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Gorgeous Gourds

Round, twisted, bumpy, or smooth, squash bring the season's beauty and whimsy indoors or out.

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Speckled swan gourds as vases
Steven Randazzo
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Curvaceous Containers

Turn narrow-necked Speckled Swan gourds into vases. These lilies mimic the gourd's graceful shape.

Here's how: Saw the gourd's tip off with small craft saw. Use a knife to scrape out the seeds and membrane at the top of the gourd. Pour water in and arrange a few flowers.

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