Flowers

Product Profile: Winter Twigs and Branches

Written by Rona Wheeldon
January 23, 2017

In this month’s Product Profile Report, we’re shining the spotlight on winter twigs and branches. They can be found in abundance at New Covent Garden Flower Market at the moment, both outside on Foliage Row and inside. Just how striking is this yellow witch hazel (Hamamelis mollis)? 

Yellow witch hazel Hamamelis mollis at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Background

Found at Nine Elms for just a few months of the year, these pretty twigs and branches are perfect for adding a seasonal touch to designs. The weather very much dictates their exact availability, but simply check with the traders if you need something for a specific date.

Chinese New Year is this Saturday (28th January) and you'll find plenty of bundles of peach blossom, also sometimes referred to as pink blossom. If it's magnolia you're after, on the other hand, there's a huge choice, from lofty branches which you can buy individually to smaller twigs in bundles. 

Dainty flowering quince also comes in different heights, whilst pussy willow which has been at the Flower Market since before Christmas, is now in peak season, with several varieties to choose from. 

Types

Peach Blossom

Peach Blossom CHerry Blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

White Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles)

White Flowering Quince Chaenomeles at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Peach Flowering Quince (Chaenomeles superba)

Peach Flowering Quince Chaenomeles superba at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Magnolia (inside)

Magnolia Branches at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

British Magnolia (outside)

British Magnolia at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Viburnum bodnantense 'Charles Lamont'

Viburnum bodnantense 'Charles Lamont' at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Genista (Broom)

Genista Broom at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Forsythia 'Spectabilis'

Forsythia 'Spectabilis' at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

White Blossom (Prunus)

White Blossom Prunus at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Red Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermedia 'Diane')

Red Witch Hazel (Hamamelis intermedia 'Diane') at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Gaggle

Gaggle at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

British Cultivated Pussy Willow

British Cultivated Pussy Willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

'Green' Pussy Willow

Green Pussy Willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Pussy Willow (Salix 'Snowflake')

Pussy Willow Salix Snowflake at New Covent Garden Flower Market January 2017

Design Inspiration

Tying in with the current trend of a natural, informal floral style, winter twigs and branches can add a wonderful woodland inspired feel to designs. Use magnolia branches or forsythia as a frame in tall urn or vase arrangements. And stems of pussy willow are ideal for supporting hyacinth and narcissi bulbs.

Here are some examples of beautiful designs featuring these seasonal treasures…

McQueens Instagram

(Source: McQueens

JamJar Flowers Instagram

(Source: JamJar Flowers

SuperNature Flowers Instagram

(Source: SuperNature Flowers

Shane Connolly Instagram

(Source: Shane Connolly

Simon Nickell Design Instagram

(Source: Simon Nickell Design

By Appointment Only Design Instagram

(Source: By Appointment Only Design

Rowan Lewis Instagram

(Source: Rowan Lewis

The Flower Bird Instagram

(Source: The Flower Bird

Tony Marklew Instagram

(Source: Tony Marklew

Rob Van Helden Floral Design Instagram

(Source: Rob Van Helden Floral Design

Early Hours Ltd Instagram

(Source: Early Hours Ltd

Scarlet & Violet Instagram

(Source: Scarlet & Violet

John Carter Instagram

(Source: John Carter

Wild at Heart Instagram

(Source: Wild at Heart

Your Designs

We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using winter twigs and branches from New Covent Garden Flower Market. Simply send an email to info@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Twitter and copy us in, by including @MarketFlowers in your tweet. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's Product Profile Report. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you…

P.S. Have you heard the news about the date of the opening of the new Flower Market? It's Monday, 3rd April. For further details, please click here

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