Inspired by nature | fresh billabong colour palette

In a recent interview with photographer, Nichole Taylor, I describe how each week we choose a different colour palette for our gift wraps and vases offered in our online store. You can read more about this in Nicholes vendor feature here. In this post I go into more detail about the inspiration behind this weeks floral selection and what goes into creating our gift wrap and vase designs.

Beija Flor, store retail flower selection, fresh monsoon colour palette.

This means that our floral selection is constantly changing with the seasons. We don’t offer any fixed menu of arrangements and our only brief is that we choose a selection we would love to have in our own home. 

This weeks floral selection is inspired by sunrise over the wet season billabong. It’s crisp and fresh, with a colour palette of limes, zesty yellows, and raspberry pinks. 

Flowering lotus at Yellow Waters, Kakadu National Park

In season now are lush green pineapple lilies and sedum, which reminds us of fresh broccoli, later in the season this will change pink and then red and inspire a more muted colour palette. One of our studio favourites is the lotus pod, these are paired with zesty yellow dancing lady orchids, hot pink, Victorian grown ‘popstar’ roses, as well as gladioli, sweet williams and lisianthus with their fresh green tips. 

Maria Okwa on the Yellow Waters Cruise at Kakadu national park, Northern Territory, Australia

Our boxing day treat this year was a Kakadu Air, scenic flight over the waterfalls and billabongs of Kakadu national park. Landing in Jabiru and taking the Yellow Waters Cruise over the billabong. We ate the seeds of the fresh lotus pods, which taste like a cross between almonds and fresh peas. The stalks of the lotus flower are also edible, think of crunchy celery sticks. The cross section of the stalks has an interesting hollow pattern and the locals have long since used these as snorkels. We love how the stems have natural twists and bends in them, they truly have an other worldly appearance.

photo by:  Nichole Taylor

photo by: Nichole Taylor