Forgotten to organise a gift for Mother's Day? Don't worry, Mum's the word but be quick because Maitland City Florist is ready for a sell-out day.
For them, the prep for Mother's Day actually started just after Christmas as they had to overcome a national flower shortage due to lack of transportation since COVID.
However, Pip Passfield, owner of the Church Street florist has been run off her feet with the stacks of orders coming through.
"With COVID there are no flower imports, and they would normally supply about 80 per cent of the flower market Australia-wide," she said.
"We were reduced to what is grown locally but there's not enough to go around. We have had to substitue and we have asked people to be kind to us in the meantime.
"We are anticipating on selling out by the end of Friday, but will be also be open Saturday, although sales will be limited to florists choice. We have had more preorders than we have had in any other year."
After a forced break last year Greenhills-Maitland and East Maitland Rotary clubs will also be back selling Mothers Day flowers this Saturday and Sunday from 7am.
With 14 roadside stalls to pick from in and around East Maitland they should be easy to find.
East Maitland has been selling Mothers Day flowers since 2009.
President Glenda Briggs said "customers keep coming back because of the quality and because Rotary reinvests all funds raised to support multiple local groups, and medical research".
Chrysanthemums are a traditional go to, but premium mixed native flower bunches are a popular alternative. and both will be available this year.
Greenhills- Maitland Rotary, Katie Whelan-smith president added "it's very much a community event with more than 80 volunteers helping to sell the flowers and it's the major fundraising event for the year for both clubs."