Design tip with Cathie Cates.
Gardens are full of blooming summertime plants and flowers and Cathie Cates, floral design expert and owner of The Natural Nook in Seaside encourages us to get creative as we use fresh flowers in our summer home décor. Don't just pull out that old vase from the back of the closet and drop in some flowers. Think outside the vase! Have a partial set of Grandma's wine glasses? Drop in colored glass bits, float flowers in water and create a small arrangement of the glasses. Try unusual containers like small birdbaths and decorative bowls and experiment with flowers you don't usually think of as a cut flower. Azaleas float, as do rhodies, clematis and viburnum flowers. Top off your unique floral arrangement with foliage from your yard, such as willow branches, ivy and salal, to add depth and interest to your arrangement.
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