Using fresh foliage {New Covent Garden Market]

Before Christmas I got up at the crack of sparrows and headed off to New Covent Garden Market when it was still very much the night before.  If you’ve never been its worth the trip and getting up well before dawn. The place was buzzing as florists were in full Christmas swing. My agenda was to make my house smell nice, to buy some pine wreaths and get some floristry supplies. Two hours later after a cuppa and a bacon buttie I was laden down and ready to head home.

I wouldn’t call myself a florist in fact I do not have any particular skill in that department but it is so easy to have a go – and with good results.  In the run up to Christmas I had visitors coming so wanted my house to smell nice and wintry.  This is so easily achieved with fresh pine (branches, wreaths, trees) and also with eucalyptus (a personal fave). I bought armfuls of eucalyptus to have in practically every room.

I made the pine wreaths up for doors and tables and they lasted all the way through to New Year. The Hydrangea’s though just couldn’t be left behind – didn’t necessarily need them but they looked so wonderful. They are one of my favourite flowers particularly in the dusty purple, plum and red colour ways.

When it comes to plants in the home though, I’m personally not a big fan. I’ve seen it work well but for me, it’s best done by others.  But there were some wonderful examples at NCGM. Equally if you are more dextrous at flower arranging than I am there was an abundance of choice from the simple to the very exotic. I’m an advocate of the single “type” arrangement (just tulips being a fav) – mostly as its impossible to make it look rubbish.

If you are interested in learning more about flower arranging have a look at Jane Packer and McQueens



  1. January 10, 2012 / 9:12 am

    It is a wish of mine to visit Covent Garden flower market, one day Mary. I had masses of eucalyptus in the house at Christmas but I tend to buy it all year too.

    Another lovely post from a lovely lady.

    Jane x

  2. January 10, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Hi Mary

    What a lovely blog post. Thank you for sharing your trip to New Covent Garden Flower Market.

    Those hydrangeas are stunning!

    Best wishes


  3. January 10, 2012 / 7:26 pm

    Beautiful combination – two of my favs. as well, hydrangeas AND eucalyptus.

  4. January 10, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Now that is what I call a proper flower loot! Bloomin' beautiful (sorry!) 😉

  5. January 10, 2012 / 9:16 pm

    I LOVE Covent Garden flower market. Isn't it just the best? I must admit I haven't been in a while, not the greatest fan of getting up in the middle of the night. These days you'll find me at Columbia Road flower market… friendlier times! Love your pics.Bet your house looked and smelled swell!!

  6. January 11, 2012 / 7:53 am

    I can't tell you how much fun I had. The house was crammed with eucalyptus and the hydrangeas I've now dried and they are in my fireplace still. I think next trip will be peonies and tulips…. oh and more eucalyptus!

  7. January 12, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    I love that photo of you with all the swag! Good tip about the eucalyptus, I think I'll try that x


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