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Columbia Road Market 47

August 8, 2010
by the gentle author

Visiting Roy Emmins in his rooftop sculpture garden again this week in Whitechapel, I was inspired by his different varieties of Artemisia that thrive in these dry conditions, so this morning early I made my way through the deserted streets under an occluded pale sky to the market in search of some for myself. The market was peaceful before eight and I found two Artemisia at Lyndon’s stall, Powis Castle (left) which has fine silvery grey foliage and sweet peppery scent when crushed and Oriental Limelight (right) with exciting jagged variegated leaves. There was also this Pelargonium, Lady Plymouth (centre) with deeply veined scented leaves bordered in pale yellow, and I bought all three plants for a fiver. Such arcane poetry in these names. I trust those of you that love flowers will indulge this enthusiasm of mine for dramatically contrasted foliage, because, as you can see, I also found these wonderfully veined wine-red roses that will sit upon my desk to delight my eyes whilst writing next week’s stories for you.

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  1. August 8, 2010

    Artemisia…I will have to remember that name. Its sound is a lovely as its appearance. The wide variety of beautiful, healthy plants and the very reasonable prices at that Columbia Road Market would certainly encourage my becoming a regular visitor.

    Those splendid roses will surely inspire!

    Best wishes

  2. Kay permalink
    August 8, 2010

    I love your Sunday posts…thank you!

  3. Anne permalink
    August 8, 2010

    Just gorgeous.

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