Columbia Road Market 2
Last week, as if somebody had flicked a switch on the day after the bank holiday, the weather changed. Suddenly autumn is in the air, the nights are cooler and I put the quilt on my bed for the first time. The end of summer brings Cyclamen into the market and today I bought six for a fiver. My preference is for tiny white ones close to the wild species (they also come in red and a range of luscious pinks), and I look out for varieties with elegant spidery patterned leaves like these. Always a great bargain, if you deadhead them conscientiously they will flower through until Easter. I planted them to lighten the shade under the Magnolia Stellata just as I did last year, and I hope if I keep doing this they will naturalise in my garden.