Flowers

April's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
March 31, 2016

Spring has well and truly sprung at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month, with blossom bringing a fabulous floral feel to Foliage Row!

Pretty pastel shades are in abundance everywhere. And inside you'll find wonderful seasonal blooms such as ranunculus, anemones, tulips and hyacinths. Read on to discover what else you can expect to see when you next visit Nine Elms...

British Flowers

Walk by Pratley and you’ll experience a waft of beautifully scented stocks from Suffolk...

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...plus the heady fragrance of pale yellow and white hyacinths from Cambridgeshire.

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World Flowers

Hyacinths can also be found from further afield, including this variety called 'Orange Lion'at S Robert Allen. And if you missed if first time around, you may like to have a read of this Product Profile about these popular blooms. 

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Ranunculus continue to be in plentiful supply. Whether you're looking for Standard, Cloni, Cappuccino or Pon-Pon, you'll be really spoilt for choice. How beautiful is this particular Pon-Pon variety called 'Mignon' with its pale pink petals? You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

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And I really can't get enough of these breath-taking blush anemones at S Robert Allen! Swoon...

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You may have already seen Blackberry and Candy Scoop varieties of Scabiosa, but have you seen this one called Marshmallow? It's available at DG Wholesale Flowers.

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There are wraps aplenty of tulips... single, double, fringed, parrot and French. How about this gorgeous pink one called 'Flashpoint'? It's available at Zest Flowers...

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...where they also have Grevillea 'Misty Red', which would be great to use to add an interesting texture to a design.

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And oh my... if you love sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus), you'll be very pleased to know that they're available in lots of different colours, including this gorgeous shade.

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Just how pretty are these spray roses called 'Silver Rain'? Such a delicate shade of pale, pale lilac and ideal for bridal work. You'll find them at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

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If you're looking for a floral pop of green, how about these 'Lemonade' roses?

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Or this Helleborus argutifolius?

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And look out for love-in-a-mist (Nigella) in white and blue at several traders.

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Perfect for the current floristry trend of a natural look, Spiraea Grefsheim can be found at the Market.

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And another popular rose choice at the moment is this pale gold 'Combo' rose. If you use them and post an image on Instagram, perhaps you may like to add the hashtag #comboroses, as this florist has done, to make it easy for potential customers to find your designs featuring them. 

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Lofty Fritillaria imperialis 'Orange Beauty' with its dramatic flower heads is looking resplendent at Bloomfield.

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And if you're wondering what to use as a yellow filler flower, how about this dyed waxflower (Chamelaucium uncinatum)? I couldn't quite believe my eyes when I saw it at DG Wholesale Flowers...

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British Plants

There's yet more captivating scent to be found at L. Mills with homegrown jasmine plants.

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And they also have dainty Aubrieta gracilis to add a touch of purple to rock gardens and containers.

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World Plants

Spring bulbs are readily available, whether you're looking for muscari, irises, narcissi or hyacinths.

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And 'Succulent Fever' is still very much in evidence. Quality Plants have a wide range including these Echeveria lilacina plants. Their common name is Ghost Echeveria or Mexican Hens and Chicks.

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How cute are these Sedum Burrito plants at Arnott & Mason?

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By the way, if you'd like to know more about succulents, maybe take a read of this Product Profile.  

For April, The Flower Council of Holland's Houseplant of the Month is the Peperomia. And you'll find several varieties at Nine Elms, including this one called Peperomia rotundifolia.

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For a plant with a pop of yellow, how about this Cytisus racemosus, whose common name is broom. Apparently bees love it! It's available at Evergreen.

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And with a splash of another primary colour, potted red geraniums have started to appear at their stand.

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British Foliage

I mentioned at the very beginning of this report that blossom is here. Well... there are so many different types outside at GB Foliage and Porters Foliage! Isn't it just heavenly?

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White cherry blossom...

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...and pink.

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There's also this gorgeous hebe...

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...and at Porters Foliage, they have ready-made wreaths with narcissi bulbs.

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Sundries

The Flower Store, which is part of Bloomfield, has some fantastic new stock. How lovely are these pots and vases? They really would make a statement!

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Or if your customers like to be on-trend metallics-wise, check out these copper containers.

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And for outside spaces, what better than this set of two metal planters... ideal for balconies as they're very lightweight!

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So, that's a snapshot of what you can expect to find at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month. I hope you've enjoyed reading my 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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