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Columbia Road Flower Market, 19 December 2021

In 2020 tough covid restrictions announced the previous day prevented the Columbia Road Flower Market, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, from opening on the Sunday before Christmas.  On the equivalent Sunday – 19 December 2021 – the Market was open, although there were stalls on only one side of the street.

A greater range of flowers and plants seemed to be available than in other years, but winterberry (Ilex verticillata), pussy willow (Salix sp.) and particularly Eucalyptus, remained popular.  There was a small amount of holly (Ilex aquifolium), some mistletoe (Viscum album), and ‘thistle’ (Eyngium sp.) which seemed to be becoming more popular.  Non-Christmas flowers which were readilly available included roses (Rosa cvs.), chrysanthemums, peonies (Paeonia cvs.), and double-flowered forms of lisianthus (Eustoma cvs.), which one stall had labelled as ‘Japanese rose’.

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