Flowers

September's Flower Market Report

Written by Rona Wheeldon
September 02, 2014

A sensational colour palette of burgundy, deep red, purple and orange heralds the start of autumn at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! And dahlias, berries and rose hips, plus a profusion of lots of different types of hydrangeas are in evidence.

How wonderful is this hydrangea called Ruby Red Classic, which can be found at D G Wholesale Flowers? Did you know that the petals of ‘Classic’ types of hydrangeas have a more antiquey look, than standard varieties?

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British Flowers

British dahlias have just started to come in at Alagar. Richie tells me that they’ll be available until mid-October. Make sure to order them though, as they’re very much in demand.

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Here’s a close-up of these spectacular blooms…

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Over at at Pratley, there’s this beautifully velvet-like Amaranthus from Cambridge.

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And at Zest Flowers, as well as a fantastic range of garden roses, they also have this pretty Monarda ‘Lambada’ in their British Flowers Section.

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If it’s British delphiniums you’re after, then make a bee-line to Pratley, where they have this variety in a delicate shade of pale blue.

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And if you’re looking for a filler to add texture, how about this Golden rod (Solidago) from Cambridgeshire.

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You’ll also find British sunflowers, dahlias, chrysanthemums, lilies, asters and fountain grass, at the Market.

World Flowers

Physalis always remind me of Halloween, perhaps because their shape looks a little bit like pumpkins! Well…they’re already appearing at Nine Elms and can be found at D G Wholesale Flowers.

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Staying with the orange theme, aren’t these Mariyo! roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers just stunning?

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Malus is available at Alagar and the individual fruits can be bought in punnets at Porters Foliage too.

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If you’re creating an autumnal hand-tied, this Rubus ‘Chester’ at Alagar would be a perfect addition…

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…as would these amazing rose hips at Alagar. The hips are almost as big as cherry tomatoes!

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Some florists have recently mentioned to me that they had Chocolate cosmos in their bridal bouquet, or were planning to have it. And I can certainly understand why…it’s such an incredible bloom, with its chocolate-scented, maroon petals.  You can find it at Bloomfield.

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Have you seen this flower before? It’s called Vernonia crinita and it’s available at D G Wholesale Flowers.

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They also have Brassica ‘Red Crane’

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…and to add visual impact to a design, how about this Echinops ‘Blue Globe’ at Zest Flowers?

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To finish off the Flowers section, I thought I’d share with you these striking Fiesta roses, with their pale pink and yellow striped petals. You can find them at Alagar.

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British Plants

 

At L Mills, Bob has dahlias, but this time in the form of plants. And they’re labelled as XXXL!

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They also have dainty Sagina subulata plants, which have little white flowers in the spring.

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And Cyclamen have come in early due to the warm weather and are looking good.

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World Plants

It amazes me that Vanda orchids are happy growing like this, without compost…

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You’ll find them at Quality Plants, together with these very cute African violets.

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Over at Arnott & Mason, they have Azaleas aplenty.

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And if you’re looking for plants in burgundy hues, you’ll find these fabulous Oxalis triangularis at Quality Plants. 

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British Foliage 

Outside at Foliage Row, there’s Cotinus coggygria at Porters Foliage.

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And at GB Foliage, you’ll find this amazing Silk grass towering over their display.

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Bridal bouquets with scent are something which many brides-to-be ask for.  And geranium leaves are an ideal way to introduce fragrance. Here are some that I spotted at Porters.

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They also have containers brimming full of snowberry.

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And at GB Foliage, you’ll find this very large-leafed eucalyptus.

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There are trolley loads of breath-taking hydrangeas at Porters Foliage.  And here’s a link to a Product Profile report about them.

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World Foliage 

They also have this beautiful Italian Eucalyptus populus.

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And highly sought after by brides-to-be, who are following wedding trends from the States, is Senecio maritima at S Robert Allen.

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Sundries

Oasis has brought out a brand new range of floral foam products called Foto Floral and you can find them at Whittingtons. With photo backgrounds and 50 pre-cut floral foam shapes, they’ve been created for celebrations, weddings, events, corporate functions and sympathy designs.

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And if you need to make samples of Christmas wreaths, garlands or tablecentres to show your clients, you’ll be very pleased to know that Porters Foliage already have a selection of festive sundries available. You’ll find dried orange slices, whole oranges, cinnamon sticks and star anise, plus pine cones too.

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So, I hope you’ve enjoyed September’s round-up of just some of the flowers, foliage, plants and sundries, which you can find at New Covent Garden Flower Market. As always, this is just a small snapshot. Also available this month are nerines, asclepias, agapanthus seed heads, sedum, carthamus, gentiana, plus foxglove and begonia plants…to name but a few. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. We’d really love to hear from you…

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