Flowers

A florist's guide to British flowers

Written by Rona Wheeldon
June 10, 2019

Feast your eyes on all the incredibly beautiful British flowers in abundance this month at New Covent Garden Flower Market!

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Alliums At Pratley Hero Image

We're thrilled this week to be holding our seventh British Flowers Week campaign from June 10th-16th! This annual celebration unifies florists, flower growers, wholesalers and flower lovers, encouraging them all to put Britain’s best blooms on display across the UK and show support for the country’s floral industry.

For this year's campaign, we're delighted to work with our media partner Gardens Illustrated magazine. Five of Britain’s top florists will be creating innovative installations using British flowers at the Garden Museum in London. And they'll be on display from June 11th-16th.

The theme is ‘Memories’ and the florists, Graeme Corbett from Bloom + Burn, Terri Chandler and Katie Smyth from Worm, Carly Rogers from Carly Rogers Flowers, Ruth Davis from All for Love London and Rowan Lewis of Rowan Blossom, will showcase their floral creations based upon their personal memories.

Background

The profile of the British cut flower sector has changed markedly over the last fifty years or so. Originally, domestic cut flower production occupied the majority of the market. But imports from Holland, Kenya and Colombia have steadily increased to dominate. What we've been seeing over the last several years however is a wonderful resurgence in interest in homegrown blooms!

Currently at New Covent Garden Flower Market, the main two suppliers of British flowers are Pratley and Zest Flowers. Pratley, below, have a whole stand purely dedicated to homegrown blooms, many of which continue to be available in traditional cardboard boxes, as opposed to buckets.

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Boxes Of British Flowers At Pratley

Meanwhile, Zest Flowers have a dedicated British flowers area on their stand, where you'll find a wide selection available over the summer months.

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Flowers Display At Zest Flowers

You'll also find British flowers availability on a smaller scale at several of our other traders. Scroll down to see examples of just some of wonderful homegrown blooms available at Nine Elms this month.

Types

Brodiaea

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Brodiaea At Pratley

Nigella

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Nigella At Zest Flowers

Alliums | For more information, read our useful British Alliums Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Alliums At Zest Flowers

Phacelia

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Phacelia At Zest Flowers

Catmint

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Catmint At Zest Flowers

Lavender

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Lavender At Zest Flowers

Stocks | For more information, read our useful British Stocks Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Stocks At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Orlaya grandiflora | For more information, read our useful British Orlaya grandiflora Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Orlaya Grandiflora At Zest Flowers

Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Bladder Campion Aka Silene Vulgaris At Zest Flowers

White Peonies | For more information, read our useful British Peonies Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British White Peonies At Pratley

Lisianthus | For more information, read our useful British Lisianthus Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Lisianthus At Pratley

Pinks | For more information, read our useful British Pinks Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Pinks At Pratley

Sarah Bernhardt Peonies | For more information, read our useful British Peonies Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Sarah Bernhardt Peonies At Pratley

Monsieur Jules Elie Peonies | For more information, read our useful British Peonies Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Monsieur Jules Elie Peonies At Pratley

Sweet Peas | For more information, read our useful British Sweet Peas Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Sweet Peas At Pratley

Asiatic Lilies

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Asiatic Lilies At Pratley

Sweet Williams | For more information, read our useful British Sweet Williams Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Sweet Williams At Pratley

Echium russicum

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Echium Russicum At Zest Flowers

Heuchera

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Heuchera At Zest Flowers

Astrantia | For more information, read our useful British Astrantia Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Astrantia At Zest Flowers

Alstroemeria | For more information, read our useful British Alstroemeria Fact File

New Covent Garden Flower Market June 2019 A Florists Guide To British Flowers Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Alstoemeria At Bloomfield

Design Inspiration

The trend for seasonal, 'just-picked-from-the garden' designs is gaining momentum. And British flowers are the perfect ingredient for floral creations of this nature. Here are some examples of gorgeous arrangements featuring homegrown blooms from previous British Flowers Weeks...

Jennifer Pinder

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We'd love to see photos of arrangements that you've made using British Flowers from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @marketflowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. 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. There's an evening celebrating British Flowers Week and the launch of Blooms: Contemporary Floral Design book tomorrow (Tuesday, 11th June) at the Garden Museum. If you'd like to come along and have not only have a private view of the five floral installations, but also listen to a panel discussing the exciting new directions in which the floral industry is heading, simply head to the Garden Museum website if you'd like to purchase tickets.

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