Flowers

In Season at the Flower Market this April

Written by Rona Wheeldon
April 03, 2019

Spring has well and truly sprung, judging by the abundance of springtime flowers at New Covent Garden Market this month!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Dicentra Spectablilis At Bloomfield

Just how gorgeous is this dainty Dicentra spectabilis at Bloomfield? With the common name of bleeding heart, it aptly has heart-shaped pink and white blooms, which hang from its arching stems. Read on to discover lots more wonderful flowers, foliage, plants and sundries available at Nine Elms this month...

British Flowers

Beautifully scented homegrown sweet peas, also known as Lathyrus odoratus, can be found at Zest Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Sweet Peas At Zest Flowers

Meanwhile at Pratley, British Narcissi like this variety called Great Leap can be found by the box load, together with English tulips.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Narcissus Great Leap At Pratley

World Flowers

Called Hydrangea Magical Emerald, this very special flower is a little bit of a chameleon, as apparently its white-pink petals gradually change in colour to deep-green.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Hydrangea Magical Emerald At Bloomfield

There are so many exquisite varieties of roses available all year round at the Flower Market that it's a real challenge choosing which ones in particular to feature in my reports. However, for April I thought I'd shine the spotlight on Menta with its delicate blush petals. You'll find it at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Menta Rose At Bloomfield

You may have seen me mention Brownies Tulips in last month's report? Well, this month Anthony at The Floral Garden Group (A Goodchild) has another flower from the new Brownies range, freesias!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Freesia Brownies At The Floral Garden Group

To add a wonderful touch of movement to a bridal bouquet, how about Astilbe japonica Washington, which is available at Zest Flowers?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Astilbe Japonica Washington At Zest Flowers

Or if it's a scented white bloom you're on the look-out for, how about this gorgeous Syringa vulgaris Madame Florent Stepman? And if you'd like to discover more about this fragrant bloom, then take a read of our special report.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Syringa Vulgaris Madame Florent Stepman At Zest Flowers

Incredible to believe, but dahlias are back...already! Check out this variety called Dahlia Karma Maarten Zwaan. It's often described as water lily in form, with its white flowers and a splash of lime green at its centres.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Karma Maarten Zwaan At Zest Flowers

This month, you'll find a wide selection of Butterfly Ranunculus available at several of our flower wholesalers. And this variety is one of the most popular. Called Ariadne, it has soft pink petals. By the way, if you're a ranunculus fan, do check out our latest florist's guide report!

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Ranunculus Butterfly Ariadne At Bloomfield

As well as Butterfly Ranunculus, you'll also find information in it about Cloni Ranuculus, the family this striking variety called Fragolino comes from. It's available at DG Wholesale Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Ranunculus Cloni Fragolino At D G Wholesale Flowers

There's still a wide array of tulips at the Flower Market, including this fringed variety called Purple Crystal with its deep purple petals. It's available at Deanos Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Purple Crystal Tulips At Deanos Flowers

How about these pretty Campanula medium Champion Lavender, perfect for a spring hand-tied bouquet?

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Campanula Medium Champion Lavender At Zest Flowers

Or you may prefer this highly scented Hyacinthus orientalis Jan Bos with rich cerise pink flowers? It can be found at J H Hart Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Hyacinthus Orientalis Jan Bos At J H Hart Flowers

Let's round off this section with the happy news that Sonny is busy back at work at Dennis Edward Flowers after taking time off for the arrival of his daughter. His wife Kitten had a beautiful baby girl and they've named her Meadow.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Sonny At Dennis Edwards Flowers

British Foliage

English Photinia is available this month at GB Foliage...

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Photinia At Gb Foliage

...together with Azalea in bud.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Azalea In Bud At Gb Foliage

Meanwhile over at Porters Foliage, you'll find birch leaves starting to unfurl. It's a good time to use it now, when it's at its toughest and the leaves are at their most long-lasting.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Birch At Porters Foliage

You'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to blossom! Russ, who's partial to pear blossom in particular, is the man 'in the know' if you have any questions, whatsoever.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Russ At Porters Foliage With British Pear Blossom

World Foliage

Porters Foliage really is the place to go if you're looking for dried flowers and foliage, a trend which certainly shows no sign of abating. As well as bleached ruscus, they also have broom, teasels and bearded wheat.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Bleached Ruscus At Porters Foliage

By the way, the ruscus also comes in pale pink, cerise pink, peach and pale lilac.

British Plants

Trolley loads of homegrown Zonal Geraniums can be found at Arnott & Mason this month, in lots of different colours. They're ideal for adding a pop of colour to outside spaces.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona British Zonal Geranium Plants At Arnott Mason

World Plants

Lavandula stoechas topiary plants are available at Quality Plants, together with Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Prostratus’ topiary plants too.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Lavandula Stoechas Topiar Plants At Quality Plants

Plus they have trays of fragrant Jasminum polyanthum, ready-wrapped in brown kraft paper.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Jasminum Polyanthum Plants At Quality Plants

Just the ticket for gifts are these Campanula Blue Like MEE plants at Evergreen Exterior Services. They're happy inside and outside.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue White Like Mee Plants At Evergreen

Sundries

C Best have got some fabulous new ranges in for spring. With the continuing trend for the 70s vibe, how about these amber glass vases? Or if green is more to your taste, they also have an amazing assortment. And the cacti-shaped vases would be a great talking point in your shop or for contracts.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Green And Amber Glass Vases At C Best

C Best have also well and truly pulled out all the stops for you if you're involved in this year's Chelsea in Bloom! For 2019, the theme is 'Under The Sea' and you'll find virtually ever type of sea shell imaginable on display in their store, plus lots more marine paraphernalia.

New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2019 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Wheeldon Flowerona Assorted Sea Shells At C Best

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the In Season report and it’s given you lots of inspiration! As always, it features just some of the many floral highlights at the market this month. You'll also find Anemone Mistral Plus Tigre, Maiden's Blush Lilac, Dahlia Red Fox, Ranunculus Pon Pon Malva, Secret Garden Roses, Freesia Mercurius, Scabious Scoop Marshmallow, Berried Ivy, Sorbus, Syngonium podophyllum plants, Easter themed sundries...and lots more besides!

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