What’s a Cloche?

CLOCHE: pronounced closhe (the “o” says it’s name and the “e” is silent); noun

1.  a woman’s close-fitting hat with a deep, bell-shaped crown and often a narrow, turned-down brim

2.  a bell-shaped glass cover placed over a plant to protect it from frost and to force it’s growth

3.  a bell-shaped metal or glass cover placed over a plate to keep food warm or fresh

The French developed the Cloche (aka Bell Jar) in the late 1800’s.  They used the cloche to protect an early garden plant from cold and frost which would hasten the crops to maturity.

This is what they were originally used for:

Pretty cool huh? My first thought is, these are pricey! Wonder how much each one of these large ones would cost to use in the garden and cover your lettuce?????

I always called them a “dome”.  How’s that for “okie” talk????

I love the way a cloche makes whatever it covers look so special – fancy – sparkly.  I feel like a little kid…whatever is under the dome cloche you aren’t allowed to touch…which of course, makes me want to touch it more.

Look how beautiful these are and all of the different items they are covering.  See the picture with the lemon being covered?  Doesn’t that lemon look special???

Do you have a cloche? What do you put under yours?  I think I’ll take a trip to Homegoods and see if I can rustle me up one and put something pretty under it…like a pumpkin!

It’s tough living in California (central valley) and getting into the fall spirit when it’s still HOT! I’m soooo tired of it.  My husband doesn’t think it’s hot until it’s in the 100’s.  Ugh.

Thanks for stopping by! I’m hoping to finish up on my daughter’s table and chairs today.  I’ll reveal tomorrow!

 

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  1. These are seriously my obsession! I use them ALL over the house when I decorate 🙂

    • I went to Homegoods yesterday hoping that I could find one. No luck. Darn. I know where I can get one here in town, but they are pricey. Might just have to order on line.

  2. I had no idea about the garden part. Makes sense!
    I agree about them making everything look amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don’t have any cloches, which is really strange because I’ve always admired them. Love the photos you put together… so pretty! Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  4. We have these at work. And some tall glass jars. I m love these things!

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