What could be more relaxing than being a florist? A lot of things, as it turns out. It’s a career saved for the truly passionate because in floristry, the days are long and the work is tiring, but for those who love it, it’s an incredible creative outlet and there’s nothing else they’d rather do.
As with many jobs, the reality can be quite different to the romantic expectations. Forget visions of basking in the sunlight, artfully arranging flowers with the radio on, in a near-meditative state of bliss, chatting with customers and waving to the bluebird on your shoulder. We’ve asked six florists to tell us how they started, how they spend their time and what you might be surprised to discover about a life working with flowers.