Friday, February 09, 2007

Cloche questions answered.

I originally got these glass cloches - reproductions of C17th Dutch ones - because I wanted them for the garden but they got so many interested comments that I bought in enough to resell.

While I grow, make or commission most of our stock, we do sell commercially made vases, planters and the like so these fit into that category - no-one is going to think that I havea glassworks round the back of the tunnel.

As it is the first year that I have had them I couldn't answer any questions about how they stand up to the weather - well now I can. we have been down to -6 now and they are absolutely fine.

I assume that it is the shape that prevents frost damage - I imagine that it just slides off the sides. They don't keep the plants frost free but do make a couple of degrees of difference and keep the rain, snow and deer away. The parsley under the cloches is fine and green, the plants in the open are frosted to pulp.

The other question I got a lot of is - what can you do with them inside? I use them to keep the children's nature finds dust free and to elevate the pebbles, cones and nests into Victorian Naturalist territory.

But look at this page from Elle Decoration - British artist Polly Morgan is putting dead robins and mini chandeliers into bell jars and charging from £4000 for the results. this one is called A Thousand Years in Your Presence. Perhaps I should take Minou onto the staff and turn his kills into profit.


weirdbunny said...

Clonches in the garden and robins in the garden are great, but put a dead robin in a clonch in the house, not my idea of decorative art!

casapinka said...

Dead robin?! Jeez, people will pay for anything. Gross. your cloches are beautiful, though.

Jane said...

It is rather gruesome isn't it?
The magazine actually suggests buying the bits seperately - Victorian Bell Jar from £250 and taxidermised birds from £35 each all available from a firm called London Taxidermy.
Do you think that people send them in birds that they find dead, or do they trawl round the streets themselves looking for dead birds or do they (gulp) kill them to order in a Cruella de Ville way?

Heather said...

If I kept the cats leavings - it would only be that greying kidney shaped thing they always leave behind and a bit of a tail!

Pretty ugly by anyones imaginings but the full dead bird isn't much better.

However the cloches are classy


Primrose Hill said...

Dead robins, not really for me, I always feel so guilty when the cats bring dead birds in. Love the cloches, the colour of the glas is beautiful.
L x