Each season has its own special delights at the New Covent Garden market in Vauxhall. A trip to the world-famous wholesale market in spring will delight visitors with a tempting array of seasonal favourites with tulips, narcissi and blossoms aplenty. Summer is awash with candy-coloured delphinia and hydrangea, and during the autumn you will find a fiesta of gold, red and orange with rust-coloured hydrangea and rose hips as far as the eyes can see! Christmas at the New Covent Garden market is in a league of its own, and the festivities begin at the end of October so by this time of the year, it is in full swing.
Festive displays at Quality Plants
We were welcomed this morning, in a delightfully festive fashion, to the wonders of Christmastime. The market was bustling with activity, and there were masses of seasonal flowers as far as the eye can see. There were ilex berries in reds, orange and gold and buckets of tulips, anemone and ranunculus, relatively new additions to the season. There were some gorgeous flowers surprises too (a hallmark for every visit to the market) when we spotted peony this morning, a startling sight to behold in late November! There are more Christmas trees per square foot than you can imagine is possible right now, and a Christmas market visit would not be complete without the appearance of the ubiquitous poinsettia, a perennial favourite of the season.
The most stunning hellebores at Bloomfield
A lap or two around this magnificent floral hub reveals gorgeous flower curiosities alongside wreaths, garlands, and sparkle in every colour imaginable. We spoke to Graeme Diplock, from Zest Flowers, one of our favourite wholesalers in the market, to find out what’s going down for 2016.
‘Christmas seems to get busier each year,’ explains Graeme, ‘and this year is no different. I work with many florists who create corporate installations in and around London, and those begin at the start of November, so we are kept busy right up until Christmas Eve supplying florists. In addition to flowers, wreaths and Christmas tree, we open extra units to sell a massive range of seasonal sundries, and plenty of Christmas bling! Our faux diamond-encrusted polar bear has sold out in record time this year, and it’s great to see that Christmas at the market is about fun as well as beautiful flowers.’
Peony, as startling sight to behold in November!
The lovely Mr Barry Johnson
Sold out! Faux diamond-encrusted polar bear
Love this rose variety called ‘golden mustard’
Masses of ilex berries everywhere!