Gardening is a great way to help the planet, lighten your budget, and improve your health. It doesn’t need to big to be a garden, in fact, it doesn’t even need to be outdoors! Join us for some gardening fun on a smaller scale, indoors and out.

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIt Is Pronounced \ˈklōsh\

Have you seen all the adorable Christmas cloches and terrariums on Pinterest? (And while we’re having this conversation how do you pronounce “cloche” anyway? Good question! It ends up that people in the UK pronounce cloche kind of like “claus” with an “h” at the end and people in the US pronounce cloche kind of like “close” with an “h” at the end. But, you know I have moderate hearing loss, so listen for yourself if you’ve never heard the word pronounced.)

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsCloches Are Meant To Protect Delicate Plants

Cloches are meant to protect delicate plants outside. They are kind of the outdoor equivalent of terrariums, which protect plants indoors. Ironically, none of the Christmas cloches or terrariums on Pinterest are being used for actual plants. Instead, the cloches look gorgeous with simple scenes created inside them.

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThey Don’t Come With Bases, Because They’re Not Supposed To

Since cloches are meant to cover plants on the ground, they traditionally do not come with a base. So you either can just cover a scene on a table or mantel or you will need to find a base of your own.

We Won’t Judge You If You Use a Regular Jar Instead

You can create pretty Christmas scenes in simple jars too and it will still look lovely. I’ve seen on Pinterest where people glued things to their jars to make the jar look more like a bell, which is what “cloche” means in French, but that is really not necessary to make it look pretty.Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Terrariums With Plants In Them Are Cool

Since we so enjoyed making our Halloween terrarium, we decided to redecorate our terrariums for Christmas. If you want to make a Christmas terrarium with actual plants, be sure to check out my directions for building a terrarium.

Christmas Cloche and Terrarium | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsTurning Things Over To You

So have you ever made a Christmas cloche or Christmas terrarium? Interested in making one? They are really easy to make and look really cute, so why not give it a try?





DIY Spooky Halloween Terrarium | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I recently decided to seasonally decorate my main terrarium, because we got rid of our fairy garden when we moved. I actually had to set up the whole terrarium again as my indoor plants did not survive our move. I thought I’d share the setup with you in case you wanted to try this at […]

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How to Grow Air Plants | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

February can be a good month to do some indoor gardening to help stave off winter doldrums and cabin fever. One type of indoor plant that I have found to be especially easy and rewarding to care for is tillandsia, more commonly known as “air plants”. Air plants have become really popular in the last […]

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Being mid-winter, we’ve not been getting outside as much as we’re used to and we have yet to start this year’s gardening projects, so we’ve been doing a bit of gardening and nature study indoors. We set up a new terrarium. For this of you, who have been following this blog and my blog before […]

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It is the time of year when even the most stalwart of gardens have gone to sleep for the season. So, unless you live in a very mild climate, it’s unlikely that you are seeing any flowers in your garden right now. That doesn’t mean that you can’t bring some flowers inside to enjoy. A […]

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