Flowers

August's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
August 09, 2017

Head to the Flower Market this month and you’ll find a spectacular variety of dahlias in so many different shapes and sizes!

Just how stunning is this pink-peach ball-shaped variety called Linda’s Baby?

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Lindaôçös Baby Dahlias At Zest Flowers 1

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There’s a wonderful selection of British blooms and foliage to choose from too. Plus lots of plants and sundries! To see what else you can find at the market over the coming weeks, why not take some time out of your busy day, settle down and have a browse through August’s report…

 British Flowers

If you’re looking for homegrown dahliasPratley have boxes upon boxes of these vibrant mixed blooms.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Boxes Of Mixed British Dahlias At Pratley 2

Or for something with a more linear form, check out their pretty larkspur

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Larkspur At Pratley 3

…or gladioli.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Gladioli At Pratley 4

They also have a plentiful supply of agapanthus at Pratley, if you’re looking to add a pop of blue to a design.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Agapanthus At Pratley 5

Over at Zest Flowers, their British Flowers section is getting bigger and bigger as we move through the summer months! Check out this beautiful Scabiosa atropurpurea in pink, white and pale lilac.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Scabiosa Atropurpurea At Zest Flowers 6

If you saw Matt from the Urban Flower Co’s hand-tied bouquet which he designed for this year’s British Flowers Week, then you’ll have already seen this dainty white bloom. It’s called Silene vulgaris. And its common name is bladder campion, due to its bladder-like calyx.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Silene Vulgaris Also Known As Bladder Campion At Zest Flowers 7

World Flowers

You’ll find sunflowers aplenty at Nine Elms this month including this variety with its green centre. It’s called Helianthus annuus ‘Vincent’s Fresh’, often labelled as ‘Vin Fresh’, and it’s available at DG Wholesale Flowers. By the way, if you missed it first time around, you may like to have a read of this Product Profile about this cheerful flower.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sunflower Helianthus Annuus Ôçÿ Vincentôçös Freshôçö At Dg Wholesale Flowers 8

Looking to add a touch of texture to a design? Then how about Rudbeckia, which DG Wholesale Flowers also have.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Rudbeckia At Dg Wholesale Flowers 9

Over at Bloomfield, you’ll find this elegant bi-coloured rose called ‘Kahala’. With champagne-cream petals edged with dark peach, it’s becoming very popular to harmonise with other cream and peach roses.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Kahala Roses At Bloomfield 10

Have you seen these branches laden with quince fruits? Labelled as Kweepeer, they can be found at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Kweepeer Quince At Dennis Edwards Flowers 11

Green cabbages, very much the ornamental kind of Brassica, are starting to appear.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Green Cabbages Brassica At Zest Flowers 12

At J H Hart Flowers, they have this unusual spider chrysanthemum called ‘Baltazar’, with lilac and green petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Baltazar Spider Chrysanthemum At J H Hart Flowers 13

If you’re on the search for a filler flower in a cool tone, how about this Eupatorium cannabinum 'Plenum' at Zest Flowers?

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Eupatorium Cannabinum Plenum At Zest Flowers 14

Aren’t these spray roses absolutely gorgeous?! Perfect for wedding designs, they’re called ‘Victorian Classic’ and you’ll find them at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ôçÿ Victorian Classicôçö Spray Roses At Bloomfield 15

And thistle-like Cynara cardunculus, also known as globe artichokes, are adding a splash of vivid purple to the market.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cynara Cardunculus Globe Artichokes At Bloomfield 16

British Foliage

At GB Foliage, there’s a fantastic array of British greenery. For example, oak resplendent with acorns…

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Oak At Gb Foliage 17

…tall rosemary...

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Tall Rosemary At Gb Foliage 18

… and copper beech. The latter being ideal for dark, moody arrangements.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Copper Beech At Gb Foliage 19

The scent when you walk into the foliage wholesalers at the moment is so intoxicating! Not just from rosemary, but at Porters Foliage you’ll also find bundles of purple basil

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Purple Basil At Porters Foliage 20

…and scented geranium.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Scented Geranium At Porters Foliage 21

And if you’re looking for a little something special to add movement to a design, they have jasmine trails too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Jasmine Trails At Porters Foliage 22

British Plants

Climbing perennials in the form of these brightly coloured Mandevilla hybrida plants can be found at L. Mills

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Mandevilla Hybrida Plants At L Mills 23

…where they also have a large selection of begonias, with their large lush petals, in a range of different colours.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Begonia Plants At L Mills 24

World Plants

Calluna, summer flowering heather, which is perfect for window boxes and pots, is available at Evergreen Exterior Services.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Calluna Plants At Evergreen 25

They also have an incredible selection of bulbs…not only Alliums including ‘Purple Sensation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Globemaster’ but also Crocus sativus and Colchicum.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Allium Bulbs At Evergreen 26

And they have these Dicksonia antarctica plants, also known as Australian tree ferns.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dicksonia Antarctica Plants Also Known As Australian Tree Ferns At Evergreen 27

At Quality Plants, there are ‘Flapjacks’…of the botanical kind! Available in various sizes, these dramatic plants with their large red-rimmed leaves are also known as Kalanchoe thyrsiflora, paddle plant or desert cabbage.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Flapjack Plants Quality Plants 28

Check out their Clivia plants if you’re in need of a splash of bold orange.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Clivia Plants At Quality Plants 29

Just how unusual are these plants which they also have in stock? They’re a trailing variety of Crassula called Crassula marnieriana 'Hottentot' and their common name is jade necklace vine.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Crassula Marnieriana Hottentot Common Name Jade Necklace Vine At Quality Plants 30

Another plant with quirky leaves is this Rhapis excelsa at Arnott & Mason. The ends of their blunt leaves almost look like they’ve been cut with crimping scissors!

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Rhapis Excelsa Plants At Arnott Mason 31

And if we’re talking quirky leaves, let’s not leave out Aloe Vera! Thick and fleshy, their lance-shaped leaves are studded with little ‘teeth’, characteristic of this distinctive plant.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Aloe Vera Plants At Arnott Mason 32

Sundries

At Whittingtons, they have a fabulous new range of hat boxes. They come in two colourways in various shapes. And they’re all sold in units of three boxes of differing sizes.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hat Boxes At Whittingtons 33

They also have this innovative product called Easy Pleat, which is a great way to save time when you’re making floral tributes. Available in a range of different colours, it’s pre-pleated ribbon which is completely ready to use.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Easy Pleat Ribbon At Whittingtons 34

And rounding up this month’s report is their extensive array of florist’s tools. You’ll find everything from scissors, knives and secateurs to wire cutters, thorn strippers and foliage removers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Floristry Tools At Whittingtons 35

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.

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