Flowers

May's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
May 09, 2017

Peony season has well and truly arrived at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! There are so many beautiful varieties available, many of them grown in France, that you'll be spoilt for choice when you next visit.

Here's a gorgeous variety! 'Festiva Maxima' which has double white flowers, with crimson flecks on some of its central petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Festiva Maxima Peonies At Bloomfield

Read on to discover lots more peony varieties you can find here, together with a snapshot of just some of the flowers, foliage, plants and sundries available in May. 

British Flowers

At GB Foliage, there are billowing clouds of cow parsley...the perfect filler for natural, relaxed style designs.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Cow Parsley At Gb Foliage

Whilst over at Pratley, you'll find boxes of pretty white Scilla.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Scilla At Pratley

They also have pinks (Dianthus) in various hues. For more information about this fragrant bloom, please click here.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pinks At Pratley

And you're in luck if you're looking for homegrown ranunculus!

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Ranunculus At Pratley

World Flowers

Here are just some of the different types of peonies you can expect to find at Nine Elms. Bunches upon bunches of 'Madame Claude Tain' peonies are available at Zest Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ôçÿ Madame Claude Tainôçö Peonies At Zest Flowers

Pale pink 'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies can be found at DG Wholesale Flowers...

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sarah Bernhardt Peonies At Dg Wholesale Flowers

...where they also have 'Gardenia'. Its buds start off as soft pink and then open up to lightly scented white petals, with just a touch of blush.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Gardenia Peonies At Dg Wholesale Flowers

If you're looking for a rose-pink peony, choose 'Monsieur Jules Elie'.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Monsieur Jules Elie Peonies At Zest Flowers

Magical 'Coral Sunset' start off with coral petals, which gradually fade to pale cream.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Coral Sunset Peonies At Bloomfield

'Flame' peonies, which you'll find at S Robert Allen, have cupped deep pink petals with golden yellow stamens at the centre of each bloom.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Flame Peonies At S Robert Allen

And let's finish off with 'Red Charm' peonies at Deanos Flowers, with their intense crimson red petals.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Red Charm Peonies At Deanos Flowers

Bear in mind that different varieties of peonies open at different rates. So, if you need your peonies to be blooming perfectly for a wedding or event, simply ask the traders and they'll be able to advise you how soon in advance it's best to buy them.  

Have you seen this lovely variety of Dicentra spectabilis before? It's called ‘Valentine’ and you can find it at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dicentra Spectabilis Valentine At Bloomfield

And if you're looking for near-black blooms, how about Dianthus ‘Blackjack’ at A Goodchild?

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dianthus Ôçÿ Blackjackôçö At A Goodchild

Or if you have a bride-to-be who's set her heart on lilac roses, how about wonderful 'Dancing Clouds' at R G French & Sons?

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Ôçÿ Dancing Cloudsôçö Roses At R French Sons

No, I couldn't quite believe it either! The first Dutch 'Café au Lait' dahlias for 2017 have arrived at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cafe Au Lait Dahlias At Bloomfield

And in a similar colour palette is this lovely apricot statice (Limonium sinuatum).

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Apricot Statice Limonium Sinuatum At Bloomfield

If you're looking for exquisitely scented cream stocks (Matthiola incana), then head for S Robert Allen.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Stocks Matthiola Incana At S Robert Allen

Or if it's foxgloves you're on the look-out for, Zest Flowers have a lovely variety called Digitalis purpurea ‘Camelot Cream’.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Foxgloves Digitalis Purpurea Ôçÿ Camelot Creamôçö At Zest Flowers

Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum odoratum) with its arching stems and dainty white flowers is available at several wholesalers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Solomonôçös Seal Polygonatum Odoratum At Bloomfield

And you'll find pale blue 'Love-in-a-Mist' (Nigella) at J H Hart Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue Nigella Love In A Mist At J H Hart Flowers

If you're on the search for a more vibrant blue though, head to Dennis Edwards Flowers, where you'll find these stunning cornflowers (Centaurea cyanus).

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Cornflowers Centaurea Cyanus At Dennis Edwards

British Foliage

White leaf (Sorbus) is available at GB Foliage. And did you know that they've recently joined Instagram? Click here if you'd like to check out their account.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British White Leaf Sorbus At Gb Foliage

At Porters Foliage, there are containers brimming full of birch.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Birch At Porters Foliage

You'll also find viburnum...

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Viburnum At Gb Foliage

...and photinia.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Photinia At Gb Foliage

World Plants

At Evergreen, they have a wide range of geranium plants, which are ideal for adding a pop of colour to window boxes.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Geranium Plants At Evergreen

They also have trays upon trays of sunflowers plants (Helianthus).

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Sunflowers Plants Helianthus At Evergreen

Whilst over at Quality Plants, they have daisy-like marguerites...

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Marguerites At Quality Plants

...and Eucharis too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Eucharis At Quality Plants

How cute is this plant?! It's called Sedum morganianum, but it's also known as burro's tail. And it's available at Arnott & Mason.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Sedum Morganianum Also Known As Burros Tail At Arnott Mason

That's where you'll also find these String of Hearts plants (Ceropegia woodii)...just the ticket for the current hanging plant trend. And such pretty, heart-shaped leaves!

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona String Of Hearts Ceropegia Woodii At Arnott Mason

For something more structural though and great for selling in your shop gift-wrapped are Zantedeschia plants.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Zantedeschia Plants At Quality Plants

Sundries

Have you visited the fantastic 'Greenery Avenue' at C Best yet? It's an Aladdin's cave of artificial plants and trees, including ferns which were the focus of last month's Product Profile Report.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Greenery Avenue At C Best

New in, they also have these fabulous antique pots...

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Antique Pots At C Best

...and this lofty blossom tree, plus lots more new sundries in their fabulous new showroom.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blossom Tree At C Best

By the way, did you know that C Best have also joined Instagram? Simply click here if you'd like to follow them. 

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. Did you see that we've announced the 5 star florists of British Flowers Week 2017? Simply click here to find out who they are.

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