First year bee keeper here; started with two nucs in May, 2013. Both hives are Italians and are doing well. I placed a honey super on the strongest hive on August 2nd when I noticed the cotton blooms were starting to appear. On September 20th, I pulled the honey super off the hive.
Here are some of the frames:
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Here are the final results: 9 quarts of cotton honey. I am very proud of my girls!