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