As you may know, Teresa is writing a book based on The Language of Flowers and Posies. When I first started working for Teresa back in the kiosk days I fondly remember my first encounter with one of these wonders called a Posy. It’s a perfectly circular gathering of sentimental blooms, set in a mint julep, goblet or urn. There’s a sentiment tag explaining the meaning of each flower and herb to convey the most enduring messages! I instantly fell in love with this century-old concept that Teresa was bringing back to life.
Teresa and I recently had the privilege of attending Illustrator, Artist and Naturalist Maryjo Koch’s recent exhibit at UCSC in Santa Cruz. Maryjo’s work and The Language of Flowers to me are related — in the way that they both invoke deep emotion. As a florist, when creating a posy and the sentiment tags that go along with it, whether it’s for someone struggling or celebrating, you cannot help but feel the emotions expressed — for both the sender and recipient. In the age of e-mails and text messages, true connections with loved ones and nature are often lost.
A posy is a true way to get back to our nature — human, loving roots of sincerity. I get the same nostalgic feeling when I look at Maryjo’s paintings and illustrations — some of which are included below. She has a way of capturing botanicals and nature that, well, only nature can portray!
Maryjo takes her art and makes greeting cards out of them. We’ve carried them for as long as I can remember. Last year she brought a stack for me to choose from to sell to our customers. One in particular (pictured to the right) brought tears to my eyes. It was dark, but gave me an intense feeling of beauty and safety.
At the exhibit, I noticed Teresa intently admiring a painting of a gorgeous garden rose with two bees sitting on top, one handing a posy over to the other (pictured below, left). This was an image from one of Maryjo’s books, Bee Happy!
I thought this image was a great metaphor for The Language of Flowers and Teresa’s vision of her upcoming book, which will educate the public on the bygone “Posy” era, and modernize it, all at the same time. Truly, Teresa must have felt the same nostalgia I did when I saw that greeting card!
Much love to Maryjo and Teresa for their artistry and passion that continue to inspire me on this journey of flowers, love, and life!