Life in Colour

To find out more about this year’s photo challenge here on Travel Words, please read this post.

This month we will be looking for orange. One of the most vibrant colours, orange is zingy and fresh. It’s a warm colour, friendly and inviting. Soft at dawn, but louder at sunset. From the palest of peaches and apricots through to copper, rust, salmon-pink and terracotta, the range of orange shades in the natural world is phenomenal.

Pots in the potting shed

I am a huge fan of terracotta (Italian: “baked earth”) pots, although they don’t always survive a harsh winter or a slight tumble. The colour of terracotta can vary from a hue that ranges through reds, oranges, yellows, and even pinks due to how the iron content in terracotta’s clay body reacts with oxygen.

I’d love to have one of these large Italian urns for my garden.


And if you look up at some of the older properties you might spy a terracotta chimney pot or two.

Chimney Pots
Chimney Pots
Can you find any Terracotta?

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

49 thoughts on “Life in Colour”

  1. Lots of terracotta shades around here and they do suit gardens so well. Love the old pots – full of mellow character!

  2. I have a terracotta Chiminea, but no photos of it! I like the ‘turned-down chimney pots, never seen any like those before.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  3. Terracotta pots have that natural, laid back feeling, I have some little ones I’ve been wanting to make into a scarecrow. For my entry I have some orange artificial mums that my kids and I used as fall leaves in our Halloween globe 🍂

  4. Clay/terracotta pots are definitely the best. I made the mistake last year of picking up some “self-watering” pots and almost killed some of my longest living indoor plants. 😦

        1. Oh yes! I have just spent all afternoon potting up spring bulbs and my back aches now. I have to limit the amount of bulbs I buy next year. Restrain myself to the small ones!

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