Flower Market Report [FEB]

01/02/2017 - 10:03

Romance is in the air at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! With Valentine’s Day this year falling on a Tuesday, 'Red Naomi’ roses from Holland, pictured below, and ‘Freedom’ from South America are tipped to be the florists' top choices.  

Red Naomi Roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Read on to discover what else you can expect to see flowers, foliage, plants and sundries wise when you visit over the coming weeks…

British Flowers

British tulips have started to come in, with this stunning cerise pink variety called ‘Marvel Parrot’. You’ll find it at Zest Flowers.

British Pink Marvel Parrot Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

And there are also several types of Narcissus available, including these ‘Golden Harvest’ daffodils at Pratley.

British Golden Harvest Daffodils at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

World Flowers

If you’re looking for a ‘different’ red rose, how about this gorgeous one at Bloomfield called ‘Matilda’, with its petals verging on a deep terracotta tone.

Red Matilda Roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Or for a blush pink palette, there’s the classic ‘Sweet Avalanche’ rose.

Pink Sweet Avalanche Roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

And for a lilac rose, ‘Ocean Song’ at Dennis Edwards Flowers is a great choice!

Lilac Ocean Song Roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

As an alternative to traditional roses on February 14th, you may like to consider red ranunculus

Red Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

...or perhaps ‘Red Princess’ tulips? If you missed it first time around, here's a link to a Product Profile Report about this iconic bloom.

Red Princess Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Even though we’re technically still in winter, flowers with a touch of spring are in evidence at Nine Elms, like these ‘Blue Passion’ hyacinths.

Blue Passion Hyacinths at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

You really can’t beat the incredible scent of sweet peas, can you? These pretty petals from Italy can be found at DG Wholesale Flowers.

Lilac Sweet Peas at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

To add a zingy green freshness to floral designs, why not pick up some Viburnum opulus 'Roseum' (guelder rose) at Zest Flowers.

Viburnum opulus Roseum Guelder Rose at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Or if sunshine yellow is more to you and your customers’ tastes, you’d be hard pressed to find more vibrant a bloom than Ranunculus Pon-Pon 'Stella' at Dennis Edwards Flowers!

Ranunculus Pon-Pon Stella at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

That’s where you’ll find bunches of Acacia dealbata ‘Mirandole’ (mimosa) set off nicely against their glossy black packaging.

Yellow Acacia dealbata Mirandole Mimosa at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Dainty Scabiosa ‘Vanilla Scoop’ is available at DG Wholesale Flowers...

White Scabiosa Vanilla Scoop at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

...and they have white anemones too. These are Italian, but Israeli grown are also starting to come in.

White Anemones at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

British Foliage

Outside on Foliage Row, variegated berried ivy can be found in abundance at GB Foliage.

British Variegated Ivy at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

And if you’re looking for trailing ivy for table runners or urn designs, then you’ll find it there too. 

British Ivy Trails at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

At Porters Foliage, there’s senecio with its soft, silvery-grey leaves.

British Senecio at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Whilst containers full of English small leaf eucalyptus, pictured below, and the large leaf variety can be found at GB Foliage.

British Small Leaf Eucalyptus at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Head to Porters Foliage for a plethora of cotoneaster, with its vivid red berries.

British Cotoneaster at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

And how amazing are these lofty teasels that they also have? Ideal for adding a natural texture to your arrangements.

British Teasels at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

World Foliage

Proving to be popular for wedding designs, there’s Brunia albiflora.

Brunia albiflora at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

And to add a touch of fragrance to your designs, Bloomfield have these dainty aroma bouquets featuring bay, borage, sage and rosemary.

Aroma Bouquets at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

British Plants

How lovely is it to see Primula vulgaris (primroses) at L Mills? A sure sign that spring is on its way…

British Primroses at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

...and they also have trays upon trays of jasmine plants.

British Jasmine at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

World Plants

Picking up again on this month’s rose theme, you'll find miniature ‘Magnolia Kordana' roses at Quality Plants.

Pink Magnolia Kordana Rose Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

They also have just had a delivery of a new Phalaenopsis orchid variety called ‘Old Rose’, which has beautiful dusky pink petals…

Old Rose Phalaenopsis Orchid Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

…and these Medinilla plants with their pendulous flowers. Apparently, being tropical, they love humidity! So they’re a great for a bathroom.

Medinilla plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

If you’re on the search for a splash of colour for contract work, how about these Vrieseas? They're available at Arnott & Mason.

Orange Vrieseas at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

Sundries

C.Best always have a great selection of sundries. And this month, you can find rustic metal lanterns, which have glass candle holders inside…

Rustic Metal Lanterns at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

’wooden’ containers in different shapes and sizes, perfect for bulbs…

Wooden Containers at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

...and these weighty stone effect pots, which come in various designs.

Stone Effect Pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market February 2017

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.

P.S. If you already know what you need for Valentine’s Day, it’s best to order from the traders asap. Then, as more requests for particular flowers and foliage come in, you can simply add them to your order list. 

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Hi there I was hoping you

Hi there

I was hoping you would be able to please tell me whether the market has any quicksand and menta roses in stock for me to view/buy a sample to test colours before I purchase them for my wedding?

Thank you

Hi Joanne I've seen the roses

Hi Joanne
I've seen the roses you're looking for at the market, but to check they'll be in stock on the morning you visit the market you'll need to get in touch with our wholesalers directly. They might also be kind enough to put some aside for you to buy :) You can try getting in touch with Bloomfield (020 8444 0646), Dennis Edwards (07956 378 685), SR Allen (20 7720 9432) or Zest (020 7498 7574) who all stock a wide variety of roses.
Hope the wedding goes well, and do let me know if there's anything else I can help with.

Hi in general are stall

Hi in general are stall holders happy for members of the public to take photos? Thanks nx

Hi Naomi Wholesalers are

Hi Naomi
Wholesalers are generally happy for florists to take snaps of their stock for inspiration or their social media, but we are a wholesale trade market, so don't recommend members of the public coming down for the purposes of taking photos. If you'd like to carry out photography at the market (more than just a few snaps with your phone) then you'll need to fill in a short permission form. If you email hello@cgma.co.uk my colleague Katie can send you the form and answer any other questions you might have. Hope this helps :)