Flower Market Report [APR]

07/04/2015 - 12:58

With spring well and truly here, tulips are continuing to reign supreme at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month. And there are so many different varieties available!

For example, these stunning 'Libretto' parrot tulips at S Robert Allen with their pale pink and ivory petals, tinged with green. Plus there are lots of other sensational seasonal blooms too! Read on to discover what you'll find at Nine Elms this month...

Pink 'Libretto' parrot tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

British Flowers

Make the very most of narcissi and daffodils whilst they're still available, as they're coming towards the end of their season. You'll find 'White Lion' from The Scilly Isles with their lemon and cream petals at Pratley, together with...

British cream 'White Lion' narcissi at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

...'Matador' from Cornwall with light yellow petals and orange-red cups...

British yellow and orange 'Matador' narcissi at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

...and 'Tahiti' from the Scilly Isles. Plus there's Golden Dawn and Winston Churchill too.

British yellow 'Tahiti' narcissi at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

If you're looking for homegrown anemones and tulips, you'll also find them at Pratley.

World Flowers

Back to tulips...and just how beautiful are these parrot tulips called 'Secret', with their textured purple petals with hints of green? They're available at Alagar.

Purple 'Secret' parrot tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

'Mascotte' is the name of this variety of double fringed tulip, which you'll find at S Robert Allen.

Purple 'Mascotte' double fringed tulip at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And, in the same colour palette, the first asters have started to arrive at Bloomfield.

Purple asters at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Stunningly scented sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are appearing too. This two-tone variety at Dennis Edwards Flowers is called 'Misty Purper'.

Purple and white 'Misty Purper' sweet peas at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

You'll find Scilla peruviana with their sapphire blue flowers...

Sapphire blue Scilla peruviana at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

...and this fabulous light blue variety of muscari (grape hyacinth).

Light blue muscari (grape hyacinth) at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Have you seen this type of hydrangea before? With its ruffled petals, it's available at D G Wholesale Flowers in both pale blue and pale pink. And it's called 'Spike'.

Pale blue 'Spike' hydrangea at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

If you're looking for a great rose to complement Amnesia, Faith or Upper Secret in a wedding flower design, this variety at Bloomfield called 'Menta' is ideal.

Light pink 'Menta' rose at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And it's so lovely to see that lilac (syringa) is making a reappearance, especially 'Maiden's Blush'.

Pink 'Maiden's Blush' lilac at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Another unusual hydrangea at the Market is 'Ripple', which is characterised by its white petals with pink markings. You'll find it at Alagar.

Pink and white 'Ripple' hydrangea at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

It was a very unexpected pleasure when I came across this spectacular Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart) at Dennis Edward Flowers. Not only available in pink, but white too.

Pink Dicentra spectabilis (bleeding heart) at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And if you are a scabious (scabiosa) fan, head to Bloomfield, where they have this white variety.

White scabious at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Over at Zest Flowers, Graeme and his team have a super range of ranunculus, including this white Pon-Pon ranunculus. And here's one of their newest members of staff, Luke.

Luke from Zest Flowers with white Pon-Pon ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

If your brides-to-be are after a 'just-picked' theme, this tanacetum would be perfect.

Yellow and white tanacetum at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Or for something more elegant, how about this ethereal white aquilegia at Dennis Edwards Flowers?

White aquilegia at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And aren't these Picotee Ranunculus at S Robert Allen just such fun blooms? Perfect for children's parties and bar mitzvahs!

Multicoloured Picotee Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

British Plants

These dainty little plants at L Mills may look like auriculas, but they are in fact, Primula 'Gold Lace'. Aren't they wonderful?

British yellow and black Primula 'Gold Lace' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

World Plants

Over at Arnott & Mason, do check out this amazing Abutilon megapotamicum with its distinctive bell-shaped red and yellow flowers.

Red and yellow flowering Abutilon megapotamicum at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

You'll already be very familiar with cut Viburnum tinus. But at Quality Plants, they have this popular shrub available as potted plants.

White flowering Viburnum tinus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

They also have Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Ice', which is a dwarf, spreading evergreen shrub. It has clusters of small pink flowers from mid-spring to early summer.

Pink flowering dwarf Andromeda polifolia 'Blue Ice' at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

At Evergreen Exterior Services, they have a great selection of Primula obconica in an array of different colours.

Lilac and white Primula obconica at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And they have pretty lacecap hydrangeas too.

Pink and green lacecap hydrangeas at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

British Foliage

If you love using magnolia blossom in your designs, make a bee-line for Foliage Row this month, where you'll find it in abundance. But be quick though as it's only available for a limited period.

British pink magnolia blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

There's also lots of prunus blossom to be found there.

British red prunus blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

WOW...is what I said when I spotted this breath-taking cherry blossom at GB Foliage. I'm sure your brides-to-be would adore it too!

British white cherry blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Looking for foliage to use in a design with a muted colour palette? This red hebe at Porters Foliage would be ideal!

British red hebe at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

You'll also find broom, with its small golden yellow flowers.

British yellow flowering broom at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And senecio, with its silver grey leaves.

British silver senecio at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

Sundries

If you're on the search for a basket for petals for a bridesmaid, Whittingtons have these lovely wooden trugs.

Green and red wooden trugs at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

And going down a storm at Quality Plants are their range of vintage glass bottles!

Vintage glass bottles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

For those of you who love Instagram, I'm sure you'll have seen these scissors appear in lots of images? Well, you can get your own pair now at C Best!

Florists' scissors at New Covent Garden Flower Market - April 2015

So, I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's report and it's given you lots of inspiration. As always, we'd love to hear from you if you have any comments or questions. Simply fill in the boxes below.

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Beautiful beautiful Spring. I

Beautiful beautiful Spring. I adore all the flowers on your report ... I'm looking for cut white camellia at the moment, it's almost over at Tregothnan

Hi Treez, British camellia

Hi Treez, British camellia are normally available October through to March so they will be over, or very soon be over. If anyone can get it for you though our foliage guys will. If you try GB foliage on 020 7720 1843 or Porters Foliage on 0207720 3015 they will be able to help. Best wishes, Kathryn

Thankyou very much for a

Thankyou very much for a detailed report it has helped me a lot.

Hi Aruna, Glad to hear you

Hi Aruna, Glad to hear you enjoyed the report. Hope it left you feeling inspired! Best wishes, Claire

How inspirational that was!

How inspirational that was! After a break of over 20 years I came back to the market 8 weeks ago - my, hasn't it changed? - no Bovril trolley! :(
I used to come up often to buy flowers for the London offices - and whenever a girlfriend had been jilted or broken up with a boyfriend, I would drive them up from Surrey at the crack of dawn where senses would be beautifully assaulted by the colours, the sounds and fragrances - how could anyone stay miserable for long at the Flower Market? Inevitably we would leave laden with the most amazing flowers.
Back again on Monday for yet more inspiration and stunning blooms. As a non professional it's so refreshing to be treated so well, with great advice and such friendly chaps (mostly chaps!) Very much appreciated under rather sad circumstances. Thank you

Hi Jaine, thank you for your

Hi Jaine, thank you for your lovely comment! It's true that whilst some things change, the beautiful colours, fragrances and sounds have stayed the same! Wonderful to hear that you're back again after a break and enjoying your time at the Market - there's nowhere quite like it. With best wishes, Claire.

Dear Rona, Thanks for this

Dear Rona,

Thanks for this lovely report. I am doing my own flowers for my wedding, and have been to the Market for a recce and to reassure myself that it is possible! I had a fantastic time and filled my flat with flowers. I forgot however to check for confetti. I was wondering if you knew of any traders who sold petal confetti, such as freeze-dried delphiniums?

Thanks for your help,

Lucy

Hi Lucy, For petal confetti I

Hi Lucy, For petal confetti I would try our sundries companies as I have seen them being sold there in the past. I suggest calling in advance to ensure they have the exact type you are looking for available. You can try C Best (020 7720 2306), Whittingtons (020 7720 9121) E Pollard (020 7720 6465) or Donovans (020 7720 5417). Best Wishes, Kathryn