I miss the beehives that sat at the edge of the our garden for many seasons. They weren't particularly special as hives go - not like those that I see from groovier beekeepers, but they were fascinating and I loved observing our beekeepers as they cared for the hives.
We don't have them anymore after a particularly rough year (a couple of years ago). Our beekeeper had 25 hives throughout our town - three in my garden - and the winter of 2013 took out 23 of them. The result of was a regrouping of sorts - all the hives went back to his property in a sweeping back-to-the-drawing-board decision, and they haven't comeback.
As I consider finding a new beekeeper - or perhaps even trying to take it on myself - I am very inspired by beehive art. I can't deny my designer inclinations and I am drawn to anything that can be a canvas for something creative and interesting.
Do you keep bees? Have you considered turning them into a bit of a feature? These are a few of my favorites from around the internet.
If you have done something special with your hive share the a link where we can see it!