Reason to celebrate for Coffs Harbour florist
THIS Mother's Day marks a special milestone for Robyn Baldwin.
The florist has been creating Mother's Day flower gifts for 50 years.
Robyn began her career as a florist in Sydney at just 15, and has been working at Coffs Harbour's Park Avenue Florist for the past 20 years.
She said Mother's Day was by far the busiest time of year in the flower business.
"Everyone has a mum but not everyone has a lover. Mother's Day tends to go over a three-day period where Valentine's Day really hits just one day," Robyn said.
But this has meant the mother of five has often missed out on celebrating Mother's Day for herself.
"I used to celebrate the week after with the family," she said.
"That's the way the industry is, its part of the industry and that's the way it goes."
"You know in the industry that's how it's going to be, even with five children."
Mother's Day was always the biggest occasion on the calendar, but Robyn said Mother's Day gift trends had changed dramatically over the years.
"Everything used to be done in big, long boxes, so the cut flowers were put into long boxes with a cellophane top so you'd look down through them," she said.
Robyn expected this year's most popular choices for Mother's Day would be classic pink and white flowers.
"Tulips, lilies, gerberas and roses are always popular, as most mothers tend to like those softer, pretty colours like purples, mauves, pinks and white," she said.
"Flowers become popular for the older generation because they're in need of nothing else and they love getting flowers."