Flowers

Flower Market Report: Christmas Special

Written by Rona Wheeldon
November 27, 2014

Christmas has well and truly arrived at New Covent Garden Flower Market!

And you'll find everything you need to create stunning festive designs for your clients.

The scents of pine, cinnamon and star anise are around every corner and glitter is in abundance! Plus, furry and fluffy animals are proving to be extremely popular. Read on to discover what you can find at Nine Elms… you're in for a real treat!

If you're looking to add texture and colour to a Christmas arrangement, there are umpteen different types of pine cones, both sprayed and natural. Some come loose in bags and others are on sticks.    

Gold pine cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

C Best have an astonishing assortment of baubles in a myriad of different colours and types!

Gold Baubles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

They're displayed high up on their shelves, which are virtually stacked to the ceiling. So do ask the guys on the stand, like Andy, to assist you.

Andy at C Best at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Also, in their dedicated Christmas aisles, you'll find just about every conceivable festive decoration that you can imagine, including lots of different types of faux flowers, which are ideal for clipping or wiring on to wreaths and garlands.

Gold glittery faux flowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Staying with gold, there's sprayed salal at Porters Foliage, together with magnolia, coral fern, skimmia, eucalyptus and bear grass.

Gold sprayed salal at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Zest Flowers have expanded for the festive season, with two new large Christmassy areas next to their stand. They have lotus heads

Gold glitter louts heads at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

roses

Silver roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

pears on sticks

Silver glittery pears on sticks at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And even glittery hydrangeas, in a variety of different colours.

Silver glittery hydrangeas at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Outside at Foliage Row, Porters have sprayed hazel catkins

Sprayed silver hazel catkins at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

grevillea

Silver grevillea at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…and a new florist's favourite, Asparagus plumosus. When lots of foliage at this time of year is 'spiky', this delicate fern provides a lovely, soft and almost ethereal contrast. It's available in a range of colours including white, gold and brown. Some have a touch of glitter too…

Silver Asparagus plumosus at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And snow twigs are in plentiful supply.

Snow twigs at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Have you seen these pretty baubles before? Filled with feathers, they can be found at C Best

Baubles filled with feathers at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…as can these textural designs.

Textured baubles at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

There are lots of wreaths at the Market. These particular ones below can be found at Zest Flowers.

wreaths at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And that's where you can also p-p-p-pick up one of these little fellas! The John Lewis Christmas advert featuring Monty the Penguin is definitely influencing demand at the moment, as they're flying off the shelves.

Penguins at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Owls are also very much in evidence. These white fluffy ones are available at J H Hart Flowers.

Fluffy white owls at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And you'll find them high up on the look-out at C Best

Owls at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…together with a family of polar bears.

Polar bears at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Oh…and there's white reindeer too at Zest Flowers!

White reindeer at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Plus glittery ones, at The Flower Store, which is part of Bloomfield. So, as you can see, animals are proving to be very popular this year!

Silvery glittery reindeer at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Ian at Whittingtons also has a range of animals. And in their 'alleyway', you'll find lots of Christmas decorations including faux flowers and wreaths.

Ian at whittingtons with a range of animals at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Plus they have Christmas lights aplenty, as do C Best and DBD London...

Christmas lights at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…which leads us nicely onto the Yuletide essential! After a slow start due to the warm weather in Denmark, Christmas trees are now in abundance at Nine Elms. Pictured below are Gary and Dean at Quality Plants, who have plenty available, as do several other traders including Evergreen and Pratley.

Christmas Trees with quality plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

GB Foliage have made a real statement at their stand, with the creation of this wonderful hanging display.

GB Foliage stand at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And on their and Porters's stands, you'll find blue pine wreaths in a range of different diameters.

Blue pine wreaths at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

If it's garlands you're after, there are all-round ones, which are perfect for decorating banisters. And then there are flat-back ones, which are ideal for mantelpieces or around windows and door frames. If you'd like to make your own designs though, there are also bundles of blue, Douglas and Scots pine.

Garlands at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

To decorate your wreaths or garlands, there's an Aladdin's Cave of sundries available, from cinnamon sticks in 8cm & 20cm lengths…

Cinnamon sticks at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…to natural cones

Natural cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…cinnamon dusted, white-tipped and glitter cones

Gold glitter cones at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

orange slices

Orange slices at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

… a rainbow of painted and sparkly birch twigs

Sparkly birch twigs at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

glittery and waxed fruit

Glittery and waxed fruit at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

pepperberry

Pepperberry at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

frosted berries

Frosted berries at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

…plus there are lemon slices, whole oranges, apple slices, mini pumpkins, chilli peppers, natural lotus heads…the list goes on!

And there's a huge range of assorted ribbons, including these at C Best.

Ribbons at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

For customers who would prefer a non-foliage wreath, how about these wonderful rose hip ones at Dennis Edwards Flowers?

Rose hip wreath at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

And to add colour inside, poinsettias are available in a range of sizes, with more varieties coming in over the next few weeks.

Poinsettias at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

Last, but not least, is Santa himself, in the form of these very cute Christmas tree decorations at C Best!

Santa Christmas tree decorations at New Covent Garden Flower Market - Christmas Special - December 2014

So, if you're looking for inspiration for Christmas 2014, I'm sure you'll be bowled over by the extensive range of fabulous festive flowers, foliage, plants and sundries when you visit the Market. It really is the place to shop, with everything all under one roof.

This report is just a little whirlwind tour!  I've not even included wire wreath rings, sphagnum moss, ilex, cyclamen, amaryllis, candles, birch bark, reindeer moss, artificial trees, nativity scenes, picea, mitsumata... And if you're looking for anything in particular, please simply ask below and we'll get back to you.

P.S. Don't forget that if you're not based near London, we have our Flower Market Delivered service. Alagar, Porters Foliage and C Best will deliver straight to your door anywhere in the UK.

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