My sage never germinated and sprouted. I read the seeds are sometimes only good for a couple of years and who knows how long they have been in my fridge. This winter has been so cold it has been difficult keeping any one room warm enough to support germination, so I will wait until spring or look into getting a seed warming mat (aka a heating pad).
One thing I am trying to do this winter is pull up all the dead weeds from the flower beds and put down a weed blocking paper and mulch. I'm still trying to decide what I will plant in them- either I'll give up on flowers and plant Buford Holly or I may try some flowers and herbs again.