Urban Jungle Bloggers: Plant colour pop

For this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers, Judith and Igor have asked us to choose our favourite plant (just one!) and take a picture of it in front of a colourful background to make it ‘pop’. The hope is to create a vibrant, colourful gallery of shots, ready for a long, hot summer – it’s so hot today! – and then UJB will be back in full swing in September.

The only problem with this month’s theme is that I’m not really in to bright colours. Instead, I have chosen a brightish blue, which goes really well with the pink and green of my current favourite plant who usually lives on my balcony. Can someone please tell me what this plant is called?! I love the pink spears and it is the one I find myself staring at when out on the balcony.

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I painted the backdrop, that I made from our old puppy guard, in Farrow and Ball’s Lulworth Blue.

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A couple of weeks ago we took down the puppy guard that we built when we first got Otto to stop him slipping through the gap under the glass on our balcony. Now that he is almost 40kg there is no chance of that happening so I made this photo backdrop from the wood that we used for the guard. I can paint it any colour I like according to what I am photographing. I also bought an enormous wooden bread board from Ardingly antiques fair yesterday, which is what the plant is sitting on. More pics of our haul from yesterday to come this weekend.

Pop over to Happy Interior Blog and Joelix to see Igor’s and Judith’s creative take on the theme. Hope they both have a wondrous summer!

Katy x





  1. Igor 25th June 2015 / 9:39 am

    What a beautiful and gentle interpretation of the #plantcolorpop theme! Thank you very much Katy for joining us again!

    • Katy 25th June 2015 / 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Igor! Happy summer x

  2. Corinna 25th June 2015 / 11:24 am

    This plant is called VERONIKA, belongs to the Plantaginaceae family with aprox. 1100 different species, from soft pink, white, purple, lilac and bue shades

    • Katy 25th June 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Amazing! Thank you so much. I can hunt down some more now – like the sound of the other colours x

  3. Jennifer Smith 25th June 2015 / 2:49 pm

    The contrast of colour from the lulworth blue backing to the natural pink and green of the plant definitely makes the plant “pop”.

    • Katy 25th June 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Thanks, Jennifer. It’s a good colour combo, isn’t it? X

  4. Yvonne 25th June 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Beautiful. I have to say, I actually prefer softer colours too 😉

    • Katy 25th June 2015 / 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Yvonne. The pink you’ve used is brilliant! Welcome to UJB X

  5. Jeska 26th June 2015 / 10:58 am

    Utter gorgeousness Katy! xxx

    • Katy 28th June 2015 / 7:06 am

      Thank you, lovely x

  6. Pepper 26th June 2015 / 8:28 pm

    so beautiful! I love the plant and the background! And the pot and – everything about it!

    • Katy 28th June 2015 / 7:07 am

      Thank you! That’s so kind of you x

    • Katy 28th June 2015 / 7:05 am

      Thank you! Xx

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