Spring is a busy time of year for florists, not only because of its abundance of blooms but because spring racing fever descends on Melbourne.
Epping florist Jodi Cooper, of Coopers Cottage Florist, is preparing for orders to pile in for custom-made flower crowns – the latest trend in race-day headwear.
Ms Cooper says fresh floral headgear is likely to trump hats at this year’s biggest race meetings.
Her creation (pictured) is made from blue delphiniums, jasmine, spray roses and purple freesias. She says trends in floristry have come full circle.
“It’s gone back to being more traditional, a softer look with lots of pastels, cottage garden flowers like gypsophila, sweat pea and freesias.”
The Craigieburn resident has been a florist for 20 years and loves the creativity involved.
Her beautiful flower crown was helped along, in part, by a workshop she held at the new wholesale flower market at Epping.
She says relocation of the flower market from West Melbourne to Epping has been a godsend.
“It’s light, it’s fresh, and I could skip to work,” Ms Cooper says.
Her creations cost about $50 and should be ordered 48 hours in advance.