Florists blossom as Mother's Day nears

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - "I sit that right there, and you see that little hole right there?"  said Mary Reed as she carefully eyed a flower-filled vase. "That means there's something that's got to go there. You can't send that with that gap right there."

For Reed, owner of Mary's Flowers and Gifts in Moss Point, detail is everything. She said even with the stress of the Mother's Day rush, her job as a florist is a labor of love.  And for her, only perfection will do.

"People trust you enough to give you their order, you should be dependable enough to get it out there to them," Reed said.

But this time of year, it isn't easy. Florists all over South Mississippi are working long hours to prepare for Mother's Day. Along with Valentine's Day, it's their busiest day of the year. Reed has been filling Mother's Day orders since Tuesday.

"We got to work yesterday at 8 o'clock, and it was like 7:00 or 9:00 before we left," Reed said.  "And it'll be the same thing today. We don't know what time we'll get out tonight, because we gotta get people's orders to them."

Florists at the Flower Patch in Gautier have been preparing for the big day for over a month now. Owner Etta Saxton said it takes a lot of work behind the scenes to pull off a holiday this big.

"We fill our coolers," said owner Etta Saxton. "And that means they're just maxed out, so that we can't put anything else in there. And when we run out of that, we have other delivery trucks coming during that time, so we get extra stuff as they come along.'

Saxton said she can see certain trends for this year's big day.

"Lots of lillies and roses," Saxton said. "You know, irises, etc. We've done a lot of orchids this year, tThe blooming plants, the live blooming plants and the cut stems."

With orders ranging from $35 all the way into the hundreds, this rush is a welcome one in the flower business.

"We're doing pretty good, I don't know about Father's Day," said Reed.  "But we're hoping it's gonna jump off, too!"

Both of these florists hope to be finished with their work in enough time to spend the holiday with their families.

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