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Columbia Road Flower Market, December 2017

Visited Columbia Road Flower Market, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, on Sunday 10 December 2017, a snowy, slushy afternoon.

Many Christmas trees on sale, also lots of ilex (Ilex verticillata), some mistletoe (Viscum album) and various wreaths, presumably for hanging on front doors.  A couple of stalls had holly (Ilex aquifolium), but this looked as though it had been gathered some time ago, was already past its prime, and was in bundles on the ground, rather than actually displayed on the stalls.  It was there if anyone wanted it, but it was very much a side-line.  Few stalls offered poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima), far more sold cyclamens (Cyclamen cvs).    There seemed to be less cotton (Gossypium sp.) and pussy willow (Salix sp.) than in recent years, but about the same amount of eucalyptus (Eucalyptus sp.).

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