Flowers

April's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
April 07, 2017

Tulips in just about every colour imaginable can be found at the brand new Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market this month!

Just how pretty is the pale lilac homegrown variety above?!

You'll also find an abundance of different types of fritillaries, daffodils, hyacinths and ranunculus, plus lots more flowers, foliage, plants and sundries. Read on to discover what you can expect to find on your visit to our new location...

British Flowers

In the Narcissus family, there's this wonderful sunshine yellow variety of double daffodil called 'Apotheose' from Spalding in Lincolnshire. You'll find it at Pratley, where they also have 'Golden Ducat' and 'Double Dee'.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Apotheose Daffodils At Pratley

And you'll find beautifully fragrant freesias from Guernsey there too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Freesias At Pratley

Whilst over at DG Wholesale Flowers, boxes of the first British ranunculus have started to come in!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale

World Flowers

There are several different varieties of the new flower on the block which is causing a real stir amongst florists, the butterfly ranunculus. So this month, I thought I'd share with you this yellowy-orange variety called 'Minoan'. The perfect hue for including in spring designs...

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Minoan Butterfly Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale

If it's yellow tulips you're after though, then head to J H Hart Flowers, where they have this fabulous variety called 'Strong Gold'.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Strong Gold Tulips At J H Hart Flowers

Now I mentioned fritillaries at the beginning of the report and here are three stunning specimens, starting with Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Passion' at Bloomfield, which has yellow petals with subtle markings.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fritillaria Imperialis Early Passion At Bloomfield

They also have Fritillaria uva vulpis with small dark mahogany, bell-shaped flowers tipped with yellow.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fritillaria Uva Vulpis At Bloomfield

Or as a change to the maroon and green variety of Fritillaria persica, how about this greenish-white one called 'Ivory Bells'? By the way, if you missed it first time around, do check out this Product Profile about this popular spring bloom.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells At Dg Wholesale

I adore Dicentra spectabilis with its exquisite dainty flowers on arching stems! And doesn't it have a wonderful common name, bleeding heart? You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dicentra Spectabilis Also Known As Bleeding Heart At Dennis Edwards

If you're on the hunt for hanging amaranthus, perhaps for a pedestal design, then head to Zest Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hanging Green Brown Amaranthus At Zest

'Azur Salmon' ranunculus from Holland are stealing the show at DG Wholesale Flowers! David tells me that Italian ranunculus will be finishing in a couple of weeks, but they'll still have a great selection of Dutch available for about another month or so.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Azur Salmon Ranunculus At Dg Wholesale

Ideal to include in a gift bouquet celebrating the announcement of a baby girl are these lovely pale pink tulips called 'Essence'. You'll find them at S Robert Allen.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Essence Tulips At S Robert Allen

And make the very most of 'Hanoi' Cloni Ranunculus whilst they're still around... it won't be long now until their season is over.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hanoi Cloni Ranunculus At Zest

Lilac has started to appear at the market and isn't this variety at Zest Flowers called 'Maiden's Blush' gorgeous?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Maidens Blush Lilac At Zest

Or if your customers adore hyacinths, how about this variety called 'Purple Star' at S Robert Allen?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Star Hyacinths At S Robert Allen

New in, are ethereal aquilegia in a kaleidoscope of colours at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Acquilegia At Bloomfield

I couldn't resist sharing this fabulous deep purple variety of tulip called 'Graffiti' with you!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Graffiti Tulips At Dg Wholesale

And this...well, it has to be my favourite flower in this month's report... Daucus carota 'Dara'! Such a lovely shade of purple with an ombre effect.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Daucus Carota Dara At Zest

But for a complete contrast on the colour spectrum, how incredible is this Protea Waratah at Porters Foliage?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Protea Waratah At Porters

British Foliage

There's masses of pink double cherry blossom to be found at our foliage traders. And, weather dependent, it'll be available for another couple of weeks.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pink Double Cherry Blossom At Gb Foliage

GB Foliage have this amazing euphorbia, with long stem lengths.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Euphorbia At Gb Foliage

And they also have laurel (Prunus laurocerasus).

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Laurel Prunus Laurocerasus At Gb Foliage

Whilst at Porters Foliage, you'll find containers brimming full of pear blossom on lichen covered branches.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pear Blossom At Porters

They also have this incredible amelanchier, which is just the ticket for adding movement to natural, garden style designs.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Amelanchier At Porters Foliage

British Plants

Aren't white anemones with green centres just so, so pretty?! You find them amongst mixed trays of anemone plants at L Mills.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hr British Anemone Plants At L Mills

World Plants

Evergreen have a plethora of ranunculus plants, which I've seen used to dramatic effect in contract designs in offices and hotels.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ranunculus Plants At Evegreen

Staying with vibrantly coloured flowering plants, how about these Lewisia cotyledon at Quality Plants?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Lewisia Cotyledon At Quality Plants

And oh my....the scent wafting from this trolley loaded with lily of the valley was amazing!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Lily Of The Valley Plants At Evergreen

'White Desire' tulips in pots can be found at Evergreen.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Desire Tulips At Evergreen

Whilst at Quality Plants, you'll find planted fritillaries...Fritillaria meleagris, also known as snake's head fritillary.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fritillaria Meleagris Also Known As Snakes Head Fritillary At Quality Plants

Or it you're looking for a robust houseplant, how about these Sansevieria at Arnott & Mason?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sansevieria At Arnott Mason

Sundries

‘Milk bottle’ vases appear to be a popular choice at the moment and you'll find them in various sizes at Whittingtons.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Milk Bottle Vases At Whittingtons

That's where you'll find just about every type of balloon you could ever wish for!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Balloons At Whittingtons

And with Easter approaching fast, you may like to add these cute little Easter chicks to your shopping list.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hr Easter Chicks At Whittingtons

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. Here are this year's Easter Opening Times but please check with your indiividual wholesaler(s) as their opening times may differ:

Friday 14th April (Good Friday) - Open

Saturday 15th April - Open

Sunday 16th April - Closed as usual

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) - Closed

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