where || colombia road flower market, london
Any colour. You won't be short of choice at Colombia Road Flower Market so I would suggest thinking long and hard about this [ha]. Seriously though: How Do You Pick? I really like going down to one of London's most famous flower markets, it makes for a very cheery Sunday. Emilia hadn't been before so was in for a treat - even though I've been many times now, her excitement still got me too.
I'm by far not an expert in surviving markets but if I had three tips for all of you for this market, they would be:
RESIST || browse it all before you buy - it's tempting I know, but trust me you need to prioritise or you might regret it. Your purse won't thank you either. Look at the whole offering and at the end pick 2-3 favourites you'd like to pick up, then go go go go go. Attack!
TIMING || go early or go late - useful advice I've been given in the past and I totally agree as these are the times you are most likely to get the best deals. The middle bit is just a bit meh.
FOCUS || listen out and be quick - if you do the above, you will need to keep your wits about you because the market will be packed. Listen out for sellers shouting deals, remember deals [so you can compare], and act quickly if that deal is on your target flowers [I've lost some deals by being too slow before].
I find it so hard to walk away from Colombia Road Flower Market without thinking I wish I also had that, that and that. Ultimately, if I could fill a house with flowers I probably would, but that's just not practical, is it now? So here's to hoping that one day I can build a tropical garden filled with a rainbow collection of flowers and plants that I can call my own flower market. One day [cross fingers]. Until then, I'm just going to keep enjoying going back to this market as it always adds a smile and some cheer to my weekends. With so many colours, lovely smells and a good deal to be had - it will always have my heart [sorry purse].
Here are our lovely bunches - Emilia and I got some excellent deals. We also ended up [unintentionally] colour-coordinating our flowers, we had all shades of pinks and purples. Lovely. We already can't wait to go back.
what we bought || white and pink lilies, white and pink [light & dark] peonies, purple hyacinths & pastel purple tulips
Now, it's your turn - go, [let me know what you thought and if you have any flower arranging tips] and enjoy!