That's the thing about beekeeping isn't it? It's what makes these forums so interesting & so frustrating.... 100 or 1000 miles away, it's completely different.

I have one further question, tagging along with what Oldtimer asked:

How would you run Warre hives in a very short, but very heavy, nectar flow?

Another question I've asked before, and I'll ask again, because this is apparently very important in the locale that I'll be beekeeping:

How do you deal with very-granulating honey in the method of leaving hives enough winter stores? (Where I'll be is the Canadian prairies, where fall flow- predominantly canola- is prone to immediate granulation- which means bees will starve or poop like crazy).

This is my (and I realize only mine) predominant concern with the Warre/natural system.