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Teresa Sabankaya

On stands now—Country Gardens Magazine

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Available now on stands, my feature in the Early Spring Edition 2018 of Country Gardens Magazine! wow!  This was super exciting for me, and I’m so fortunate to have had this opportunity. Written so perfectly by Debra Prinzing, it’s a story called The Language of Love.  I am just so happy at how this turned out because sometimes, when you’re giving a story interview, it isn’t interpreted exactly how you articulated it.  Debra did a fantastic job at this, partly because she knows me–we are friends, but mostly because she’s a really great writer, she listens.  Debra nailed it here, and this story really captures the essence of what I’m trying to do with my business, the upcoming book, and Posies!

Teresa Sabankaya, Country Gardens Magazine Spring 2018

Here I’m am being photographed in the garden for the story,  All the photos in the magazine are by the fantastic photographer Erin Kunkel.

For my Bride Posy, Country Gardens Magazine

From the Heart-  A Posy for a bride to be ~

Love Letters Posy, Teresa Sabankaya

Love Letters Posy ~

Erin Kunkel photographing Teresa Sabankaya

This has certainly been a highlight for me, and I hope you were able to grab a copy of this beautiful magazine, or better yet, it landed in your mailbox!

 

Violet the Frenchie, Crown Devon

Flower of the month- February’s Violet

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If you follow my Instagram feed, you’ll likely know that I’ve recently acquired a new puppy.  Here is Violet, my French Bulldog little girl!  She will be my flower muse, and I’m going to make her pose for pictures with pretty flowers (I know, the poor dog).  Well, she’s got to earn her keep around here somehow!  And since the February flower is the Violet, it’s fitting I share her first photo shoot with you here–

Violet the Frenchie, Crown Devon

Here’s Violet posing with the garden hybrids placed in Crown Devon vase

Violet the Frenchie, viola odora

Violet the Frenchie posing with Viola odora

Violet the Frenchie,viola odora

Violet with her tongue out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok!  Now on to business about the Violet (flower)!

There is no other flower in existence that smells as sweet and quaint as the Violet.  The violoa odora, or Sweet Violet, with it’s pretty, petite bloom has packed centuries of love and adoration behind it.  In 18th century France, the Empress Josephine’s fondness of their distinctive heart shaped leaves drove it’s popularity up for many years after.  Violet was Empress Josephine’s favorite scent, and the violet plays an important role in the love affair between the two. Every year on their anniversary,  Napolean sent her a bouquet of violets. And when Josephine died, Napoleon returned from exile picked a posy of violets to lay on her grave. Upon his deathbed, a locket was found about his neck – it contained a portrait of his beloved Josephine, a lock of her hair and dried violet petals.  

 

In the garden, the viola odora is making a comeback.  But with all the hybrids available now it can be a challenge to determine if you’re buying a violet or a pansy.  There is a distinct difference between the actual Viola odora and the newer hybrids, which I believe are more characteristic of the Pansy.  Even though the Violet and Pansy are essentially the same plant genre, there is a difference.  The aroma from a Violet is so soft, sweet, and almost candy-like, but sometimes can be earthy with a bit of powder to it. Pansies do not have a fragrance at all, and in fact the new hybrid violets sadly do not either.  The violet bloom is distinguished by it’s petals and how they are arranged on the calyx.  A violet will have two petals turned upward, and three pointing downward.  A pansy will have the opposite, three petals up, and two downward.  Also, Pansies are usually have more vivid markings on the petals.  A Violet’s markings are a little more obscure and subtle if any at all. The true violet also has very distinct heart-shaped leaves, as you’ll see in the photo below;

viola odora

Heart-shaped leaves of the viola odora

viola odora

Distinct petal arrangement of the viola odora is two upward pointing and three downward pointing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For centuries, perfumers have captured the pure essence oil of the Viola Odora.  Since the flowers are petite, it is very laborious to extract the essential oils and pure fragrance from such a tiny bloom.  It takes a two acre field of blooms to make a few inconspicuous drops of fragrance.  For that reason, Violet fragranced bath and beauty products have fallen out of popularity in the past 70 years or so.  But while I was doing some research for my book, I stumbled across Angela Flanders London, a perfumer who has captured the sweet fragrance of the violet in her perfume ‘Josephine’.  I would love to get my hands on that (hint to my husband here, as Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!), as I am sure it’s quite lovely.

Traditionally, it was the Valentine flower, and represents sweetness, modesty, and faithfulness in the language of flowers.  And to me, it wouldn’t be appropriate to post about the Violet without a mention and honorable nod to The Garibaldi Family.  The Garibaldi family are known as the last great American Violet Growers.  I remember the last time I bought the Violets from Don Garbaldi, at Ano Nuevo Flower Growers, right up the Hwy 1 near Pescadero.  I could not believe how beautiful and sweet these Violet nosegays were! They came in nosegays first of all!  And wrapped in bright green violet leaves.  Oh they were just magical! We set them out for Valentine’s Day in 2015, but unfortunately they didn’t sell well, so we never brought them back in.  Sadly, I don’t know if we can still get them since Ano Nuevo changed owners from Garibaldi.  I’ll have to investigate!  So, if they’re still available, I’ll get some, so be sure to stop by and grab a nosegay so we can continue to foster the comeback of the great American Violet.

Violet Nosegay

Sweet Violet Nosegays from Don Garibaldi

 

 

 

 

The Posy Book ~ the beginning

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1cef78b5673b4fab0f50fa7387bc0301Have I told you I’m writing a book? Anyone who knows me would more than likely know this! It has been a long time coming. You see, I’ve been obsessed most of my life with all things nostalgic and romantic. And I love flowers. So what is more romantic than using flowers to create secret (or not) messages?

Petals can talk, and creating messages and sentiments with flowers, plants and herbs is a long lost phenomenon. I mean, most people know that there is a language in flowers, but why don’t we use it? We need it more than ever! Why not take a little time and browse through a floral dictionary and create a simple message for a friend or a loved one? A new baby? An engagement? Or for sympathy, there is something so moving about receiving a beautiful floral arrangement, but that combined with each flower and spirit of herb and green carrying a message is astoundingly powerful. I’m so excited to share what I know about the language of flowers and creating sentiments -creating Posies. These sweet little flower arrangements are powerhouses of emotions and are ready and fun to put together.

I’ve spent the past two years working on building my platform and testing the waters. Are people really interested in knowing more about the language of flowers? And are they interested to know how they can incorporate using the language of flowers in their giving rituals? Yes! They are! I think we all love the idea of doing a little research -getting lost in this secret world for just a little bit, and giving a sentiment to someone you care about. The impact of your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. And you’ll have given some good mental health time to yourself in the process to. It’s a win -win!

I have assigned book contact now, so suddenly, is real and I better get crackin’ on it!  I am so excited to start this beautiful journey, and I want to share it with you.  I’ll be posting as I progress through it, and as a ‘newbie’ writer, this should be interesting!  I will also be sharing some other insights that I hope you’ll find entertaining and engaging too, as well as any workshops and presentations I have going on.  The current target publish date is spring of 2019, but I will be updating along the way to reflect any change in that.

All my best~

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Bloom Day- September

By | In the garden | 4 Comments

It’s bloom day! Well, it’s a little past, but better late than never 🙂

I’m feeling a little bit guilty and sad this morning.  The fires are raging in the West and the South is practically drowning.  What scary weather we’re having! My thoughts and prayers have been going in their direction for a couple of weeks now. Mother nature is a force. And we need to respect the fact that we are changing our environment.  I hope and pray we make it through the hurricanes and fires soon, and let there be settled weather.

In the mean while it gives us a chance to reflect I suppose.  This monthly Bloom Day post pushes me to stop and look and see what’s happening in the garden.  At least once a month.  There seems to be not enough time on a daily basis to go and just sit and look.  I like the idea of keeping up with this Bloom Day post.  I would highly recommend it to everyone.  Even if you’re a patio gardener you should still come check everything out on the 1st of each month and marvel at what you’ve got going on.

Sally Holmes rose – I cannot tell you how much joy the entire family gets from this non-stop, hardy, attention getting rose! We’ve got more than 7 bushes (my mother-in-law propagates). Love!

The garden at first light. It's a whole different feeling --the garden in the early morning. Everything is feeling fresh and new. It's a glorious time!

The garden at first light. It’s a whole different feeling –the garden in the early morning. Everything is feeling fresh and new. It’s a glorious time!

Abutilon - flowering Maple. I'm really getting more infatuated with these. So very easy to grow, but will get a little leggy if you don't watch out! In the language of flowers, it means Meditation. I like to think it's because the calyx is locked and hidden inside a veil of cupped outer petals. Just like when you meditate...you need your 'calyx' protected so you can obtain your inner peace.

Abutilon – flowering Maple. I’m really getting more infatuated with these. So very easy to grow, but will get a little leggy if you don’t watch out! In the language of flowers, it means Meditation. I like to think it’s because the calyx is locked and hidden inside a veil of cupped outer petals. Just like when you meditate…you need your ‘calyx’ protected so you can obtain your inner peace.

Clematis seed head. It marks the end of the blooming period for the Clematis. There may be a few more stragglers but in general, this is a sure sign it's winding down for winter.

Clematis seed head. It marks the end of the blooming period for the Clematis. There may be a few more stragglers blooms but in general, this is a sure sign it’s winding down for winter.

Canine - Ziggy Zion Stardust. My garden companion.

Canine – Ziggy Zion Stardust. My garden companion.

Lewisia - Can this be any cuter? It

Lewisia – Can this be any cuter? It’s in the Portucala family of flowering herbs.

Penelope rose- another little workhorse. A musk rose from a long time ago. I use this is bridal bouquets. Although you cannot tell from this photo, her little buds are a peachy-beige. Absolutely beautiful!

Penelope rose- another little workhorse. A musk rose from a long time ago. I use this is bridal bouquets. Although you cannot tell from this photo, her little buds are a peachy-beige. Absolutely beautiful!

Lion's Bane - We've just began to recognize this as a good cut flower at our store. I cut some for a bridal bouquet last month and I cannot believe how well it balanced the textures and colors!

Lion’s Bane – We’ve just began to recognize this as a good cut flower at our store. I cut some for a bridal bouquet last month and I cannot believe how well it balanced the textures and colors!