I am an Idaho girl, born and raised. Snow-peaked mountain ranges and wildflowers are what I see when I close my eyes and think of the word “home.” But when I married a Georgia man, I had to accept the possibility that I may leave home some day.
Now, I’m raising a family in Tennessee–a wonderful place, but I still yearn for my Idaho home and family there. This spring, I had a brilliant idea to help curb some of the homesickness and help my kids remember Idaho and their grandparents and cousins there. We are making a memory planter!
The hot new trend in front porch flower arrangements this spring is combining unexpected combinations.
Hot New Trend Alert!
Florists and DIYers everywhere have started combining very unexpected plants and flowers in the same arrangement or planter. Think basil plants, peonies, and a cabbage plant. And, according to the 2016 trend forecast at FlowerTrendsForecast.com, Sorbet is what’s hot right now!
A Family DIY Project
Kids love to be involved and get their hands dirty, so why not let this be a family DIY project? It all started at the nursery where we scanned lots of foliage for the perfect combinations. We had so much fun recalling memories of our previous Idaho visits, like going to a cabin in the mountains with all of our cousins, picking bright red apples in the orchard, and sitting in grandma’s kitchen, smashing fresh strawberries for homemade jam.
After seeing our booty, I had a vision of the most lovely planter and a huge smile on my face from all the memories they imbibed. Plus, the array of colors was breathtaking–beautiful pastels mixed with bold and bright violets and greens, reminding me of the colorful Curate snack bars we had waiting at home.
So before digging into some dirt, we paused for a little energizing pick-me-up and snacked on Curate bars. Noah chose the Indulgent bar because he’s all about the dark chocolate with the perfect nutty bite. Chloe picked the Sweet & Tart, totally mirroring her personality; it has a chewy blend of berries, almonds, and quinoa–a little sweet and a little tart. Sophie loves chocolate too, and adores the Irresistible Dark Chocolate bar with little dark chocolate chunks, blended beautifully with pistachios and real strawberry bits. Me, I had to go for the Salted Decadence bar with big dark chocolate morsels, Marcona almonds, and just a touch of California sea salt. Yum!
- Hen and Chicks (succulents)– to remind me of the Idaho dessert.
- Mexican grass— makes us remember fishing on the banks of the river.
- Potato leaves–because Idaho wouldn’t be Idaho without fields and fields of green potato plants.
- Trailing Jenny– the kids thought this looked a lot like the vines growing on Grandma and Grandpa’s trellis.
- Purple and white Alyssum— just like in Grandpa’s flower garden.
- Strawberry plants— reminding me of the handfuls of strawberries my little boy used to bring me from our backyard garden.
Other Unexpected Combinations You Could Try:
Let Curate snacks inspire you! Experiment with all kinds of unexpected texture and color combinations when putting together your front porch planter. Use memories of special people or places to further inspire you!
- Thyme, bluebells, lavender, and aloe.
- Cacti, tulips, Butterfly weed, and dwarf Meyer lemon
- Dog tooth’s violet, pansies, dwarf fountain grass
- Pink pampas grass, wild flowers, and salad greens
The possibilities are as endless as your memories and your creativity!
Head to a retailer near you and pick up an assortment of Curate snack bars, then head to your local nursery and let the unexpected flavors, unique textures, and colorful packaging of Curate Snacks inspire your own front porch memory planter!
*We are part of the Curate Collective in 2016! We will be sharing recipes, DIY projects, and tips inspired by Curate bars all year.