Flowers

In season at the Flower Market this May

Written by Rona Wheeldon
May 09, 2018

With the month of May heralding the start of the much-anticipated peony season, you'll find so many stunning varieties starting to appear at New Covent Garden Flower Market.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Paeonia Lactiflora Shirley Temple At Zest Flowers

Look out for 'Shirley Temple' (pictured above), Command Performance, Odile and Pecher to name but a few. 

And if that isn't enough excitement in the world of flowers, this month we've also got three very special events taking place - the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom!

British Flowers

With the weather starting to warm up, boxes upon boxes of British blooms like this dainty Scilla (bluebells) are popping up at Pratley, as also shared recently on their Instagram account

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Scilla At Pratley

And what a wonderful sight for sore eyes these homegrown Ranunculus are too!

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Ranunculus At Pratley

World Flowers

Have you seen pink forget-me-nots (Myosotis) before?! You'll find them at Dennis Edwards Flowers, where they're continuing to colour band their stand which you can see on their Instagram feed

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pink Myosotis At Dennis Edwards Flowers

With wedding season starting to pick up steam, how about these pretty ‘Malaya Gem’ spray roses at DG Wholesale Flowers? Such a delicate shade of blush. By the way, do check out their amazing peony selection as featured on their Instagram account

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona ‘ Malaya Gem’ Spray Rose At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Or if its garden roses that you're on the look-out for, how about these 'Victorian Peach' roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Victorian Peach At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Alternatively, head to Zest Flowers for 'Memory Lane' roses from Luke. His Instagram Stories are going down a storm on their account. Meanwhile, Graeme's heading towards the 15K mark on their Instagram Grid! 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Luke At Zest Flowers

There's still time to make the most of grape hyacinths, both blue and white. Muscari ‘Casablanca’ can be found at Zest Flowers

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Muscari ‘ Casablanca’ At Zest Flowers

Staying with white and perfect for creating movement in meadowesque style designs is Spiraea at DG Wholesale Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Spiraea At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Over at Bloomfield, there's an incredible selection of foxgloves. How about this beautiful variety called Digitalis ‘Camelot Lavender’?

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Digitalis ‘ Camelot Lavender’ At Bloomfield

They also have this very delicate bloom called Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Night Sky', which featured recently on their Instagram feed

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Amsonia Tabernaemontana Night Sky At Bloomfield

Both white and blue Nigella, with the common name love-in-a-mist, can be found in abundance at Nine Elms this month. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Blue Nigella At Dennis Edwards Flowers

And do head over to Bloomfield if you're looking for poppies (Papaver) with red petals or even the orange petalled variety too. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Papaver At Bloomfield

British Foliage 

At Porters Foliage, you'll find British dogwood in leaf. Follow their Instagram account to see more of their greenery offering. And pop in when you're next at the Flower Market to see their new 'pyramid-shaped' display stands. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Dogwood In Leaf At Porters Foliage

Birch in leaf has just started to come in at GB Foliage, reminding me of the silver birch trees which Abigail MacNiven from Petal & Stalk used with dramatic effect in her British Flowers Week 2017 installation

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Birch At Porters Foliage

White leaf, also known as Sorbus, has also started to become available at our foliage specialists. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona White Leaf Also Known As Sorbus At Porters Foliage

And how about the spectacular colours of this Pieris at GB Foliage, who also have an Instagram account.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pieris At Gb Foliage

British Plants

English Pelargonium plants, grown at the Windsor Estate, can be found at Arnott & Mason. They're ideal for adding a splash of colour to outside spaces!

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona English Pelargonium Grown At The Windsor Estate At Arnott Mason

Whilst over at L Mills, they're in British Osteospermum Heaven, with several different colourways available. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Osteospermum At L Mills

World Plants

Large pots of Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Tivoli Red’ can be found this month at Quality Plants. On a much smaller scale pot-wise, if you follow their Instagram Stories, you'll know they recently featured their much sought after 'magnetic pots', which you can use to display mini plants such as succulents and diddy Phalaenopsis orchids!

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Hydrangea Macrophylla ‘ Tivoli Red’ At Quality Plants

Returning to large specimen plants, head to Evergreen for Rhododendron ‘Virginia Richards'. Its blooms merge from deep pink buds and slowly mature from pale pink through to peachy yellow. You'll find Evergreen's HQ on Instagram too. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Rhododendron ‘ Virginia Richards’ At Evergreen

How about this striking variety of Monstera at Arnott & Mason? With its oval-shaped holes in its leaves, it's called Monstera obliqua and it was recently featured on their Instagram account.

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Monstera Obliqua At Arnott Mason

The intoxicating scent of trolleys brimming full of Jasminum polyanthum plants in a range of different sizes can be found at Evergreen

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Jasminum Polyanthum At Evergreen

Sundries

C Best always have a fabulous selection of containers for plants. And they've surpassed themselves this month with their latest range of every type of earthenware pot you could ever wish for...

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Assorted Earthenware Pots At C Best

You'll be well and truly spoilt for choice! Check out some more of this new stock on their Instagram account

New Covent Garden Flower Market May 2018 In Season Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Earthenware Pots At C Best

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this month’s In Season report and it’s given you lots of inspiration! It's just a very small snapshot of just some of the flowers, foliage, plants and sundries at New Covent Garden Market in May. You'll also find tulips, hyacinths, fritillaria, lily of the valley, cloni ranunculus, delphiniums, lilac, cherry blossom, guelder, dahlias(!) and even more...

We're so looking forward to seeing Philippa Craddock's beautiful wedding flower designs on May 19th. And the very best of luck to everyone taking part in the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom!

P.S. Just a reminder that the Flower Market will be closed on Monday 28 May for the bank holiday.

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