Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Everything's Under . . .

I always enjoy Marty's Parties -- and her Annual Cloche Party is one that I always like to participate in!!! I did last year and am doing it again this year!!!!

Please visit Marty at A Stroll Thru Life to see what everyone has put in and under their cloches for this fun, fun party!!!!

At Linderhof, there are two kinds of cloches . . . the "workhorse cloches" -- those that reside in the garden -- under them in spring are plants . . .

I leave the rhubarb cloches in the garden for I love the line of terra cotta even though most of the gardening season they serve no purpose . . .

The other cloches get put in a back part of the garden by the potting shed -- sometimes, they encourage weed growth (can you believe that a weed would grow under glass in the 100+ temps? -- perhaps -- because only a weed could do that -- an ordinary plant would not survive!!)

And indoors . . . in our bedroom is a favorite of mine that seems to call for a cloche to protect what appears to be a delicate antique.

But it's not -- it's from Nell Hills about 5 years ago but it looks ancient and for a summer or two lived (under a cloche) on the front porch. I've brought it inside and it's one of my favorite things -- a robin red breast holding an iron basket. It didn't cost much -- lots of things at Nell Hills don't cost all that much but all have great decorating impact as I think my little robin does!

On the little table between the chaise and the chair in the master bedroom. It brings a smile to my face every morning. I like birds -- both inside and out. And often, you'll find birds here and there at Linderhof.

Whenever I have garden tour guests, I like to serve herbal cookies and as I like birds, I like bees and so my bee skeps (two fiber and one metal) are perfect to decorate the tray and to use to serve the herbal cookies. It's metal, with big holes, so obviously, it's not to keep things out -- it's for show only but the skeps make a welcoming tray for tour guests.

And, then there are the "kitchen" cloches -- which are used to keep cakes or cookies fresh. And for a tea time treat for company, there's nothing like a cake under glass!

Please remember to visit Marty and see what other exciting and clever things are under glass this Tuesday!


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

All of your cloches are great. Practical and beautiful. I love the terra cotta ones. They're art for the whole year.

From the Kitchen said...

My mother kept a cloche on the kitchen counter to showcase the cookies and treats she baked for our after school snacks. So, they have a very special memory for me.

I love your bird!!


On Crooked Creek said...

Just beautiful, dear! I adore the metal one with the cookies in store! You have such exquisite taste...that bird under the cloche does look vintage!

Olive said...

I am glad you use some for their intended purpose. The terra cotta ones are lovely.

Sarah said...

Great post! I like the idea of a "workhorse" cloche. Using them in the garden. I remember seeing lots of antique garden cloches in an antique shop on the east coast many years ago. Can't image covering plants in my garden with these. ;-) I use sheets of protector cloth.

Anonymous said...

Hi Martha! Oh, what a wonderful cloche post! I haven't seen any like your terra cotta looking ones.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Such wonderful displays! They are all beautiful!

Lottie said...

You're right! There's nothing like a cake under glass! LOL!

Pondside said...

I liked seeing all your cloches. Every one has its role, it's clear. I especially like the terra cotta cloches.

Cass @ That Old House said...

Serious cloche envy here!
I have NONE.
You have loads.


I have cheese domes, but they aren't really the same thing, are they? I was SO sure I'd pick up a cloche in time for Marty's party ... dang!

Dion doesn't want people to know, but the reason he wasn't too upset by the jackhammering today is because he is hard of hearing. He barked like CRAZY whenever he saw the guys!

All the best -- Cass

Cass @ That Old House said...

Forgot to say -- the terra cotta cloches are FANTASTIC.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I would be crazy to have one of the Terra cotta cloches....perfect cloche!

xinex said...

Beautiful cloches, Martha. you are right about nothing better than cookies or pastries inside a cloche....Christine

Babs said...

Martha... OH! I am in love with your garden cloches. I've only seen terra cotta ones in magazines.
Now your little robin is a treasure with his/her little basket. I can see why you love it. Do you order from Nell Hill's or have you been to her stores? I wish there were more decorative choices on her online your little bird.
Your bee skeps are so inviting on the tray. I'm sure your garden tours are wonderful with your attention to detail.
Thank you so much for sharing your great ideas and cloches.

Martha said...

Babs -- I'm about 2 hours from her original store and a little over an hour from her new one in Kansas City -- in fact I'm going there on Thursday. There is way more in the store than on-line that's for sure. Her shop is such a fun place!!!

Marianne said...

All of your cloches are lovely but the ones in the kitchen with yummy baked good are my favorite!
Marianne :)

Maggie said...

Hi Martha,
What a fabulous collection, a cloche for every occasion.
Love the terracotta rhubarb cloches in the garden, makes me think of Peter Rabbit for some reason!
A glass cloche makes every cake look a million dollars, your tea table is a delight!

Gail said...

I'm singing "to every cloche there is a season, turn turn". Thanks for showing the variety of materials and uses for cloches.

Sonny G said...

Love the clay cloches and your glass too.. I agree, only a weed could grow there..Your yard has such a vintage look and I bet lots of folks stop by to take a peek..


Slice of Pie said...

Very pretty! Love that you actually use cloches in your gardening! thanks for sharing .. .and thanks for visiting my site!

Bernideen said...

Martha: I waved at you from I-70 but it is a long way down to Ft. Scott! Bernideen in Columbia

Sue said...

I definitely love the traditional clay cloches- glad to see that you use them for their intended purpose! I should really put out some baked goods in my stemmed cloche. Trouble is- they wouldn't last very long because I'd see them and want them. LOL I do best to subscribe to the "Out of sight, out of mind" mantra! :-) Sue

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Hi Martha,

I don't think I've seen the clay cloche's before. How darling, just as decor...or in use. I really liked the bee skep, open one to! Adorable!


Oliva Ohlson said...

I love your cloches, especially the terra cotta ones. It's so nice to see them as "work horses" as well as decorative.
Thank you for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I love your clay cloches, and the ones in the garden too. Your vignettes are all so lovely. Now I really need a clay one. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

I love the terra cotta cloches. I had a chance to buy a couple when we visited Arrow Rock MO several years ago. Regretted leaving them behind ever since.

The little skeps are wonderful, too!

Beautiful post, Martha.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Gorgeous terra cotta cloches...they look so beautiful lined up in the garden. What's better than a cloche with a cake...not too much !!

Anonymous said...

Oh my, I want to be a guest at your garden tour. When did you say it was?

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

I have never seen a clay cloche. Yours are so cool!


Jocelyn said...

Beautiful cloches! I love how you have them displayed. The clay ones are so unique.

Jocelyn @