 30, 2018, 08:03:46 AM »
My Salvia ' Hot Lips' has grown into a big bush too Fermi in just four years and often has predominantly red flowers - it has such a long sustained flowering period though that I do not mind. It is still going strong as we approach winter and at the moment has quite a few pure white flowering branches. It is grouped with a scarlet red variety the name of which I have lost and Salvia elgans so late in the year I have a very colourful patch. Cannot get out to take a 'photo as we are having some torrential, but welcome, rain at the moment!
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

David Dickinson

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Re: Salvias - Every cloud has a silver lining?
« Reply #63 on: November 01, 2018, 09:04:48 PM »
The first video clip shows the silver lining our clouds presented us with 10 days ago. The second video clip gives an idea as to why gardening wasn't advisable last weekend. Today, being All Saint's Day and thus a holiday, I had hoped to be able to start to put things right. Not so, as we have had torrential rain for most of the day. "What has all this got to do with Salvias?" I hear you asking. Well, most have survived remarkably well. Some leaves stripped from plants but very little damage to the stems. All except Salvia clevelandii, my favourite. I know, I know, plants get jealous and we shouldn't have favourites  but it is too late now, I've said it. One photo shows what is left of my plant and the second shows the "silver lining" - lots of cutting material.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNYR7T0xDvE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2umA5x_JsM
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Fermi

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« Reply #64 on: November 08, 2018, 12:36:51 PM »
Salvia 'Greek Skies' a selection of S. fruticosa.
We purchased this a few months ago from Lambley Nursery, Ascot, a source of many fine perennials for the "Mediterranean garden" here in southern Australia. Yet to get the bed prepared for it to be planted!
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fermi
« Last Edit: November 08, 2018, 12:45:11 PM by Fermi »
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Fermi

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #65 on: November 09, 2018, 10:49:00 AM »
Culinary Sage, Salvia officinalis, does very well at the edge of the rock garden and is flowering nicely
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Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Fermi

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #66 on: November 09, 2018, 11:50:24 AM »
Salvia nemorosa is an herbaceous perennial and many forms have been selected.
1) pink
2) blue
3) dark purple  'Caradonna'
Not quite Mediterranean as it needs water to keep it going through the summer,
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Fermi

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« Reply #67 on: November 09, 2018, 04:14:33 PM »
Salvia 'Celestial Blue' another acquisition from Lambley Nursery
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Charithea

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #68 on: November 09, 2018, 06:17:24 PM »
They are wonderful specimens Fermi. We have the first but have not flowered yet as the rain has not yet appeared. We have the second but they are a pain. They have not flowered for two seasons.  As you said they need water but we give them just enough to survive until we have a good winter. The last we don't have and I would love it but difficult to acquire here.
I garden in Cyprus, in a flat old farming field, alt. approx. 30 m asl.

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Fermi

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« Reply #69 on: November 14, 2018, 10:42:51 AM »
This salvia came from a friend who thought it was Hormineum pyrenaicum.
I think it's a salvia but not sure which one.
Any suggestions?
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Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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David Dickinson

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Re: Salvias + a question for Fermi
« Reply #70 on: November 14, 2018, 11:38:36 AM »
After the near complete destruction of my Salvia clevelandii  :'( by recent bad weather I was pleased to see these recent acquisitions start to flower. Salvia semiatrata and S 'Phyllis'Fancy' respectively. I have been reading about an "improved" version of S 'Phyllis' Fancy' known as S 'Meigan's Magic' but it only seems to be available in Australia. Fermi, do you know anything about it?
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Fermi

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« Reply #71 on: November 14, 2018, 02:51:56 PM »
Hi David,
it isn't one that I grow but I found a reference to it on an Aussie site:http://www.salviaspecialist.com/catalog/salvias-m-p/meigans-magic/
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!

David Dickinson

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« Reply #72 on: November 15, 2018, 12:19:38 AM »
Thanks Fermi. The contrast of the inky blue and white does seem to be more pronounced in Meigan's Magic than in Phyllis' Fancy. It seems I will have to go on dreaming as it is not available outside Australia as far as I can see. One for the wish list I suppose.
I have a small garden in Rome, Italy. Some open soil, some concrete, some paved. Temperatures in winter occasionally down to 0C. Summer temperatures up to 40C in the shade. There are never watering restrictions but, of course, there is little natural water for much of June, July and August.

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Fermi

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #73 on: November 16, 2018, 06:54:36 AM »
Sue Templeton at Salvia Specialist http://www.salviaspecialist.com/catalog/salvias-t/taraxacifolia/ has suggested that my unnamed Salvia is Salvia taraxacifolia
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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working as a physio to support my gardening habit!

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Fermi

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Re: Salvias
« Reply #74 on: November 16, 2018, 11:51:48 PM »
Salvia apiana has very strongly scented foliage and spikes of strange white flowers (some describe them as "upside down").
I've yet to propagate this one (seedlings germinated but didn't mature) which is why this plant, still "in" a pot with roots anchoring it to the ground under a Pomegranate!
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fermi
Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
member of AGS, SRGC, NARGS
working as a physio to support my gardening habit!