In early January, I was visiting local florists just as they came out of what they all agree is their busiest season of the year. Without exception, their shops looked slightly disarrayed, as the florists were in the process of un-decking the halls of local businesses they had decorated and inventorying and packing up any Christmas-themed gifts that remained in their shops.
Even as the focus of florists shifts toward the next holiday, Valentine's Day, the busiest day of the florist year, the every day orders keep coming in as well. There are always birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, get-well and sympathy arrangements to prepare, church altars and banquet tables to decorate, and wedding bouquets to design.
"You don't know what each day is going to bring. It's never a mundane job where you have to do repetitive work over and over and over again. Each day is entirely different. It switches up, so there's always some excitement built in," says Daniel Vaughn, owner of Daniel Vaughn Designs at 355 Colonnade Boulevard.
This is a common sentiment among the three florists I spoke with, although their styles, shops, and experiences differ.
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