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Delighting The Eye

Report From An Opinionated Gardener – January 8

At the end of October I wrote somewhat of a rant about the practice of wrapping plants in burlap for the winter. At what price protection, was the question posed. Looking out at my bamboo cloches I see that there is another way to think about this topic.

I ordered these dome garden cloches some years ago and they have proved both useful and attractive. In fact, it was their appealing looks that drew me to getting them in the first place and I plan to order more soon. They’re not only useful for protecting young plants from sun, keeping animals or birds away, and holding hay around my hardy banana trees for the winter, but they just look like they belong in the garden.

In this case form definitely came before function for me.

The good news is that these open weave baskets are extremely useful and long lasting. But they continue to call to me because they delight my eye…sometimes that is function enough.

I'm hoping that my hardy bananas are snug inside their cloche and hay covering and that they'll be alive next spring.

8 Responses to “Delighting The Eye”

  1. 1
    Hilda M. Morrill:

    Dear C.L.

    Love the look! Where can they be ordered?

    Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Best regards, Hilda

  2. 2
    CL Fornari:

    Click on the link “dome garden cloches” and you’ll get right to the source. There will be a link there to pricing for the US and Canada.

  3. 3
    Carol Cichorski:

    Oh my gosh I love these. I’ve been blogging on what looks good in my Chicagoland garden over the winter and you can be assured that the protection on the zone 6 roses in my zone 5 yard are not making the cut. Next year, those cloches will be mine!

  4. 4
    Forest Keeper:

    Ahh the unity of form and function! It sure is nice when things can look good as they serve a very practical purpose.
    They look like bee skeps to me. I am suddenly overcome with the anticipation of spending time with my thousands of little bee friends again this coming spring!

  5. 5
    Joyce:

    I noted those “things” in a former photo and wondered about where you bought them. LOVE the form, and particularly with the snow enhancing them! Can you tell us what size the two are in the photo? They look appropriate for protecting young, first year hydrangea.

  6. 6
    CL Fornari:

    Joyce,
    I ordered the largest size, 70 centimeters. Mine are actually a bit larger than that, and they note that the sizes vary. I’ve been pleased with how sturdy yet light weight they are – mine are several years old now. I too used them to protect new hydrangeas two years ago. I just put them over the hydrangea stems and when the temps were predicted to be below 5 degrees I threw a blanket over the cloche. Worked like a charm, and they looked good in that garden all winter.

  7. 7
    Rescue « Whole Life Gardening:

    [...] featured my bamboo cloches in this blog before so you know how much I love them. Imagine how upset I was when one blew away [...]

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    Nancy Szerlag:

    Hilda, I love these cloches. Been wanting to order for years. Finally getting around to it. Love and Stuff Nancy