Flowers

In season at the Flower Market this October

Written by Rona Wheeldon
October 09, 2017

With Halloween just around the corner, pumpkins and gourds in all manner of shapes and sizes can be found at the Flower Market this month.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Pumpkins Gourds At Porters Foliage

And you're in for real treat when it comes to autumnal colours! Marvel at the beautiful palette of burgundy, orange and red flowers on display. Plus there continues to be a wonderful selection of British blooms. Read on to discover more...

British Flowers

Head to Pratley for homegrown deep red amaranthus, perfect for seasonal designs.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Red Amaranthus At Pratley

That's where you'll also find boxes upon boxes of nerines, including this beautifully scented deep pink variety called 'Zeal Giant'...

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Zeal Giant Nerines At Pratley

...plus boxes of mixed gladioli. They always remind me of Rebel Rebel's incredible installation for the BAFTAs

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Mixed Gladioli At Pratley

World Flowers

Chinese lanterns (Physalis) are perfect for October window displays, capturing both an autumnal feel and the anticipation of Halloween. You'll find them at Bloomfield.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Physalis At Bloomfield

Staying with the orange theme, check out this Celosia argentea ‘Sunday Orange’ at A Goodchild, with its vibrant, wispy plumes.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Celosia Argentea ‘ Sunday Orange’ At A Goodchild

And yes, wraps of tulips are starting to appear at Nine Elms! This single flowering variety is called 'Ad Rem' and it's available at DG Wholesale Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Ad Rem Tulips At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Have you seen this orange flower before? It's botanical name is Leonotis leonurus but it's also known as The Staircase Plant. You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Leonotis Leonurus At Dennis Edwards Flowers Also Known As The Staircase Plant

An alternative to Physalis if you're looking for that lantern shape is Sandersonia. In fact its common name is Chinese lantern lily.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Sandersonia At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Just how striking are these 'Flash Eye' roses at Dennis Edwards Flowers?! Bright orange petals surround their green centres. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Flash Eye Roses At Dennis Edwards Flowers

For a deep red bloom with texture, how about Chrysanthemum 'Kiev Dark' at DG Wholesale Flowers

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Chrysanthemum Kiev Dark At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Or heading even darker still, they also have this incredible Brassica oleracea 'Black Leaf'!

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Brassica Oleracea Black Leaf At Dg Wholesale Flowers

For a softer colour palette, there's dainty Euphorbia fulgens ‘Pink Baron’ with its arching stems at Bloomfield...

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Euphorbia Fulgens ‘ Pink Baron’ At Bloomfield

...and I'm so pleased to see that ranunculus have started to filter back into the market, including this pretty variety called 'Elegance Pink'

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Elegance Pink Ranunculus At Bloomfield

Gomphrena, in various shades, is also available at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Gomphrena At Dennis Edwards Flowers

If you're looking for a pink filler flower to add texture, look no further than Anigozanthos 'Radiance' (kangaroo paw).

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Radiance Anigozanthos At Dennis Edwards Flowers

And wrapping up pink blooms, is this 'Crazy Eye' rose. It could so easily have been named 'Raspberry Ripple'. Just look at those sensational striped petals!

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Crazy Eye Rose At Dg Wholesale Flowers

British Foliage

It's so lovely to see that Viburnum tinus, with its delicate white blooms is in abundance at GB Foliage.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Viburnum Tinus At Gb Foliage

That's where you'll also find large leaf eucalyptus, ideal for large pedestal and urn arrangements. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Large Leaf Eucalyptus At Gb Foliage

For an alternative leaf shape and colour, there's choisya aplenty. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Choisya At Gb Foliage

Over at Porters Foliage, you'll find spindleberry, with its pink and orange berries. By the way, if you missed last month's Product Profile Report on Rose Hips, Berries and Seed Heads, click here to take a read. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Spindleberry At Porters Foliage

British Plants

Trays of Michaelmas daisy plants is a range of different colours are available at L Mills

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Michaelmas Daisy Plant Varieties At L Mills

And they also have homegrown Cyclamen plants in abundance. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report British Cyclamen Plants At L Mills

World Plants

Over at Evergreen Exterior Services, you'll find Skimmia confusa 'Kew Green', which is just the ticket for brightening up a dark corner. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Skimmia Confusa Kew Green At Evergreen Exterior Services

And they also have trailing ivy (Hedera)which is ideal for adding interest to window boxes. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Trailing Ivy Hedera At Evergreen Exterior Services

Brassica plants, also known as ornamental cabbages, in various hues can also be found at the Flower Market this month. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Brassica At Evergreen Exterior Services

You don't need me to tell you how popular ferns are at the moment! Well, did you know that the Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis') has air purifying qualities? You'll find them at Quality Plants...

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Boston Fern Nephrolepis Exaltata Bostoniensis At Quality Plants

...where they also have another air purifying fern. With sword-shaped, ruffled leaves, it's called Asplenium nidus 'Crispy Wave'. And it's also known as Bird's Nest Fern

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Asplenium Nidus Crispy Wave At Quality Plants

The last fern for this report is this striking Staghorn fern (Platycerium). By the way, if you missed it first time round, here's a link to a report about lots more ferns, which you can find at Nine Elms. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Staghorn Fern Platycerium At Quality Plants

I was thrilled to see Ceropegia (String of hearts) at Quality Plants too! Just how charming are their tiny heart shaped leaves? 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Ceropegia String Of Hearts At Quality Plants

Next door at Arnott & Mason, you'll find another plant which is appearing a great deal online recently, in flat lay images and bridal bouquets. It's Tillandsia xerographica, also known as the air plant.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Tillandsia Xerographica Air Plants At Arnott Mason

On the completely other end of the spectrum texture wise, are these exquisite violas in metal pots at A Goodchild

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Violas In Metal Pots At A Goodchild

Sundries

I always love taking a look at the new stock at The Flower Store, part of Bloomfield. Perfectly on trend are these distressed metal vases.

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Distressed Metal Containers At The Flower Store Part Of Bloomfield

They also have a wonderful assortment of aged urns and pots

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Aged Urns And Pots At The Flower Store Part Of Bloomfield

Plus these fabulous textured charcoal grey containers in various sizes. 

New Covent Garden Flower Market October 2017 Flower Market Report Textured Charcoal Grey Pots At The Flower Store Part Of Bloomfield

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.   

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