Flower Market Report [MAY]

09/05/2017 - 11:43

Peony season has well and truly arrived at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! There are so many beautiful varieties available, many of them grown in France, that you'll be spoilt for choice when you next visit.

Here's a gorgeous variety! 'Festiva Maxima' which has double white flowers, with crimson flecks on some of its central petals. 

White Festiva Maxima peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Read on to discover lots more peony varieties you can find here, together with a snapshot of just some of the flowers, foliage, plants and sundries available in May. 

British Flowers

At GB Foliage, there are billowing clouds of cow parsley...the perfect filler for natural, relaxed style designs. 

British Cow Parsley at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Whilst over at Pratley, you'll find boxes of pretty white Scilla

British White Scilla at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

They also have pinks (Dianthus) in various hues. For more information about this fragrant bloom, please click here

British Pinks Dianthus at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

And you're in luck if you're looking for homegrown ranunculus

British Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

World Flowers

Here are just some of the different types of peonies you can expect to find at Nine Elms. Bunches upon bunches of ‘Madame Claude Tain’ peonies are available at Zest Flowers.

White Madame Claude Tain Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Pale pink 'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies can be found at DG Wholesale Flowers...

Pale Pink Sarah Bernhardt Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

...where they also have 'Gardenia'. Its buds start off as soft pink and then open up to lightly scented white petals, with just a touch of blush. 

Pale Pink Gardenia Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

If you're looking for a rose-pink peony, choose ‘Monsieur Jules Elie'. 

Pink Monsieur Jules Elie Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Magical 'Coral Sunset' start off with coral petals, which gradually fade to pale cream. 

Coral Sunset Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

'Flame' peonies, which you'll find at S Robert Allen, have cupped deep pink petals with golden yellow stamens at the centre of each bloom. 

Cerise Flame Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

And let's finish off with 'Red Charm' peonies at Deanos Flowers, with their intense crimson red petals.

Red Charm Peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Bear in mind that different varieties of peonies open at different rates. So, if you need your peonies to be blooming perfectly for a wedding or event, simply ask the traders and they'll be able to advise you how soon in advance it's best to buy them.  

Have you seen this lovely variety of Dicentra spectabilis before? It's called ‘Valentine’ and you can find it at Bloomfield.

Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’ at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

And if you're looking for near-black blooms, how about Dianthus ‘Blackjack’ at A Goodchild?

Dianthus Blackjack at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Or if you have a bride-to-be who's set her heart on lilac roses, how about wonderful ‘Dancing Clouds’ at R G French & Sons?

Dancing Clouds Roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

No, I couldn't quite believe it either! The first Dutch 'Café au Lait' dahlias for 2017 have arrived at Bloomfield.

Cafe au Lait Dahlias at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

And in a similar colour palette is this lovely apricot statice (Limonium sinuatum).

Apricot Statice Limonium at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

If you're looking for exquisitely scented cream stocks (Matthiola incana), then head for S Robert Allen.

Cream Stocks at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Or if it's foxgloves you're on the look-out for, Zest Flowers have a lovely variety called Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Cream’.

Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Cream’ at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) with its arching stems and dainty white flowers is available at several wholesalers. 

Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

And you'll find pale blue 'Love-in-a-Mist' (Nigella) at J H Hart Flowers.

Blue Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella) at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

If you're on the search for a more vibrant blue though, head to Dennis Edwards Flowers, where you'll find these stunning cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus).

Blue Cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus) at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

British Foliage

White leaf (Sorbus) is available at GB Foliage. And did you know that they've recently joined Instagram? Click here if you'd like to check out their account.  

British White Leaf Sorbus at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

At Porters Foliage, there are containers brimming full of birch.

British Birch at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

You'll also find viburnum...

British Viburnum at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

..and photinia.

British Photinia at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

World Plants

At Evergreen, they have a wide range of geranium plants, which are ideal for adding a pop of colour to window boxes.

Geranium Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

They also have trays upon trays of sunflowers plants (Helianthus). 

Sunflowers plants (Helianthus) at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Whilst over at Quality Plants, they have daisy-like marguerites...

Marguerites at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

...and Eucharis too.

Eucharis at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

How cute is this plant?! It's called Sedum morganianum, but it's also known as burro's tail. And it's available at Arnott & Mason

Sedum morganianum at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

That's where you'll also find these String of Hearts plants (Ceropegia woodii)...just the ticket for the current hanging plant trend. And such pretty, heart-shaped leaves!

String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

For something more structural though and great for selling in your shop gift-wrapped are Zantedeschia plants.

Zantedeschia plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

Sundries

Have you visited the fantastic 'Greenery Avenue' at C Best yet? It's an Aladdin's cave of artificial plants and trees, including ferns which were the focus of last month's Product Profile Report

Greenery Avenue at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

New in, they also have these fabulous antique pots...

Antique Pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

and this lofty blossom tree, plus lots more new sundries in their fabulous new showroom. 

White Blossom Tree at New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017

By the way, did you know that C Best have also joined Instagram? Simply click here if you'd like to follow them. 

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. Did you see that we've announced the 5 star florists of British Flowers Week 2017? Simply click here to find out who they are.

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