Growing Sage, also Common Sage

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25 Jun 12 Joan WILLIS (USA - Zone 8a climate)
I haave a big sage bush that I haven't done anything with for over a year. It is covered with beautiful purple flowers. I want to harvest the leaves to dry but don't know if I should cut the flowers off before i cut the leaves & let the bush rest before I cut the leaves. What shall I do? Thanks!
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