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Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style

Monday, March 15, 2021


A new addition to a glass cloche collection came just in time to showcase the collection for French Country style this Spring. Less than a week away, Spring officially arrives on Saturday, March 20, 2021 in the Northern Hemisphere, but fresh bedding plants at local garden centers have been heralding Spring's arrival in north Texas for the past two weeks. 



Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
White Johnny-Jump-Ups (violas) and blue lobelias under the collection of cloches brought Spring to my French Country style dining table as the small bedding plants awaited planting outside in pots on the deck. 



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Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
Not only are glass cloches beautiful to use inside and outside, they add authentic French style to both gardens and homes. The French first used glass cloches to protect plants in potagers (kitchen gardens) beginning around 1600. English gardeners adopted the practice around 1629. 

 
c l o c h e (noun)
\ 'klosh \
origin: French for bell 

definition:
a bell or dome-shaped glass cover used to protect small seedlings from frost 




Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
Over the years, cloche shapes, styles, and materials for garden cloches have changed to improve their function, to make them sturdier, and to reduce costs.  Removable tops for ventilation, wood-and-glass square variations for both sturdy frames and less expensive styles, and terra cotta for reduced costs are a few of the changes developed. 

However, none of the variations compare to the charm of 
glass cloches with top handles! 


Nonetheless, no two cloches in my collection are exactly alike. Each has its own special design. 


Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
A French zinc seed pot under a favorite blue-colored cloche adds more French style to the arrangement on the dining table. 




Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
A tall oval cloche has a glass handle in the shape of a vintage doorknob. 





Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
Etched intertwining vines decorate a traditional bell-shaped cloche that was my first cloche and the  beginning of an unplanned collection. 




Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
Displayed with the cloche collection is a clear glass hurricane for candles, etched with vertical vines. Pale blue lobelia flowers in a cross-cut blue votive candle holder coordinate beautifully with the blue walls throughout my home. 




Spring Cloche Collection for French Country Style
And, the newest cloche in the collection? Large enough to cover a cake, the round cloche with its metal handle and lipped rim will appear frequently in the kitchen atop a plate holding cakes, cupcakes, or cookies whether Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter.  

Plus there will be more French Country style when the new cloche covers croissants. 

And, since this is Texas, the new cloche will also cover cornbread!


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You may also enjoy 

Spring Potting Bench Flowers -  Includes a large outdoor cloche not used in the Spring Cloche Collection 




For more Spring inspiration, see my 

Pinterest Board, Spring



11 comments:

  1. A cloche for the cornbread would be wonderful!! Glad to see a beautiful post from you, Judith. :)

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    1. Hi, Stacey,
      Thanks for visiting and leaving an encouraging comment. I see your posts in the decor group on Facebook.
      Judith

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  2. I would love to see the sources for your beautiful cloches. Such variety.

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    1. Most of the cloches are gifts from my sister, and the others are several years old. So, I don't have the sources. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I wish I could have helped.

      Judith

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  3. I love cloches and don't own even one! I love how you have yours styled with the plants under them and in such pretty containers too!

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    1. Thank you, Deanna! Hope you are enjoying the nice Spring weather.

      Judith

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  4. Beautiful, love the zinc seed pots! Happy Spring!

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    1. Thank you, Debra. Your cloches are the years have been inspiration for me.

      Judith

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  5. So pretty! You have such a knack for putting things together.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

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    1. Marilyn,
      Thank you so much!
      P.S. I hope you have recovered from our winter snowstorm.

      Judith

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