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I walked past a florist in Fitzroy last week and declared that I’d missed my calling; that in some other life, I would happily spend my days working as a florist.

Getting up at 5am to hit the flower markets... wrapping roses and get pricked by the thorns. OK, so I came to the realisation that I couldn’t work in a florist, but I’m utterly obsessed by flowers and I’m completely smitten with people who dedicate their lives to making them look so amazing.

Violet Roses - Season ConceptsThe day I walked into Seasonal Concepts it wasn't even intentional. I was at a florist up the road and was told I simply HAD to check out this amazing store that housed giant taxidermy, flowers, homewares and vintage furniture. Say no more, I thought - I'm there!

Orchids at Garlands Florist, Surry HillsI really am a bad Sydney-sider. I continue to write blog posts that start with a "I can't believe this place has been under my nose the entire time" type vibe. It's sad but it's true, and it happened to me once again recently as I was strolling down Bourke Street in Surry Hills and saw the flora outside Garlands calling my name. I stopped for a moment, ensured my heart was still beating and high-tailed it in there - camera in hand, as always.

EQ Village Markets - Cheese BoardI've been ordering my groceries online lately. Advantage: I have more time of a weekend to do store tours. Downside: I don't get my in-person food fix! A trip to the Entertainment Quarter Village Markets was about to change all that, as I wandered through this extravaganza of fresh produce, flowers and random wares. It was the start of a blossoming romance!