Flower Market Report [MAR]

01/03/2017 - 13:35

Spring has well and truly sprung at New Covent Garden Flower Market this month! And you'll find pockets of the intoxicating scent of homegrown narcissi greeting you on many stands.

As well as this vibrant yellow and orange variety from the Isles of Scilly called ‘Hugh Town’, there's Paperwhite and Erlicheer narcissi in abundance. Plus there are several different types of daffodils available.

British Hugh Town Narcissus at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Read on to find out about just some of the other flowers, foliage, plants and sundries at Nine Elms to help you with your plans for International Women’s Day on March 8th and Mother’s Day on March 26th.

British Flowers

Just how charming are these bunches of Cornish snowflakes at Pratley?

British Snowflakes at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Perfect for Mother’s Day are these ‘Flaming Flag’ tulips from Lincolnshire...so pretty with their white blushed lilac petals and feathered streaks of rich purple.

British Flaming Flag Tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And if you’ve got your heart set on widow iris, make sure you get to Pratley early as these dainty velvety blooms are very much in demand!

British Widow Iris at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

World Flowers

How utterly stunning is this red and white variety of anemone called Anemone Mistral? You'll also find them available with pale lilac and white petals.

Red & White Anemone Mistral at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

There are so many different types of tulips at Nine Elms this month. For a cerise pink variety, why not choose ‘Double Princess’, which is available at DG Wholesale Flowers.

Cerise Double Princess tulips at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And from the ‘Scoop’ family of Scabiosa atropurpurea, various different shades can be found. If you’re looking for pink, pick ‘Candy Scoop’ at Zest Flowers.

Pink Scabious Candy Scoop at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And for a soft vintage pink, there’s 'China Pink' hyacinths.

China Pink Hyacinths at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Have you ever thought of using cut Kalanchoe in designs? They have a great vase life and DG Wholesale Flowers have a lovely selection at the moment.

Pale orange cut Kalanchoe at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

They’re back! Fritillaria imperialis with their striking petals at Dennis Edwards Flowers.

Fritillaria imperialis at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

If you’re looking for Helichrysum, also known as everlasting flowers, head to Porters Foliage.

Yellow Helichrysum at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Ideal on its own as a simple bridal bouquet, as illustrated beautifully here by McQueens, is Matricaria with its delicate blooms. 

Matricaria at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

How fabulous are these 'Moon Kick' gerberas at Zest Flowers with their double white petals and pale lime green centres?

White Moon Kick gerberas at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

What a strikingly vibrant shade of green these brand new Chrysanthemum Bombellini at S Robert Allen have!

Green Chrysanthemum Bombellini at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

I’m so happy to see the return of Persian Fritillaries (Fritillaria persica) to the market. With their unruly wayward stems, they’re wonderful for adding movement to floral designs. 

Fritillaria persica at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And I couldn’t resist sharing these black Cloni Ranunculus at Bloomfield with you!

Black Cloni Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Pots of Muscari armeniacum can be found at several wholesalers. 

Muscari armeniacum at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Plus you'll find these Dyed Rainbow Hydrangeas at Dennis Edwards Flowers. Ideal for an event or party...

Dyed Rainbow Hydrangeas at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

I’d heard that a new ranunculus was soon to hit UK shores. And here it is, the Butterfly Ranunculus! This particular variety is called Theseus and you can find it at Bloomfield. Petalon have included it in one of their weekly bouquets, as you can see here on the right. 

Theseus Butterfly Ranunculus at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

British Foliage

Outside on Foliage Row, there are containers brimming full of single white cherry blossom.

British single white cherry blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And at GB Foliage, you’ll find pink prunus blossom.

British pink prunus blossom at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Different types of homegrown pussy willow can be found at Porters Foliage

British pussy willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

...where they also have willow. Apparently though, if you would like to order it, it’s referred to as orange dogwood!

British willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And there’s twisted willow in abundance too…

British twisted willow at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

World Foliage

How wonderful is this foliage with all its different colour variations at GB Foliage? It’s known as autumn eucalyptus.

Autumn eucalyptus at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

And inside, if your bride-to-be has her heart set on Dusty Miller (Senecio), simply pop by S Robert Allen. The guys there have recently joined Instagram, so do follow them there for up-to-date news on their flower and foliage availability. You’ll find them here.

Dusty Miller Senecio at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

World Plants

Helleborus Lividus plants are available at Evergreen. And just in case you missed my report all about Hellebores last month, here’s a link if you’d like to take a read. It features not only plants but also cut flowers. 

Helleborus Lividus at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

I adore these Primula ‘Glorious Laced Gold’ plants at Evergreen, with their chocolate brown, yellow-centred flowers and gold laced edges to their petals.

Primula Glorious Laced Gold at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Staying with the same plant family, they also have Primula obconica plants.

Primula obconica at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

But if you’re looking for houseplants with a real splash of vibrant pink, how about these Tillandsia Andreas at Quality Plants?

Tillsandsia Andreas at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

Sundries

The Flower Store, which is part of Bloomfield, always have a great selection of pots. Do check them out if you’re thinking of offering potted plants or bulbs as an alternative gift idea to bouquets for Mother’s Day. They have verdigris terracotta pots

Verdigris terracotta pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

glazed ceramic pots in dusky pink and various shades of grey…

Glazed ceramic pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 2017

…plus bark effect cement pots.

Bark effect cement pots at New Covent Garden Flower Market March 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. We’re holding special preview days if you’d like to visit the brand new Flower Market, before it opens on April 3rd. They are on Thursday 16th March, 4:30am-10:30am and Sunday 19th March, 10am-2pm. Click here if you'd like to find out more details.  

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Thank you for highlighting

Thank you for highlighting the most striking flowers available and who stocks them.
Truly helpful as I usually tend to go to the same friendly stalls..
I will be most grateful to join your 16 March tour , shall we meet at the main entrance door , opposite the cash and carry, BMW, ..
Many thanks, Sabinesflowers.co.uk

Hi Sabine Thank you for your

Hi Sabine
Thank you for your lovely comment, glad you find it helpful to see the huge variety of flowers available at the market.
On 16 March we won't be running formal tours of the new Flower Market. You can just drop in and have a good nose around and ask us any questions. No need to book, just turn up. Some of our wholesalers will be there to welcome you to their new home.
If you'd rather have a guided tour of the new market, you can sign up for one on our website here: http://brand.newcoventgardenmarket.com/flower-market
Hope this helps, do let me know if you have any other questions.

Just seen that I missed your

Just seen that I missed your tour and not being a trader I most likely would not have been allowed to attend.
I volunteered making small arrangements for 8 tables, Monday 3.April lunchtime and somebody suggested to go to your market.Will I have to buy in big quantities and because of the move would it be best to come on the previous Friday?

I love your galleries of whats in season. Is there a plan of where to find the traders who stock them.

I very much appreciate your reply.
Many thanks

Hi Brigitte We're a wholesale

Hi Brigitte

We're a wholesale market, so you'll need to buy your flowers by the box or bunch (however they're displayed) for making your arrangements. If you’re looking to buy the flowers for arrangements for Monday 3rd April, then I would recommend coming in on the Friday. Some of our wholesalers may be open on Saturday 1st April, but they will be preparing for our move so it would be best to come on the Friday if possible.

I’ve sent you an email with a plan of the market to help you find the wholesalers stocking what you're looking for.

Best wishes
Claire