When gardening indoors consider adding a little glass to your decor. It helps shield the most tender of plants and adds a nice sparkle to the room. Here are three different ways you can add glass to your home with the beauty and living greenery of plants.
3 Ways to Use the Beauty & Benefit of Glass
Cloches are bell-shaped glass covers used to protect plants outdoors from cold weather due to early and late frosts. Some say they originated in Italy however the bell shape is known to have come from early 17th century France. It’s no wonder that the name ‘Cloche’ comes from the french word for bell.
Today most people use plastic covers and other translucent containers to protect their plants but glass cloches are still used in many homes for their beauty in decor. They are great for protecting delicate plants indoors and help to trap in the moisture. Just make sure they don’t get too warm. If they do remove the cloche for a while. I purchased mine at a craft store but there are many other places you can by your own cloche. Here’s a nice article on some different modern cloches on the market today at Gardenista.
Hyacinth vases have been around since the 18th century when hyacinths took over for the tulip as the latest trend in decor. These hour-glass shaped vases are made specifically for forcing bulbs, allowing the roots to grow in the bottom portion without the actual bulb sitting in the water which would cause it to rot.
Once again the glass allows the light to reflect in the room and through the window adding a little sparkle. These vases come in a variety of colors and be found in garden shops and many places online. Here is a cute trio on Amazon – Hand Blown Vases. Hyacinth bulbs do need a chilling period but tend to bloom within a few weeks once the roots are established. You can buy them already “pre-chilled” or you can place them in the refrigerator for 12 weeks before preparing them to bloom.
There are so many lovely terrarium containers on the market now. Some of them are like a mini-greenhouse and some are simple glass jars. Terrariums are incredibly easy and fun to make. I made this one from a jar I found at Bed Bath and Beyond last year and I haven’t had to do anything to maintain it. You can find my tutorial on how to make your own terrarium here.
Terrariums can be open or closed. Mine is a closed with ferns, begonia and a little moss. Succulents, air plants and other cacti would be more suited to open terrariums. Did you know that terrariums were originally called Wardian cases named for the London physician, Dr. Nathaniel Ward? I wrote a short piece about them last year. You can read more about Dr. Ward here.
So there you have it. Three ways to use glass for beauty and benefits to your indoor garden. Even if you don’t grow plants, of course you must, but if you don’t, you can use cloches and terrariums to show off your non-living collections. Give them a try, and enjoy the sparkle.