Columbia Road Market 49
This surreal conical-shaped flower emerging into the sunlight from the deep shadow of a late Summer’s afternoon is Hydrangea, Peniculata Limelight that I bought at Columbia Rd for just four pounds. My garden is too tiny for most hydrangeas but this small variety suits it well, and is especially welcome at this season when the yard is bereft of other flowers. The saving grace has been this rambling rose, Aimée Vibert, a pale noisette cultivated in 1828, that I planted two years ago and which, although it has already climbed to the window of my first floor drawing-room, has only just flowered for the very first time this week – offering just three sprays of fragrant double blooms up to the glass as if seeking approval. I love the form of these sprays, giving forth a cascade of roses all at once and I am especially delighted that it should come into bloom now at the end of August when most other roses are over. Henceforward I shall be able to anticipate the flowering of Aimée Vibert each year, as the last rose of Summer in Spitalfields.