tulips color palette

Color Inspiration Thursday {65}

This time of year is when I really start to yearn for green sprouts, new life, and colorful flowers. February, and even March, in Maine is usually pretty dismal. I appreciate the season, though, because this dark, dreary, still chilly and sometimes snowy time gets me really ready to appreciate and jump into spring, even those “warm” 45 degree days. I will soon be pulling out my grow lights and starting pots and getting some veggies started indoors–onions, definitely, perhaps some brussel sprouts or broccoli, or some rosemary. Possibly some cut flowers. I also usually succumb to the urge to buy flowers, and this year is no different. It is amazing what a vase of fresh flowers can do to enliven a home! Today’s color palettes are from photographs of some tulips I bought to help make February a little less grey. Color palettes are made with Play Craft’s Palette Builder 2.1 and my photographs.

tulip color palette Corresponding solids from left to right:
Bella Charcoal, Bella Brick Red, Kona Cocoa, Bella Dove, Bella Betty’s Brown, Kona Palm

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
2468 – Dk Wine
1103 – Burgundy

2345 – Raisin
2375 – Antique Blush
1285 – Med Bark
5023 – Med Green

This palette is darker than I was hoping to find, but it still represents the little peek at the colors to come.

tulips color paletteCorresponding solids from left to right:
Kona Grass Green, Kona Crimson, Bella Blush, Bella Bubblegum, Kona Pale Flesh, Kona Sunflower

Corresponding Aurifil thread from left to right:
5108 – Grass Green
2345 – Raisin

2245 – Red Orange
2420 – Fleshy Pink
2205 – Flesh
2125 – Wheat

Here are the light, springy colors I was hoping to see! I know that in a few short months, our gardens will be bursting with color, with new flowers and plants sprouting and flowering every day. Until then, I might just get a few teasers from the grocery store! Enjoy.

6 thoughts on “Color Inspiration Thursday {65}”

  1. Having been to Maine just a couple weeks ago, I was stunned to see that you had tulips blooming. I mean, NS is usually behind in our seasonal weather, but not that far behind. Thank you for the reminder of blooms to come. I might just pick some up at the grocery store on my next visit!


  2. I just saw this beautiful post and when I looked in my garden there are little green bits poking out their heads from the mulch. Maybe my dependency on the groundhog who said it would be a short winter is prophetic and there won’t be bucket loads of snow in March. I love tulips and I can’t plant them because the deer eat them just when they poke their heads up. So after Christmas, every couple of weeks I buy them – lots of different colours – and they add a splash of colour in the low value colours of late winter.


  3. I just bought some primroses in pots and put them in a basket on my kitchen island. I just adore having color at this end of winter time of year. Oh, and my crocuses are up in the garden and lawn, but the deer regularly vacuum them up! I get to see them for about a day.


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