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The Beauty of the Garden Cloche

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The Beauty of the Garden Cloche

February 7, 2013

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 vintage Victorian Cloche and a Victorian Style Cloche are £130 and £120, respectively, from Warehams. For more garden cloche inspiration, see “Bamboo Cloches to Blanket Your Garden.”

Above: From Hibbitt of Oswestry, a variety of sizes and shapes of Lantern Cloche are available at prices from £40 to £950, depending on size. A Miniature Octagonal Cloche (R) is £40.

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.)

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