May 2016: Planty Table Setting

Urban Jungle Bloggers in May: Planty Table Setting

It’s spring and finally green is surrounding us, not only in our homes but outside too. With the burgeoning trees and blossoming flowers, with some extra sunshine and milder (and changing!) temperatures it is time to invite some friends over for breakfast, brunch or even a picnic. Or simply enjoy your set table with your family, partner, or just all for yourself – or better yet: with some of your green roomies!

In May we want to show you how to use plants for a table setting. Besides some nice food and drinks we are serving plants for breakfast, brunch, dinner, picnic and lunch. Click on the images to check out all the different table settings:

 

Houseplants of the Month May: Tropical Beauties

Tropical Beauties by Urban Jungle Bloggers

The days are getting sunnier, the air is rich in scents and the colours are bursting – it is like a little prelude to the forthcoming vibrancy of summer. But we plant lovers are already inviting summer into our homes with the “Houseplants of the Month” in Maytropical beauties with lush flowers, juicy colours and impressive foliage. Let us introduce you to this month’s stars the magnificent Medinilla, the glorious Gloriosa and the unusual Anigozanthos.

Tropical Beauties by Urban Jungle Bloggers

These tropical houseplants offer a real taste of summer in your home. Their exotic shapes are only topped by the remarkable and fascinating colours of their blooms ranging from soft pinks to fiery reds and oranges framed by impressive leaves: from dark green and rippled to corkscrew curls and pointy lances. And if you take good care of them, they will bloom until late summer. A perfect ‘Club Tropicana’ feeling at home!

Medinilla by Urban Jungle Bloggers

Magnificent Medinilla

This plant is a real beauty. Elegant, luxurious, almost like a real lady, the Medinilla stands out as a houseplant. Originating from southeast Asia, the Pacific and tropical Africa this plant is a visual highlight in any home: Its rippling leaves, the square stems growing in high arches and bearing large pink bells that open into a majestic cluster of deep pink flowers. The Medinilla is a fantastic accent plant and perfectly staged all alone in a high position. Imagine all the beautiful photo opps with this charming houseplant!

Gloriosa by Urban Jungle Bloggers

Glamorous Gloriosa

This large blooming plant looks glorious with its dark red, bright pink or orange flowers with saffron yellow that seem to float on this climbing beauty from the temperate zones of Africa and West Asia. But not only the flowers are outstanding – the corkscrew curls of the Gloriosa seem to wind and unwind in the search of opportunities to cling to and climb – a real tropical fellow! Gloriosa plants are usually sold with curled up vines, you can easily unwind them and let the it grow along a trellis, or stick the branches to the wall with washitape like we did. The Gloriosa also symbolises fame and honour and it is the national flower of Zimbabwe – thus not only beautiful and wise but also of national importance!

Anigozanthos by Urban Jungle Bloggers

Anigozanthos by Urban Jungle Bloggers

Unusual Anigozanthos

Some people call it simply kangaroo paw because of the unusual shape of its flowers. It also indicates its Australian origin. The botanical name is somewhat more complicated: Anigozanthos is Greek and means oblique or uneven flower. This desert plant grows in long, branched and leafless stems and at the top of the stems aare whimsical cylinders in red, yellow, orange or pink, covered in hair with fan-like flowers made of six petals. Unusual, decorative and exotic, the Anigozanthos is a real statement plant for urban jungles. Sometimes you might find them at the local florist’s who sell them as cut flowers too. But we Urban Jungle Bloggers love them most when they are potted and growing!

Tropical Beauties by Urban Jungle Bloggers

May is a feast for the senses – out in the nature and indoors with our “Houseplants of the Month”. These tropical beauties and desert dwellers will certainly add a dash of exotic feeling of far-away lands and dreamy adventures to any home and they will perfectly mix and match with your existing and thriving bunch of plants. Happy plant styling!

Medinilla by Urban Jungle Bloggers

If you like you can read more about the tropical plants here:
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Houseplant of the Month is an initiative from Mooiwatplantendoen.nl and Bloemenbureau Holland and in collaboration with them we will present you every month a new Houseplant of the Month, right here on Urban Jungle Bloggers.

Botanical Poster Contest by Human Empire

Human Empire botanical poster contest Urban Jungle Bloggers winner: Lisa Tegtmeier
Last month we were invited by the German Human Empire Shop to be the special jury for their annual poster contest which had a perfectly suitable topic for us: Botanical posters. Of course we both have been delighted to go through dozens of creative works with a botanical theme and pick our favorite.

Human Empire botanical poster contest Urban Jungle Bloggers

Human Empire botanical poster contest Urban Jungle Bloggers

However the task proofed to be pretty tough. Going through more than 250 botanical posters ranging from photography over graphic design to paintings and collages was pretty tough. Luckily, there were three botanical posters awarded by the public itself (which cast more than 4,500 votes!!) and the special prize was awarded by us Urban Jungle Bloggers.

Human Empire botanical poster contest Urban Jungle Bloggers

Our winner was the fun and planty work of German graphic designer Lisa Tegtmeier (as seen in the first image). Her sunbathing plant queen resides in the midst of her very own urban jungle taking in not only the light but also the good vibes of her lush plants. It caught our eye and made us smile – so we thought that this is well worth a special award by the Urban Jungle Bloggers! We hope you like her work as much as we do and it makes you smile too. Oh and all winning botanical posters will soon be available for purchase at Human Empire Shop!

Human Empire botanical poster contest Urban Jungle Bloggers

Designs by: 1 Lisa Tegtmeier – 2 Helke Rah – 3 Blue de Gersigny – 4 Maximilian Neumann
5 Sarah Neuendorf – 6 Swantje Hinrichsen – 7 Matthias Geisler – 8 Sebastian Haslauer – 9 Clara De Villiers

Images via Human Empire