Due to the inclement weather (rain sucks), in consultation with the ladies (honey bees) we at Cottonwood Garden are contemplating moving our bee operation to Maui. Dan went ahead and scouted a new location for us. We apologize for any inconvenience but the banzai pipeline awaits and the ladies like to surf (many say it's unnatural for a bee to surf but they're hardcore). Aloha, mahalo brah.
Update: I invented a combination Insulated hive cover and moisture quilt ( Insulated Moisture Quilt) which seems to have worked quite well through the first winter. I also made a Mouse proof entrance reducer to the dismay of the furry little creatures.