Each month bloggers, Igor and Judith come up with a new challenge for the #urbanjunglebloggers to talk about their plants in a creative way. I love joining in as it challenges me to come up with new perspectives and ways of capturing the beauty of plants. I have to admit that I struggled a little with this month's task as the challenge is to make your plant 'pop' by placing it on a coloured background, and I thought that my favourite, white would be kind of cheating. So it's all about using what you've got, right?
I'd already chosen my subject, my beloved Senecio rowleyanus, commonly known as string-of-pearls or string of beads. (Incidentally the plant was named after a British botanist Gordon Douglas Rowely who specialised in succulents - I thought this was interesting as I see lots of them in America and less so in this country).
I'd found a new way to display my friend in this great macramé hanger that I did following Alison Sadler's brilliant tutorial . It was really much easier than I thought it was going to be, so am desperate to make a few more of these to go with my planters /pots which are for sale.
And I'd already made a forever home out of porcelain so I just needed a 'popping' background. In the end I went for the muted shades of my wooden clad workshop to give the plant a very natural feel.
But, if I'm honest, I quite like it against good ol' off white, which I also featured in my last blog about my plant gang.
I'm a bit worried about my little plant. There are some small white patches on some of the pearls (maybe I'm overwatering), but I do have lots of new growth so I must be doing something right.
Below are the cute care instructions which came with the plant from Grace and Thorn which made me chuckle so thought I'd share them with you here...
So, thanks again Judith and Igor for helping me come up with a creative solution to display my plants. And now I'm making some other plant hangers due out of the kiln later today, ready for a local market at the weekend.
If you fancy getting involved with this supportive, friendly and fun green community then hop over to urbanjunglebloggers.com to join in.
Have a great summer everyone and look forward to having a nose at this month's colourful gallery.
Hi! I'm a ceramicist, based in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Combining beauty and function my porcelain vessels are everyday objects you'll want to treasure. My work is slip-cast and wheel-thrown.