Think of garden cloches as tiny portable greenhouses, designed to protect plants from the effects of wind, cold, and insects. As practical as they are attractive, glass-paned garden cloches are a common tool in the UK—and yet another reason for US gardeners to envy our overseas counterparts their well-stocked garden supply shops:
Above: A replica of a design used in the 18th and 19th centuries, a cast iron Victorian Style Garden Cloche has side pieces that fit together to form a base for the roof; it's £109.99 from Crocus.
Above: A copper frame Kensington Garden Cloche is £143.99 from English Lamp Posts.
Wondering how to use cloches in the garden? To see them hard at work, see From Mist to Glory : Ben Pentreath's Dorset Garden.
(N.B.: This is an update of a post originally published September 7, 2012.)