Monday, November 20, 2006
Keeping the rain off . . .
I am a sucker for all the paraphenalia of the vintage garden - stacked up seed trays, piles of terracotta pots, rhubarb forcers and hand written wooden labels. You can always find me cooing noisily and taking masses of photos it the potting sheds and greenhouses of historic gardens.
That is why as soon as I saw these reproductions of C18th Dutch glass cloches I had to buy some for the shop and for the garden. They come in six sizes - from £17.50 down to £2.50 - and are that great, slightly green colour of old glass and have a proper weight to them.
I am using a couple to keep the rain off our thyme plants but I also think that they look very elegant inside in a line along a dresser or broad windowsill. I am planning to have some to put over the bits of nests, shells and cones that the girls collect - transforming their displays from looking like turned out pockets into something more like a Victorian Naturalist's study.