Let’s Hear it for the Bees!

I am really worried about what is happening to our British bees. Without them I don’t know how we can survive.

A romantic apple-blossom orchard with hives that I painted years ago
A romantic apple-blossom orchard with hives that I painted years ago

In homage to the bee I attach a few of my artworks and photos taken at Hidcote last year on a trip with my friend Anne.

The familiar and lovely site of a rustic wooden hive at Hidcote
The familiar and lovely site of a rustic wooden hive at Hidcote

I think there is a general love of the beehive shape as it seems to evoke a romantic image of rural British life. A sense of a slower pace of living and a deeper connection with nature.

A little watercolour bee - I am not sure if it is a honey-bee though
A little watercolour bee – I am not sure if it is a honey-bee though

Skeps made from straw or wicker were later replaced by ones made from wood and they all have their own particular charm to me.

Which do you prefer?

Increasingly I see many bee-keeping organisations encouraging people to keep their own bees. There is a sense of urgency about this as so many factors are affecting their habitat. If I were able to keep them I would but I don’t think my tiny back yard of my terraced house would be a good location.

Here is a link to the British Beekeepers Association if you are feeling brave and want to have your own hive – good luck!

 

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6 thoughts on “Let’s Hear it for the Bees!

  1. I’d love to have bees, but my neighbours aren’t that keen on my chickens- there’s no way they’d be happy with a bee hive over their fence…

    In the meantime I grow bee friendly plants, like mpejovic, and buy honey from the nice man round the corner 🙂

    1. That’s a good compromise and same here – got a lot of perennials in now too and a Gertrude Jekyll rose with a beautiful perfume – saw a be going mad over it yesterday!

  2. Wow, encouraging people to have their own bees? A little too scary to me. Here, they encourage people to grow plants that will attract bees and feed them. So anything that makes nectar is a good source. I’ve got a good selection of that in our yard, so I try to do my part.

    I love your first painting, especially the purple colors. Very pretty! Have you ever painted cherry blossoms? I have no idea what they would look like in watercolor format.

    1. I too would be a bit scared but apparently the bees can tell if you are a scaredy cat! It’s best to go along to a bee-keeper to visit his hives and see if you feel at peace amongst them!

      Thanks for your compliments on my apple orchard- I loved painting the white timber hives and the purple foxgloves. Cherry blossoms are something I want to paint – can’t think of anything more beautiful!

      A

    1. Thanks very much Fwaire – I’m glad to hear you like looking at them. That big orchard one was painted on th e top of my grampa’s pine chest as at the time I didn’t have an easel! What projects have you got on at the mo?

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