Flowers

April's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
April 01, 2015

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…  

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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…

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…’Matador’ from Cornwall with light yellow petals and orange-red cups…

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…and ‘Tahiti’ from the Scilly Isles. Plus there’s Golden Dawn and Winston Churchill too. 

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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?

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

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

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

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You’ll find Scilla peruviana with their sapphire blue flowers…

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

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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’.

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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. 

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

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

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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.

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

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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. 

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

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

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

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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? 

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World Plants

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

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

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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. 

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

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And they have pretty lacecap hydrangeas too.

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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. 

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

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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!

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

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

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And senecio, with its silver grey leaves.

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Sundries

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

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

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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!

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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. We’ve launch a brand new website for this year's British Flowers Week! It showcases all of the events, activities, images, stories, competitions, florists and designs (to be revealed during week of 15th-19th June) of this year's campaign. And it’ll be the online hub for information, images and downloads for florists. Simply click here to take a look. 

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