24 DECEMBER 1948, Page 17

In the Garden In spite of admiration for the continuous

cloche—the most protective of garden inventions—I have always felt an unreasonable preference for the old French bell-jar, which has become too cumbrous and expensive. Now I see that what one may call a bell-jar cloche is being made, and it should be a real addition to the armoury of the private gardener. A single, movable covering of this nature is, I think, especially valuable for such gourds as the pumpkin and squash (both too much neglected) and vegetable and custard marrow, which without movable glass have often to be sown too late for their full period of productivity. In regard to the flower-garden I have been astonished at the quick and thorough germination of the seeds of the annual carnations—Enfant de Nice and the rest—which deserve an immense circulation.