Ode to Gertrude Jekyll, a Postscript

I knew Ms. Jekyll had to be a proponent of beautiful beekeeping !!

Bee hives

A cottager’s bee hives
Surrey History Centre ref. 6521/2/2/198

This photograph was taken by Gertrude Jekyll and appeared in her book Old West Surrey in 1904. She wrote:

‘Many cottagers are clever bee-keepers. The old straw hive is still in use amongst the poorer folk. Luckily for appearance’ sake, it is cheaper than the more scientific wooden one, and the cottager’s device for sheltering it, as in the case shown, with a bonnet made of pieces of sacking, and the broken halves of a red-ware washing-pan, adds to the prettiness of the little bee establishment.’

2 thoughts on “Ode to Gertrude Jekyll, a Postscript

  1. Oh, this is so lovely, Deborah. What an amazing photo of these beautiful hives. And the previous post too (incredible garden photos!) – I love to hear what inspires people. I am inspired today by you & Gertrude Jekyll, Louisa (http://constantstateofflux.com/2012/02/06/do-your-eyes-light-up/) and Cat (http://inspiredbeeing.com/2012/02/08/how-to-make-it-on-business-pitches-lotus-leaves-and-kickstarting-balyolu/). If you haven’t checked out what Cat is doing, you should. Louisa too. What an incredible global community!

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