A couple of weekends ago I went on a whirlwind tour of some Hudson Valley (New York) gardens with a couple of gardening buddies. I’ll be featuring some of the sights we saw this week.
I’ll start slow with a cute little bee skep we spotted in the herb garden at Boscobel in Garrison, New York. Every time I see a bee skep, I want one for my own garden–they’re so cute! But I’ve never actually seen bees take up residence in a skep. Have you? According to Wikipedia (who we should all trust completely, right? Ha!), it’s actually illegal to keep bees in skeps in many countries, including the US. Apparently, in order to harvest the honey the bees produce in a skep, you almost always have to destroy the bees. Not very nice. Most of the skeps you see now are purely for looks. If you want to encourage bees to a skep for the purpose of harvesting honey, search for a skep that has a second vessel on top to make harvesting the honey (which the bees produce in the upper vessel) a little less gruesome. **I have not been able to find one online, sadly. Here’s a bit more info on skeps.
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