Last night I braved the sudden torrential downpour and trekked across Melbourne to witness the bloom of North St Flowers. Not just your average florist. Despite arriving cold and wet, I was greeted by an array of beautiful, inviting blossoms and was warmed by a fun, music-and-food-loving crowd. Not unlike my own actually. Embracing all her guests with grace and affection, it was not difficult to pick Emily out from her appreciated guests. The hostess with the mostest, naturally, Emily wore Tettman Doust for the launch of her floral boutique. Her talent has ensured Emily’s creations showcased on L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival runways. It was only a matter of time before North St Flowers was born. It may be difficult to believe, but I did my year 9 work experience with a local florist. Flowers always fascinated me. People who can fashion a bouquet or concoct a floral arrangement are designers of nature. Petals are their prints, blooms their panels and leaves, their threads. I envisioned being surrounded by blooms all night so I donned botanic prints for the occasion. After all, it’s all about the flowers! Little did I expect to also be enchanted by a taxidermied moose, a live folk band, endless gourmet dishes and a big bowl of punch composed from fresh nectarines straight from the backyard. North St Flowers. Not your average florist.