Flowers

March's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
March 01, 2017

Spring has well and truly sprung at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! And you'll find pockets of the intoxicating scent of homegrown narcissi greeting you on many stands.

As well as this vibrant yellow and orange variety from the Isles of Scilly called ‘Hugh Town’, there's Paperwhite and Erlicheer narcissi in abundance. Plus there are several different types of daffodils available.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Hugh Town Narcissi At Pratley

Read on to find out about just some of the other flowers, foliage, plants and sundries at Nine Elms to help you with your plans for International Women’s Day on March 8th and Mother’s Day on March 26th.

British Flowers

Just how charming are these bunches of Cornish snowflakes at Pratley?

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Snowflakes At Pratley

Perfect for Mother’s Day are these ‘Flaming Flag’ tulips from Lincolnshire...so pretty with their white blushed lilac petals and feathered streaks of rich purple.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Ôçÿ Flaming Flagôçö Tulips At Pratley

And if you’ve got your heart set on widow iris, make sure you get to Pratley early as these dainty velvety blooms are very much in demand!

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Widow Iris At Pratley

World Flowers

How utterly stunning is this red and white variety of anemone called Anemone Mistral? You'll also find them available with pale lilac and white petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Anemone Mistral At S Robert Allen

There are so many different types of tulips at Nine Elms this month. For a cerise pink variety, why not choose ‘Double Princess’, which is available at DG Wholesale Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Double Princessôçö Tulips At Dg Wholesale Flowers

And from the ‘Scoop’ family of Scabiosa atropurpurea, various different shades can be found. If you’re looking for pink, pick ‘Candy Scoop’ at Zest Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Scabiosa Atropurpurea Candy Scoop At Zest Flowers

And for a soft vintage pink, there’s 'China Pink' hyacinths.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona China Pink Hyacinths At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Have you ever thought of using cut Kalanchoe in designs? They have a great vase life and DG Wholesale Flowers have a lovely selection at the moment.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Kalanchoe At Dg Wholesale Flowers

They’re back! Fritillaria imperialis with their striking petals at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Fritillaria Imperialis At Dennis Edwards Flowers

If you’re looking for Helichrysum, also known as everlasting flowers, head to Porters Foliage.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Helichrysum Also Known As Everlasting Flowers At Porters Foliage

Ideal on its own as a simple bridal bouquet, as illustrated beautifully here by McQueens, is Matricaria with its delicate blooms.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Matricaria At Zest Flowers

How fabulous are these 'Moon Kick' gerberas at Zest Flowers with their double white petals and pale lime green centres?

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Moon Kick Gerberas At Zest Flowers

What a strikingly vibrant shade of green these brand new Chrysanthemum Bombellini at S Robert Allen have!

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Chrysanthemum Bombellini At S Robert Allen

I’m so happy to see the return of Persian Fritillaries (Fritillaria persica) to the market. With their unruly wayward stems, they’re wonderful for adding movement to floral designs.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Persian Fritillaries Fritillaria Persica At Dennis Edwards Flowers

And I couldn’t resist sharing these black Cloni Ranunculus at Bloomfield with you!

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Black Cloni Ranunculus At Bloomfield

Pots of Muscari armeniacum can be found at several wholesalers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Muscari Armeniacum At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Plus you'll find these Dyed Rainbow Hydrangeas at Dennis Edwards Flowers. Ideal for an event or party...

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dyed Rainbow Hydrangeas At Dennis Edwards Flowers

I’d heard that a new ranunculus was soon to hit UK shores. And here it is, the Butterfly Ranunculus! This particular variety is called Theseus and you can find it at Bloomfield. Petalon have included it in one of their weekly bouquets, as you can see here on the right.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Butterfly Ranunculus Variety Is Called Theseus At Bloomfield

British Foliage

Outside on Foliage Row, there are containers brimming full of single white cherry blossom.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Single White Cherry Blossom At Porters Foliage

And at GB Foliage, you’ll find pink prunus blossom.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pink Prunus Blossom At Gb Foliage

Different types of homegrown pussy willow can be found at Porters Foliage...

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pussy Willow At Porters Foliage

...where they also have willow. Apparently though, if you would like to order it, it’s referred to as orange dogwood!

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Willowat Porters Foliage

And there’s twisted willow in abundance too…

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Twisted Willow At Porters Foliage

World Foliage

How wonderful is this foliage with all its different colour variations at GB Foliage? It’s known as autumn eucalyptus.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Autumn Eucalyptus At Gb Foliage

And inside, if your bride-to-be has her heart set on Dusty Miller (Senecio), simply pop by S Robert Allen. The guys there have recently joined Instagram, so do follow them there for up-to-date news on their flower and foliage availability. You’ll find them here.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dusty Miller Also Known As Senecio At S Robert Allen

World Plants

Helleborus Lividus plants are available at Evergreen. And just in case you missed my report all about Hellebores last month, here’s a link if you’d like to take a read. It features not only plants but also cut flowers

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Helleborus Lividus Plants At Evergreen

I adore these Primula ‘Glorious Laced Gold’ plants at Evergreen, with their chocolate brown, yellow-centred flowers and gold laced edges to their petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Primula Ôçÿ Glorious Laced Goldôçö Plants At Evergreen

Staying with the same plant family, they also have Primula obconica plants.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Primula Obconica Plants At Evergreen
New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Tillandsia Andreas At Quality Plants

Sundries

The Flower Store, which is part of Bloomfield, always have a great selection of pots. Do check them out if you’re thinking of offering potted plants or bulbs as an alternative gift idea to bouquets for Mother’s Day. They have verdigris terracotta pots...

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Verdigris Terracotta Pots At The Flower Store

...glazed ceramic pots in dusky pink and various shades of grey...

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Glazed Ceramic Pots Dusky Pink And Different Shades Of Grey At The Flower Store

...plus bark effect cement pots.

New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017 Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Bark Effect Cement Pots At The Flower Store

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’re holding special preview days if you’d like to visit the brand new Flower Market, before it opens on April 3rd. They are on Thursday 16th March, 4:30am-10:30am and Sunday 19th March, 10am-2pm. Click here if you'd like to find out more details.

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