This lady — probably in Finland, ca. 1900 — must have been really devoted to her bee hives to keep them so close to her open windows.
The photo is via Gallen-Kallelan Museo Commons on flickr, photographer unknown.
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Deare behold me, you shall see
Faith the Hive, and love the Bee,
Which doe bring.
Gaine and sting.
4 thoughts on “Life in gardens: keeping bees (close)”
What do you think the vines are going up the string toward the right-hand window? The round-lobed foliage looks distinctive, but I can’t think of any good candidates…
I can’t either, and a Google image search didn’t yield anything very similar. May have to tweet a close-up picture. . .
She really is inviting the bees inside with those vines!
I know! They must have nerves of steel for bees buzzing around the table.
I don’t mind bees that much, as they’re usually pretty docile, but, here in Stuttgart, we are besieged by yellow jackets anytime we sit outside with a drink or food — even downtown.