we like it wild: inspired by earthy spring

This week’s color and texture palette was inspired by a photo-walk around our neighborhood. We strolled around noticing crinkled leaf buds, new flowers popping out and the remnants of winter (bare sticks and nests of briars) before they are covered with new growth. We took lots of images without having any particular theme in mind but quickly saw a pattern when we sat down at the computer to look at our shots. The typical pastel colors that pop up a bit later in the season were far from our minds as an earthier palette of deep reds, rust, yellowy green and cream emerged. We decided to create an arrangement inspired by this magically fleeting time of year that happens just before the vegetation gets too thick and bright colors fully develop. — Studio Choo

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Our inspiration photos include bright moss sprouted from wet brick, a delicate pricker vine, fallen camellia blossoms that have turned a beautiful rusty color, tiny emerging leaves, early blooming banksia rose and a rose bush with a fresh batch of red leaf shoots.

Our arrangement is made with a mixture of market flowers and backyard clippings. We wanted to showcase our earthy palette combined with the look of densely layered growth, delicate petals and unfurling vines and branches.

  • plum leaves (before they develop their signature dark color, they are a beautiful rusty red)
  • green and red ranunculus
  • poppies
  • purple hellebore
  • blackberry
  • echinacea pods
  • lichen-covered twigs
  • yellow hyacinth


It gives me great hope that somewhere in this world there is life! We’re getting dumped on right now, and this is a breath of freshness for my day. Thanks!!


I will have to wait a few weeks, because western PA is still firmly in the throes of winter. This, however, is going to be my “end of March” project!

Amanda @ Dear Frances

Thanks so much for this – as I sit in my downtown office in Buffalo watching the blizzard outside, this is a welcome distraction. What a find with that lichen!

maison marigold

This is just too beautiful…the colors are out of this world…for early/pre spring the colors are surprisingly almost autumnal…I’m going to be looking at these images again and again..thanks for sharing, Grace..xx meenal


I’m reading this while awaiting the approaching big storm (yes, it happens even in Southern California!). These colors and arrangements pop even more when all around me is gray, gray, gray. Gorgeous!!


I love this idea of the twilight before the spring. I’ve never seen it captured like that.


Beautiful beautiful photos! My favorite is the rusty camellia blooms. Nature rewards us with so many wonderful colors, thank you for this reminder and inspiration.


Oooh blackberries are my favourite thing! As are all Studio Choo’s arrangements. Is there any chance of higher resolution or larger images, for gorgeous desktop backgrounds while we work?


I’m looking at all the beautiful flowers and the colors are awesome. I went to pick out flowers today to plant in a flower bed on the side of my porch.

Andrea of ffft

Oooooh, this is stunning! I absolutely am filing this one away for when the snow clears… and I love the idea of blackberries… I use them when they are “budding” but the red/black ones are gorgeous! And so easy to grow LOL… also helllebores are a favourite, as are rannunculus and I didn’t know there were green/red types that dark. You have opened up a new world for me, thank you!


What a wonderful idea! Way to pay attention to the small beautiful details people miss about early spring. I watch every new leaf and bud with anticipation, it is great to see the small steps celebrated in this arrangement. Love it!


I loved this arrangement so much when I saw it that it’s now become the inspiration for my wedding flowers. Thanks so much!