Apis mellifera carnica from folk art to the architecture



Last time I had the opportunity to see how a beehive looks from inside.I was absolutely amazed and couldn’t stop watching laborious bees,I am still fascinated by the organisation of those little animals.And as they will always be the most welcome guests in My botanical garden let me talk about some interesting bee-topics from my country today.

Beekeeping has a long tradition in Slovenia. Our bee is Apis mellifera carnica, very laborious and non aggressive bee.Kranjska čebela (Apis mellifera carnica)

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Cultivation of buckwheat in the 15th century meant autumn pasture and possible advance in beekeeping. So already in 1689 a beehive timbered of boards is mentioned .In mid 18th century  first painted front boards of beehives, first with religious motifs, later also with profane motifs appeared, contributing a big share to the Slovene folk art.

bee house

Adam and Eve in EdenAdam and Eve in EdenPilgrims' MadonnaPilgrims’ MadonnaWeddingWeddingPegam and LambergarPegam and Lambergar

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Original vintage painted front-boards can be seen in museums today, but souvenir shops have plenty of replicas tourists like to buy.And as it may look like all these aren’t very serious art  I have to admit how it surprised me to discover that bees impressed Jože Plečnik, our great archirect.Beehive he projected for his garden in Ljubljana is definitely work of art bees-laborious architects deserve!Good news-Plečnik was born 140 years ago  and this anniversary will be celebrated with restoration of his beehive !

Čebelnjak, Plečnikarchitectural beehive in architect’s garden from:

Jože Plečnik

Jože Plečnik, 1904
Born January 23, 1872
Laibach (modern-day Ljubljana),Austria-Hungary
Died January 7, 1957 (aged 84)
Buildings Prague Castle (1920–34)
Triple Bridge, Ljubljana, (1929–32)
National and University Library(1930–41)
Projects Slovene Acropolis / Cathedral of Freedom (1947)