Perfect for a Mother's Day design on Sunday 22nd March, tulips can be found in a wide range of different varieties and hues at many of our wholesalers' stands. You'll be absolutely spoilt for choice!
Boxes of homegrown Snowflakes are available this month at Pratley. With the botanical name of Leucojum aestivum, they may be from the same family as Snowdrops, the Amaryllis family, but there's one easy way to tell the difference. Snowflakes have little green dots around the tips of their six bell-shaped flower petals, whereas Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) have dots on only three of their petals.
Also at Pratley, you'll find 'Narcissus Heaven'! It's peak season for this popular seasonal flower, so not only are Outdoor Daffodils available but a wide range of Narcissi varieties too. Oh...and the scent is incredible!
International Women's Day is taking place this month on Sunday 8th March. The day is celebrated by the giving of Mimosa blossom, a tradition which is believed to have started in Rome after World War II. Since then Mimosa has become the floral symbol for International Women's Day, which is celebrated every year throughout the world. You'll find Mimosa at several wholesalers, including Porters Foliage.
With large peony-like blooms in colours ranging from buttery yellow and orange to coral and red are this stunning Gudoshnik Double Tulips at A Goodchild (The Floral Garden Group).
And staying with warm hues are these wonderful Fritillaria imperialis Orange Sweet, which are available at Bloomfield. From the lily family, Liliaceae, they're such a statement flower with their impressive orange blooms!
Viewing customers' selections of flowers is always so inspiring. And Bloomfield, where this photo was taken, often share images of their client's combinations on their Instagram account.
If you're on the look-out for highly scented flowers in ivory white/cream for wedding flower designs, this Polianthes tuberosa from Iran would be ideal.
This delicate flower, Delphinium Energy Pink, with petals tinged with pink would also be a perfect filler flower for a spring wedding.
Pampas grass is really going down a storm at Nine Elms at the moment. And the always dapperly dressed Edwin at Dennis Edwards Flowers will be delighted to assist you if you need any advice.
Also known as Snake's Head Fritillary, Fritillaria meleagris with its chequered burgundy and white petals is currently available. If you'd like to read more about this particular family of spring flowers, here's a special Fritillaries Report.
If you're on the search for a pink flower, how pretty is this variety of Hellebore called Helleborus Aarendelle Mara?
Alternatively, you may prefer this long-lasting Cymbidium Orchid Red Kerby Merlot, which is available at Zest Flowers.
Are there any particular flowers which take you back in time? Mimi Eden, which you'll also find at Zest Flowers, are one of the flowers which do that for me. I remember when I started my Saturday job in a local florist and I first came across this pretty spray rose...
Shelves brimming full of English variegated berried ivy can be found this month at GB Foliage.
And it's so lovely to see pretty homegrown pink blossom, which they also have available.
Over at Porter Foliage, you'll find Chaenomeles speciosa, also known as Japanese quince or flowering quince, with its apple blossom shaped coral flowers. It looks wonderful arranged on its own or added to seasonal bouquets.
These spring bedding plants at L Mills may look like Auriculas, but they are in fact Primula Gold Lace and Primula Silver Lace. Apparently, these particular varieties were prized by the Victorians for their attractive, colourful blooms.
If you're looking for some mini plants with a fun element, head to Arnott & Mason, where you'll see these multi-coloured cacti.
Easy to grow, low maintenance Carex plants, with their fountains of gracefully arching variegated foliage, can be found this month at Evergreen Exterior Services. They look fabulous combined with perennials, annuals or grasses in containers.
Pictured on the right below is Begonia masoniana also known as Iron Cross Begonia at Quality Plants. Each heavily textured bright green leaf is marked in the centre with a dark brown cross. Apparently the plant is named after the German Iron Cross, which it resembles.
Quality also have these spectacular, easy to grow trailing Philodendron scandens plants, measuring several feet long, if you're looking for hanging plants with a 'Wow' factor!
Perfect as Mother's Day gifts are these ready planted Narcissi and Muscari bulbs at A Goodchild (The Floral Garden Group).
If you'd like some new wicker baskets and pots, make a beeline for Lavenders of Covent Garden. They have such an extensive selection in virtually every size and shape imaginable.
And whilst you're there check out their fabulous assortment of ceramic vases, many with an on-trend botanical vibe.
So, I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of the In Season report and it’s given you lots of inspiration! As always, it features just some of the many floral, foliage, plant and sundry highlights at the market this month.
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P.S. Just in case you missed it, here's a link to A Florist's Guide to the Language of Flowers.