Flower Market Report [APR]

07/04/2017 - 11:36

Tulips in just about every colour imaginable can be found at the brand new Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market this month! Just how pretty is this pale lilac homegrown variety?!

British Lilac Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017 

You'll also find an abundance of different types of fritillaries, daffodils, hyacinths and ranunculus, plus lots more flowers, foliage, plants and sundries. Read on to discover what you can expect to find on your visit to our new location...

British Flowers

In the Narcissus family, there's this wonderful sunshine yellow variety of double daffodil called 'Apotheose' from Spalding in Lincolnshire. You'll find it at Pratley, where they also have 'Golden Ducat' and 'Double Dee'. 

British Apotheose Daffodils at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And you'll find beautifully fragrant freesias from Guernsey there too.

British Freesias at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Whilst over at DG Wholesale Flowers, boxes of the first British ranunculus have started to come in!

British Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

World Flowers

There are several different varieties of the new flower on the block which is causing a real stir amongst florists, the butterfly ranunculus. So this month, I thought I'd share with you this yellowy-orange variety called 'Minoan'. The perfect hue for including in spring designs...

Orange Yellow Minoan Butterfly Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

If it's yellow tulips you're after though, then head to J H Hart Flowers, where they have this fabulous variety called 'Strong Gold'.

Yellow Strong Gold Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Now I mentioned fritillaries at the beginning of the report and here are three stunning specimens, starting with Fritillaria imperialis 'Early Passion' at Bloomfield, which has yellow petals with subtle markings.  

Pale Yellow Fritillaria imperialis Early Passion at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

They also have Fritillaria uva vulpis with small dark mahogany, bell-shaped flowers tipped with yellow. 

Fritillaria uva vulpis at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Or as a change to the maroon and green variety of Fritillaria persica, how about this greenish-white one called 'Ivory Bells'? By the way, if you missed it first time around, do check out this Product Profile about this popular spring bloom. 

Green Fritillaria Persica Ivory Bells at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

I adore Dicentra spectabilis with its exquisite dainty flowers on arching stems! And doesn't it have a wonderful common name, bleeding heart? You'll find it at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

White Dicentra spectablilis bleeding heart at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

If you're on the hunt for hanging amaranthus, perhaps for a pedestal design, then head to Zest Flowers.

Hanging green brown amaranthus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

'Azur Salmon' ranunculus from Holland are stealing the show at DG Wholesale Flowers! David tells me that Italian ranunculus will be finishing in a couple of weeks, but they'll still have a great selection of Dutch available for about another month or so.

Azur Salmon ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Ideal to include in a gift bouquet celebrating the announcement of a baby girl are these lovely pale pink tulips called 'Essence'. You'll find them at S Robert Allen

Pale pink Essence tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And make the very most of 'Hanoi' Cloni Ranunculus whilst they're still around... it won't be long now until their season is over.

Pale pink Hanoi Cloni Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Lilac has started to appear at the market and isn't this variety at Zest Flowers called 'Maiden's Blush' gorgeous?

Pink Maiden's Blush Lilac at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Or if your customers adore hyacinths, how about this variety called 'Purple Star' at S Robert Allen?

Purple Star Hyacinths at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

New in, are ethereal aquilegia in a kaleidoscope of colours at Bloomfield

Aqueligia at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

I couldn't resist sharing this fabulous deep purple variety of tulip called 'Graffiti' with you! 

Purple Graffiti Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And this...well, it has to be my favourite flower in this month's report... Daucus carota 'Dara'! Such a lovely shade of purple with an ombre effect.

Daucus carota Dara at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

But for a complete contrast on the colour spectrum, how incredible is this Protea Waratah at Porters Foliage?

Protea Waratah at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

British Foliage

There's masses of pink double cherry blossom to be found at our foliage traders. And, weather dependent, it'll be available for another couple of weeks.

Pink Double Cherry Blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

GB Foliage have this amazing euphorbia, with long stem lengths. 

British Euphorbia at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And they also have laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). 

British Laurel at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Whilst at Porters Foliage, you'll find containers brimming full of pear blossom on lichen covered branches. 

British Pear Blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

They also have this incredible amelanchier, which is just the ticket for adding movement to natural, garden style designs. 

British Amelanchier at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

British Plants

Aren't white anemones with green centres just so, so pretty?! You find them amongst mixed trays of anemone plants at L Mills

British Anemone Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

World Plants

Evergreen have a plethora of ranunculus plants, which I've seen used to dramatic effect in contract designs in offices and hotels. 

Ranunculus plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Staying with vibrantly coloured flowering plants, how about these Lewisia cotyledon at Quality Plants?

Lewisia cotyledon plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And oh my....the scent wafting from this trolley loaded with lily of the valley was amazing!

Lily of the Valley plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

'White Desire' tulips in pots can be found at Evergreen.

White Desire Tulip Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Whilst at Quality Plants, you'll find planted fritillaries...Fritillaria meleagris, also known as snake's head fritillary.

Fritillaria meleagris Snake's Head Fritillary Plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Or it you're looking for a robust houseplant, how about these Sansevieria at Arnott & Mason?

Sansevieria at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

Sundries

‘Milk bottle’ vases appear to be a popular choice at the moment and you'll find them in various sizes at Whittingtons

Milk bottle glass vases at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

That's where you'll find just about every type of balloon you could ever wish for!

Balloons at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

And with Easter approaching fast, you may like to add these cute little Easter chicks to your shopping list. 

Easter chicks at New Covent Garden Flower Market April 2017

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. 

P.S. Here are this year's Easter Opening Times but please check with your indiividual wholesaler(s) as their opening times may differ:

Friday 14th April (Good Friday) - Open

Saturday 15th April - Open

Sunday 16th April - Closed as usual

Monday 17th April (Easter Monday) - Closed

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Hi I visited the flower

Hi
I visited the flower market a couple of times last week in prep for my daughters wedding, and would just like to thank Katie, from DG Wholesalers for all her help in my selection. The flowers were fabulous and the box of English ranunculuses superb. They opened beautifully and together with the anemones were stunning.
I will definitely visit again! Loved it and so easy!
I also bought a tray of blue hydrangea plants, so when I was ready to make the bouquets they were fresh and together with the gypsophylia they were stunning, all 7 of them.
Thanks.
Marika

Hi Marika Thanks so much for

Hi Marika
Thanks so much for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you had such a positive experience with DG Wholesale and that the flowers looked so beautiful. I'll pass your comments on to the team at DG to let them know how much you loved buying from them :)

love your report - really

love your report - really helpful as usual.
Not impressed with no café in the otherwise fab new market.

Hi Kathryn Glad you found the

Hi Kathryn
Glad you found the report useful! Unfortunately we've had some problems with the electrics for the new cafe, but hope to have it up and running soon.

Hi my daughter is getting

Hi my daughter is getting married on 15th July 2017
She would like to have lilac and purple and white/cream flowers lavender etc
Can you give us any suggestions on what flowers ?
Many thanks in advance

Lee

Hi Lee There's all sorts of

Hi Lee
There's all sorts of different lilac, purple and white/cream flowers available - it really depends what your daughter's favourite varieties are. I'd recommend speaking to your florist about seasonal varieties. All the best for the big day :)