Bloom Day April 2017

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I have been inspired to post monthly for Bloom Day!  After reading a recent post over at Debra Prinzing’s  Slow Flowers Journal, where she posted about a book (I also ordered!) by Carol Michel, that led me over to her blog, May Dreams Gardens, in which she had just posted about all the flowers, trees and shrubs that were in bloom at that time in her garden, and I fell in love with the idea.  This will be a monthly post, and I need to get into my garden more often and try to enjoy it so this may be the perfect thing to lead me into some garden-time enjoyment.  Because usually when I’m in the garden I’m either frantically running with clippers and cutting for orders, or weeding and tidying getting ready for a walk through or some other event.  Basically working my butt off!

I did try and do this Bloom Day a few years back, after getting inspired at that time as well by a gardener’s blog, but I stopped after about 6 months because I never got any comments, so I just wasn’t sure I was being heard or seen.  Well, that may happen again, but darn it I don’t care if anyone sees it or not.  I want to do this!  And you know what?  You’re going to love it!

Mock Orange –Philadelphus

In the Language of Flowers it means Counterfeit (ha! of course!)




Weigela ‘Bristol Ruby’

In the Language of Flowers it means Accept a Faithful Heart, Grace and Yielding to Love



Lilac- Syringa vulgaris

In the Language of Flowers a Purple Lilac means First emotions of love


Clivia miniata

In the Language of Flowers it means Good fortune




Coral Bells Heuchera

In the Language of Flowers it means challenge, hard work



Snowball Viburnum opulus ‘Roseum’

In the Language of Flowers it’s known as the Guelder Rose, and it means winter, bound & agitation



Leucodendron I have NO idea the variety and if you know please tell me!

In the Language of Flowers Leucodendron, Proteas, Banksias & Grevilleas mean Diversity, Steadfastness, Loyalty, Intent



And that’s a wrap!! These were my highlights, and there were so many more.  I love the garden in the spring!

Teresa Sabankaya is the founder and owner of Bonny Doon Garden Company  since 1999- a full service floral design studio, florist and botanical gift shop. Teresa holds a greatly influential position as one of the most innovative florists in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teresa has exhibited her floral art annually at the ‘Bouquets to Art’ exhibition at the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, the National Trust Filoli’s Estate in Woodside, and various other floral design and garden shows.   Teresa’s floral designs have become highly desirable due to their unique style of arranging and elegant garden appeal. Teresa’s designs carry a chic and nostalgic feel, like a just gathered from the garden bouquet of exquisite high-end blooms.  Because of their garden origin, her designs emit a familiarity to people while calibrating the soul.  Her wedding floral styles have been featured in numerous wedding blogs and magazines including Smitten, Sweet Violet Bride, Style Me Pretty and Green Wedding Shoes.

Teresa has been featured in Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential book as well as her blog, and was featured ‘Like a Florist from 100 years ago’ in the PBS Documentary Botany of Desire based on Michael Pollen’s best seller Botany of Desire. Teresa’s trademarked creation- Bonny Doon Posies© have been a core part of her retail business from the beginning, and have been featured in such media as CBS Sunday Morning, Romantic Homes Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Santa Cruz Sentinel and The New York Times.  Bonny Doon Posies are created by using the historic Language of Flowers constructed into circular nosegays that portray a variety of sentiments such as happy birthday, get well, happy anniversary, or simply you are a wonderful friend.


Mother’s Day Posy Party!

FULLY Booked

May 12


Spend an evening in the garden with beautiful flowers! We’ll start off mingling and strolling through the garden to gather inspiration we’ll need to create Posies in recognition for Mother’s Day. By using the language of flowers we’ll create these glorious floral sentiments especially for the mothers in our lives. This is a great activity to do for a mother/daughter as well as other family members or friends. This is fun and informative hands on workshop where you’ll learn how to create these beautiful floral sentiments right from your own backyard!

Come join us for an amazing time!

This event is held Teresa’s private garden in Bonny Doon



Upcoming Workshops and Presentations
by Teresa Sabankaya

May 12, 2017


A book is in the works!

The Posy Book (temporary name) will contain an assortment of Posy Recipes, full page images of how-to and inspired Posies.  It will also contain an extensive modern floral dictionary.  For the past 15 years Teresa has been collecting books and all other information to compile the most complete and comprehensive floral dictionary available today. 

In addition to that, she is currently updating the dictionary to include modern hybrid flowers, plants and some herbs that were not included in the earlier dictionaries because they did not exist.  This is an on-going process and will never really be finished!  Also included in the book will be various resources to buy cut flowers, plant and herbs, as well as the plant form with a list of online retail nurseries to shop from.  A Posy Garden planting guide is also included to guide the reader through an establishment of a specially designated garden for a patio or plot that includes hedges, trees, perennials and annuals that all have a wide variety of useful meanings and sentiments in the language of flowers.  We’ll call it the Perpetual Posy Garden!

Flowers really do intoxicate me.

– Vita Sackville-West