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1A small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants.
- ‘Cover the area with cloches to protect from the worst of the weather and pests.’
- ‘This can be done by covering the plant with a cloche in wet weather.’
- ‘Put a cloche over your parsley for winter pickings.’
- ‘Cover this with cloches or a cold frame and wait until the temperature drops to 25C before sowing early salads, broad beans and herbs.’
- ‘This second layer can take the shape of a cold frame, cloche, or even just another sheet of plastic, suspended above the plants using wires for support.’
- ‘Winter lettuce is available, but this is best protected with a cloche.’
- ‘The cones have remained unmoved for so long that they have acted like cloches to force-grow the grass, which is now sprouting out of the open tops.’
- ‘Originally, cloches were constructed out of glass bell jars and were used to protect individual plants.’
- ‘In recent years, all this has changed and 70% of production of fresh market strawberries takes place in glasshouses, tunnels and cloches.’
- ‘Sow peas and broad beans under cloches or in small pots in a cold greenhouse.’
- ‘Sow an early batch of parsley in a cold frame or under a cloche.’
- ‘Colonial gardeners also used cloches, or bell glasses, to nurture fragile seedlings and extend the growing season.’
- ‘After a couple of weeks under cover, the soil temperature below the cloches will have risen sufficiently to help seed germination.’
- ‘Grown outdoors they tend to bolt in summer but indoors or under a cloche they should crop right through until Easter.’
- ‘Plant lettuce, spinach and other greens directly into garden beds and protect from the elements with a cloche or row cover.’
- ‘A cut off clear plastic water bottle makes a good cloche.’
- ‘Plant under cloches and begin covering at night when temperatures drop below 35 degrees.’
- ‘In mid-spring, remove the cloches, give the plants a support if necessary, keep free from weeds and water in dry spells.’
- ‘In colder areas, a plastic cloche or a cold-frame can be used to keep these vegetables cropping.’
- ‘In very cold areas you can keep them under cover and plant out under cloches in early spring.’
2A woman's close-fitting bell-shaped hat.
- ‘The Cotton Club numbers are pastel-hued caps and cloches.’
- ‘In the first, the ‘Girl’ in a cloche hat (tight-fitting, bell-shaped), with only one lock of hair peeking out, stands in the center of the picture in profile, looking off to the left.’
- ‘The Cat's Meow is an intriguing velvet cloche hat amidst the bowlers, sombreros, hard hats, and baseball caps in the Hollywood closet.’
- ‘Alternatively, find your own inspiration from the era: for the girls, red lipstick, exaggerated eyebrows, hair clasps, little cloche hats and lots of flapper-style beads.’
- ‘For smarter looks, little blouses, pleated skirts and twinsets are given a flapper flavour with cloches hats, pearls and dainty shoes.’
- ‘The cloche hat is almost like one of those clown hats.’
- ‘Mary's cloche hat was drooping over her face with her reddish blond curls weighed heavily almost to the base of her neck.’
- ‘Elizabeth quietly sipped her tea and was glad she wore her wide brimmed hat instead of her cloche hat today.’
- ‘She put it on, and then chose a matching veiled cloche from the clothes press, which she perched on her head, low over her bangs.’
- ‘The whole experience makes you yearn to wear white gloves and a cloche hat, and to visit at tea-time for a tall glass of ice-cream.’
- ‘She looked very prim but stylish in a blue suit with a matching cloche hat.’
- ‘George wore the long, pencil-shaped dresses that so many girls her age found fashionable with a cloche hat.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally ‘bell’ (see cloak).
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