I'm driving myself crazy trying to decide where and from whom to purchase my first packages from, so I thought I would ask a couple questions. There does not seem to be any local or even remotely close suppliers in the Texas panhandle or surrounding area, so picking up packages or nucs is out.

Do I take into account to choose a supplier that has a similar climate to what we have here? Will California or south Texas bees (or any other mild climate) winter well here where we get snow and ice storms?

I'm sure you all have your favorites regarding suppliers, but are there any I should avoid?

I'm freaking out that I will procrastinate too long and my lonely hives will stay lonely (once they get here, that is).

Thanks all...