Flower Market Report [JUL]

29/06/2016 - 19:02

If you're on the look-out for British flowers, then you'll be absolutely spoilt for choice at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month!

There's homegrown larkspur in a kaleidoscope of colours, plus boxes upon boxes of sweet peas, lilies, statice, poppy seed heads, nigella, brodiaea and so much more! Read on to discover what else you can expect to find on your next visit to Nine Elms...

British larkspur at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016 

British Flowers

Just how dainty is this pink saponaria at Pratley? And it's available in white too.

British pink saponaria at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Plus they have a plethora of English 'Sarah Bernhardt' peonies. Do you remember British Flowers Week 2013 when Vic from Scarlet & Violet created these beautiful designs using this popular bloom?

British pink Sarah Bernhardt peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Or British Flowers Week the following year when Simon Lycett made these fabulous floral creations using pinks? Pratley currently have several different varieties including this very pretty pale pink one.

British pinks at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Zest Flowers have an incredible selection of scented British roses! You may have seen where they're grown in a recent Countryfile episode? Utterly breath-taking is how I'd describe this particular variety. It's called St Cecilia, but it's also sometimes referred to as Peony Pink... a small pink rose with a strong vanilla scent that opens to have a true peony shape.

British pink St Cecilia Peony Pink roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

In the British 'Corner' of their stand, they also have verbascum.

British yellow verbascum at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Another flower to give height to a design is this lofty eremurus.

British yellow eremurus at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

For a pop of vibrant yellow in a 'gathered from the garden' style bouquet, there are these daisy like blooms called Inula at Zest Flowers.

British yellow Inula at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Or with a slightly more ruffled appearance to their petals, they have these large white daisies.

British white daisies at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

To round up the British flowers section of this month's report, what better summer filler than alchemilla mollis?

British Alchemilla mollis at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

World Flowers

Now that guelder rose is less readily available, Hydrangea 'Annabelle' with its tiny florets is a perfect substitute. You'll find it at DG Wholesale Flowers.

Green Hydrangea Annabelle at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

With a completely different texture and a very lovely scent is Mentha 'Silver Queen'.

Menthe Silver Queen at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

I absolutely adore the colour of this scabious (Scabiosa caucasica)! With pale lilac petals, its variety name is 'Lisa' and it's available at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

Lilac Scabious Lisa at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Looking for striking talk-worthy blooms for a contract design? Then look no further. How about these Salambo artichokes?

Salambo artichokes at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

The naming of this variety of peony is just so spot... 'Angel Cheeks'! Available at S Robert Allen, they are a large double peony with pale pink guard petals cupping a raised centre of fluffy petals. By the way, do make the very most of peonies as their peak season is coming to an end.

Pink Baby Cheeks peonies at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Have you seen this particular type of Achillea millefolium before? It's called Anita Pink at S Robert Allen.

Pink Achillea millefolium at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

And Nerine bowdenii 'Vesta' is back at Bloomfield. Is it me or do you also think it has a slight scent of chocolate?

Pink Nerine bowline Vesta at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Zinnias are one of those flowers that you can’t help but find cheerful...

Zinnias at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

...as are these 'Sun King' sunflowers at Dennis Edwards Flowers! They'd both look wonderful in a 'Get Well Soon' bouquet.

Yellow Sun King sunflowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

British Plants

Head to L Mills for a riot of colourful potted plants like these Celosia plumosa, also know as 'Prince of Wales Feathers'...

British Celosia plumosa at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

...or these homegrown dahlias.

British dahlia plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

For budget-friendly English hydrangeas, make a bee-line for Quality Plants...

British pink hydrangea plants at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

...where they also have a wonderful selection of standard roses, including this white variety called 'Iceberg'.

British white standard roses Iceberg at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

World Plants

The potted rose is the Flower Council's Houseplant of the Month this month. And at Quality Plants, you'll find this gorgeous cream miniature rose variety called Belami Kordana.

Cream Belami Kordana miniature roses at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

That's where you'll also find Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra' with unusual horizontal yellow stripes on its foliage.

Miscanthus sinensis Little Zebra at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Beauty and lifestyle vlogger, Lily Pebbles has recently purchased this well-known plant, Sansevieria, also known as mother-in-law's tongue. So you may find yourself getting requests for it from the younger end of your customer base! They're available at Arnott & Mason.

Sansevieria mother in laws tongue at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

And how pretty is this Angelonia 'Angelface' at Evergreen Exterior Services?

Angelonia Angelfaca at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

British Foliage

Over on Foliage Row, you'll find Ligustrum ovalifolium with its clusters of creamy-white flowers at GB Foliage.

British Ligustrum ovafolium at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

They also have oak...

British oak at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

...and box in abundance. 

British box at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

If you're making pedestal designs and are looking for trailing foliage, head over to Porters Foliage for ivy trails

British ivy trails at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

There you'll also find pretty hebe...

British hebe at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

...and beech.

British beech at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

Sundries

These vintage terracotta pots at Quality Plants stopped me in my tracks! They're perfect for an on-trend grouping display of succulents or cacti. 

Vintage terracotta pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

If you need log slices for table centres, you'll find them available inside at Porters Foliage.

Log slices at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

And over at Whittingtons, they just received lots of new sympathy cards

Sympathy cards at New Covent Garden Flower Market July 2016

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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Please can you tell me who I

Please can you tell me who I can contact to purchase proteas.
I am especially after King protea, and blushing bride.
I am however not after a large amount.
Regards

Hi Sybil, there are several

Hi Sybil, there are several traders who would be able to provide these. I suggest you try Dennis Edwards Flowers (020 7498 5655) or D G Wholesale (020 7738 8070) or Deanos Flowers (020 7720 0343). Please note though that New Covent Garden Market is a wholesale market and therefore you would need to buy the whole box or bunch in which they were displayed. Best wishes, Kathryn

Hi, what days and times are

Hi, what days and times are the flower market open to the public? I would love to come xx

Hi Debbie, The Flower Market

Hi Debbie, The Flower Market is open to all Monday to Saturday and the core hours are 4am - 10am. Please note though that we are a wholesale market and therefore there are minimum order quantities (you noramlly buy the box or bunch in which the flowers are displayed). Best wishes, Kathryn

I am trying to do some

I am trying to do some research ahead for a wedding in early October
I am looking for myrtle and olive Any ideas?
Many thanks

Helen Shaw
whiteanemone
Wedding flowers and floral designs
Herefordshire

Hi Helen, If you are looking

Hi Helen,

If you are looking for anything specific I would suggest contacting one of our wholesalers directly to ensure they will have them in. We have many plant and cut flower/ foliage wholesalers depending on what exactly you are looking for. Some of our wholesalers such as Arnott and Mason (http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/users/arnott-and-mason-horticulture...) can provide larger Olive trees if that is what you are interested in. Or we have companies like Porters Foliage (http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/users/porters-foliage-ltd) who can provide cut foliage from trees. All of our wholesalers contact details are under the traders directory: http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/traders for you to speak with them directly.

If you are looking for some inspiration I suggest you check out last October's montly report: http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/blog/flower-market-report-oct-2015 .

If you are not already signed up to recieve our latest blogs and please feel free to send me your email address to info@cgma.co.uk and I can add you.

Best wishes,
Kathryn

Hi Rona Desperately looking

Hi Rona
Desperately looking for a source of sweet peas for a floral tribute to my father at his funeral on 8th August who was a keen sweet pea grower. I know it may be the end of the season, but is there any so one out there may be able to help.
Frances

Hi Frances I'm so sorry to

Hi Frances

I'm so sorry to hear that you're encountering problems sourcing sweet peas. I definitely saw some at Zest Flowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market when I was there last Monday. But, as you mention, their season is coming to an end.

Would you like to contact Zest Flowers on 020 7498 7574? I hope you're all to source them soon.

Best wishes
Rona

Hi there - I am getting

Hi there - I am getting married next year in August and thought it would be a good idea to get the flowers from the market. We are having a marquee for the venue and I would very much like to decorate the entrance to the marquee with plants ect. Do you have a rough price on Hydrangas? Also at this time of year would eucalyptus be available?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards

Jane

Hi Jane Many congratulations

Hi Jane

Many congratulations on your wedding next year!

Please remember though this is a wholesale market and therefore there are minimum order quantities (normally the box, bunch or tray in which they're displayed). If you are buying smaller quantities you may wish to visit your local florist instead. Also, there is a £5 charge to bring a vehicle onsite.

With regards to the price of hydrangeas, it's best for you to contact the plant wholesalers direct. Here are their details : Quality Plants (020 7978 1188), Evergreen (020 7720 6490), Arnott & Mason (020 7720 7651) and Pratley (020 7720 3914). Eucalyptus is generally available most of the year round. If you'd like to contact our foliage wholesalers, there will be able to give you more information about the different varieties available : Porters Foliage (020 7720 7831) and GB Foliage (020 7720 1843).

Best wishes
Rona

My daughter is getting

My daughter is getting married next year (29April) and a friend is doing all her wedding flowers. It was suggested we come and have a look to decide what roses etc we may like. We were thinking of coming on Thursday to have a look around. Do you think that's a good idea?

Hi Elaine Congratulations on

Hi Elaine

Congratulations on your daughter's wedding! There is nothing quite like seeing flowers in person to decide what you like, but we are a busy wholesale market and therefore there are minimum order quantities (normally the box, bunch or tray in which they're displayed). If brides are really keen on visiting the market, we advise they to do so with their florist. You can also take a look at our Market Report from April to get an idea of what's available in the market at that time of year: http://www.newcoventgardenmarket.com/blog/flower-market-report-apr-2016

Best wishes
Claire