By Shelby Brooks

FLORISTS’ busiest day of the year, Valentine’s Day, was put in jeopardy on Friday after the snap COVID-19 lockdown.

Local florist Karl Hess from the Korumburra Florist said without the business’s website, the weekend would have been a “catastrophe”.

“We’re not super affected because of the website,” Karl said.

“People got in early with orders and we’re able to deliver them.

“Delivery is the only thing that is saving us.”

Karl estimated that a quarter of the business, run by his parents Brian and Yvonne Hess, usually comes through the retail side, located on Commercial Street in Korumburra, which was forced shut on Saturday due to the new restrictions.

He thought maybe only a small portion of their flowers ordered for the busy Valentine’s Day weekend would have to be wasted.

Sonia Webber, of Elsie’s Florist in Williams Street in Inverloch and McCartin Street in Leongatha, said the community had demonstrated fantastic support in what could have been their darkest hour.

“It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would,” Sonia told the Sentinel-Times on Valentines’ Day.

“Thankfully, we had quite a few offers from other businesses to sell our flowers for us and we’ve still been able to take phone orders and people have either picked up or we’ve delivered… we’ll definitely have a lot of flowers left over.

“It’s been pretty stressful but the support we’ve received has certainly helped.”