My latest obsession is the cloche, or bell jar. How is it that I’ve overlooked these simple and charming accessories before now?
The French developed the glass cloche (or bell jar) to serve as individual green houses for tender seedlings and young plants in the garden. Their purpose was to protect an early garden plant from harsh weather elements. They come in various shapes and sizes, but the most popular is probably the bell shaped cloche.
Not only functional, cloches make wonderful accents for your home and garden. Use them as a food cover for your next gathering, highlight beautiful flowers and fruits indoors, showcase your favorite collectibles, or use during the holidays with your favorite keepsakes. They are almost magical, and so much fun to arrange and rearrange. Why not have several?
I acquired my first cloche this week from one of my favorite garden shops, Annie’s Garden Shed in Lutz, Florida. They’re selling like hotcakes at Annie’s and now you know why. Haven’t decided what to fill mine with yet . . . oh the endless possibilities. But, you can be sure this won’t be my last one.
“I have never had so many good ideas day after day as when I worked in the
garden.” ~John Erskine