Sunday, March 21, 2010

Cloche Call

Glass cloches were common in the Victorian era as protective coverings for young, fragile garden plantings. Although they are still used for gardening, they are now more commonly used inside for displaying small plants and treasures.


These make me smile.




















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26 comments:

  1. What a beautiful selection Rita, how pretty.

    Happy Sunday :)

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  2. I'm always looking for something to do with my cloches.....Spring is easy..Can't wait to see what you do with yours for summer and fall!

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  3. Everything is always more special under glass. Domes/cloches are always on my list .... but often hard to find ! What lovely photos !

    xoxo
    lisa

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  4. Dear Rita, these are so lovely ideas - my favorite is the picture with the violet Anemones and those lacy, frilly "greens" . Sooo beautiful - I wish I had the space and room to display such a collection. kind regards ,Martina

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  5. Yes, It did make me smile. They are lovely.

    I haven't seen many cloches in my area. I haven't looked at Michael's yet. Where do most people buy them? I saw some a year ago in a florist and of course I did not buy one. My friend bought a beautiful large one at an antique show in Atlanta and I am going to ask her permission to post a picture of her Easter vignette.

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  6. I remember the first time I saw a cloche and it was on Martha Stewart show. She had several lined up protecting newly planted seedlings. I thought then, "Only Martha". Since then they have become quite the decorating accessory. I loved this post, so many pretty images. Kathysue

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  7. Love your post, beautiful images.
    Have a wonderful next week,
    Cecilia

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  8. Hi Rita, Beautiful post, with stunning pictures. I always think that glass cloches make a vegetable garden look perfect. Did you know that the French gardeners traditionally broke off the glass knob at the top to avoid a magnifying glass effect burning the plants beneath? I wouldn't have the heart myself!
    Sharon

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  9. Bonjour Rita,
    What a fabulous collection, is that a purple hyacinth with the two little eggs. Yes I'm smiling too.
    Good evening to you,
    Mimi

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  10. The cloche pictures are all so beautiful. Thank you for sharing them,it is so wonderful to get ideas for displays, especially with Easter around the corner! xx

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  11. Dear Rita,
    I have a 'thing' about cloches at the moment. I found one in a junk shop for £2. I was really pleased with that as they are quite expensive.
    The ones that you have shown and the displays they have inside are beautiful. I'm going to keep my eyes out at flea markets from now on !! XXXX

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  12. Beautiful Rita! I can't pick a favourite, they are all lovely. I think I am going to have to add this to my shopping list when I start my antiquing trips...thanks for the tip!! I will let you know when I find the perfect one..
    Have a great week!
    Jeanne :)

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  13. I've just been game enough to buy one now all the boys have finally left home. One of them came for dinner over the weekend & I found him 'playing' with it. He was given a Millie look which 'encouraged' him to stop pronto! I may need to get them all to sign a No Touch Cloche Indemnity Form. Lovely examples Rita.
    M ^_^

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  14. Such a lovely post Rita. I'm not 100% sure what the cloche has over us but whatever it may be, it's pure enchantment. I adore them & all these examples just made my admiration stronger. Happy new week to you xx

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  15. Oh these are so pretty! Make me smile too. I fear I'm not good at doing the design within the cloche, but Williams Sonoma has some cute Easter ones, so thought I might cheat and just buy those. ;-)

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  16. what a sweet collection of cloches!

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  17. julie is right... your blog does sparkle... blessings to you...xx

    ps i have an amazing giant vintage ameyst cloche... i adore them...

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  19. Let's start over. I deleted the last comment due to a typo. It's late! :)

    Love the photos! I also love cloches and didn't know what the original purposes were till now. Thanks!

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  20. I'm mad about. Every time I see one I want to buy it. Marvelous pictures and yet another example of your perfect taste, dear Rita.

    xo,
    Tish

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  21. Love these images! The ones used out in the garden are wonderful!!

    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  22. Love to death all your images. I am a cloche & dome lover, so seeing them take my breathe away.

    Have a great day!

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  23. i am so inspired. i think i need one in my home! xo

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  24. Thank you for the beautiful cloche photos. I bought a large one and a smaller one years ago and your images have inspired me. I also like to display them side by side, with nothing inside. Their shape is lovely, unadorned.

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I hope this made you smile. I look forward to hearing what you have to say!