Hyacinth for Spring

By | In the garden | No Comments

In the language of flowers, the Hyacinth represents games, play and sport. Historically used in ceremonies honoring athletes, the Hyacinth represents the collaboration required in games and sports. In Ancient Greece, it was the flower dedicated to Apollo.

Hyacinth are extraordinarily beautiful and incredibly fragrant. I can’t think of a flower that has a sweeter fragrance.  For that reason it’s a perfect bulb for pots placed near doorways and sidewalks. They are super easy bulbs to grow and you can always count on  their perennial habits. I love the surprise and anticipation when their little tips peek out of the ground year after year. They’re my spring workhorse that fills the garden with a Rich and dense aroma. And  I love to look into those luminous bells and search the veins for the color variations. The opaque lavender are my absolute favorite. The individual waxy florets are like pieces of candy stacked in a jar.

For our everyday use to create floral sentiments with Posies, we use the Hyacinth’s segmented meanings defined by color.

White signifies loveliness, I’ll pray for you.


The Blue Hyacinth represents constancy










Purple Hyacinth means sorrow, I am sorry, please forgive me.


and red or pink means play!


Hyacinths have relatively short stems, so they don’t work well in mixed bouquets, but what a showstopper in a compote bowl in a mono-botanical arrangement!

Enjoy the many bounties of spring! This is only one, but a superb heralding of sunnier days!


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.

Upcoming Workshops and Presentations
by Teresa Sabankaya

February 25, 2017

The Posy Presentation
Learning to use the language of flowers in a modern way.  This presentation is full of ideas and inspiration!  Did you know you have access to all sorts of wonderful flowers, plants and herbs to create floral sentiments –Posies!

**please note; this is not a hands-on workshop, but rather an idea and inspiration gathering presentation

Sign up will be available early January.  Please check back!


April 22, 2017

The Mother’s Day Posy Workshop
A fun and beauty-filled hands-on workshop where we will be exploring the beautiful language of flowers and how to use the modern dictionary to create Mother’s Day Posies.  We will have lots of fun selecting from gorgeous garden blooms, herbs and plants and creating sentiments that portray a unique gift for Mothers.  This is a perfect workshop for mothers and daughters, sisters, grandmothers and more!



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