Mother's Day a blooming success for many Scottish florists as they rush to hire more delivery drivers to cope with lockdown demands

Florists across the country are dealing with high demand as Scotland marks its first Mother’s Day in lockdown.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 7:00 am
Updated Sunday, 14th March 2021, 8:25 am

While it may not be possible for people to spend time with their mums this Mother’s Day, florists are finding that people are more keen than ever to show some love with a floral gift.

The Harvest Garden, an Edinburgh based florist said that lockdown had seen an increase in sales across Christmas and Valentine’s Day, adding: “We’ve had to take on extra delivery drivers, extra staff.

"We do chocolates as well, we’ve been so busy.

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Many florists are seeing an increase in sales this Mother's Day.
Many florists are seeing an increase in sales this Mother's Day.

"Like everyone else, we import a lot of flowers from Holland, and our chocolates are imported from all over the world.

"We haven’t seen too much difficulty in this continuing, given everything. It’s a wee bit more expensive than usual, but yeah, business has been very good.”

Azalea in Aberdeen said that business picked up over the last year, and they were very busy this Mother’s Day.

One of the managers said: “We have hired extra delivery drivers, of course we can’t have people coming in to collect like other years.”

John Devlin 13/03/2021. Glasgow. 262 Stonelaw Rd, Rutherglen, Glasgow, Stems of Burnside. Portrait of Janet Freeman, florist at Stems of Burnside. Stock shot of florist for SoS Mother's Day.

However, it’s not all rosy for some florists who also cater for weddings and celebrations.

Balancing the rise in deliveries for individuals may not be enough to mitigate the loss than many businesses have had as public gatherings were, and continue to be, prohibited.

Many also spoke of the difficulty with the rise of business, but the difficulty of having enough staff on site to cater for it.

As well as independent businesses, supermarkets are adjusting to lockdown Mother’s Day, with Waitrose teaming up with delivery group Deliveroo saying that it will enable fresh flowers to be delivered to the door within 30 minutes.

Aldi have announced that they will be selling bunches of flower’s from as cheaply as £1.99, appealing to many after a year of mass redundancies and job loss.

Deliveroo have said that 47 per cent of the UK won’t get to see their loved ones due to lockdown restrictions, leaving deliveries being a means of spreading joy on Christmas, Valentine’s and now, Mother’s Day.

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