Why October is Best for Spring Gardens

  • By Eddie Yandle
  • 02 Oct, 2017

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The familiar Dutch hyacinth hybrids, derived from Hyacinthus orientalis , are known for their plump flower spikes filled with single or double blooms in shades of white, peach, yellow, orange, pink, salmon, red, blue, lavender and purple, as well as their sweet, strong fragrance that fills an early-spring garden.

Roman or French hyacinths ( H. o. albulus ) are less well-known but worth taking a look at; they are slightly smaller and bloom even earlier, with multiple stalks filled with white, pink or blue flowers. These are a good choice for warm-winter climates. And since both are easy to care for and relatively problem-free, you really can’t go wrong.

Caution:  Hyacinth bulbs can cause an allergic reaction when handled, so wear gloves and wash hands after handling. The plants, particularly the bulbs, are also toxic to pets.
‘Peter Stuyvesant’ hyacinth

When browsing bulb offerings, you may also run across grape hyacinth, or Muscari spp. While it’s similar to common hyacinth in both name and looks, it is not related.

Botanical name: Hyacinthus orientalis
Common name: Garden hyacinth, common hyacinth
Origin:  Eastern Mediterranean for Dutch hybrids; southern France for Roman hyacinths
Bloom season: Late winter to spring
Where it will grow: Hardy to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, or minus 40 degrees Celsius (USDA zones 3 to 9; find your zone ); best grown as an annual in regions with warmer winter climates
Mature size: 6 to 12 inches tall and 4 to 9 inches wide
Water requirement:  Regular while growing and blooming
Light requirement: Full sun; can handle partial shade
Bulb type:  True bulb
Benefits and tolerances:  Extremely fragrant and showy, with brightly colored masses of blooms. Flowers bloom on single or multiple stalks rising from the plants’ bright green, strap-like leaves.
When to plant:  In early fall in coldest regions; wait until late October or November in warm-winter regions. Keep bulbs cool or chill them until you plant. Choose the largest bulbs to get the largest “exhibition” blooms.

Fun fact: Hyacinths are one of the easiest bulbs to force  for indoor blooms and fragrance in winter.
Tulips and hyacinths at Keukenhof , in the Netherlands

How to use it.
Mass for a bright display; plant alongside or amidst other spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils  and tulips ; let them naturalize in drifts or informal plantings; or grow them in containers . Hyacinths also make good cut flowers.
Chilling notes.  If you’re growing hyacinths in zones 7 to 9, they’ll do best if you pre-chill the bulbs. The crisper drawer of a refrigerator is ideal, if you can spare the room. If that doesn’t work for you, keep the bulbs in a cool spot out of the sunlight until you plant.

How to plant. Plant once the soil temperature reaches around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius). Choose a site in full sun with sandy or loose, well-drained soil. Plant the largest bulbs 4 to 6 inches deep and 5 inches apart. Plant smaller bulbs 3 inches deep and 4 to 5 inches apart. Keep the soil moist but not soggy until winter rains start or snow covers the ground. Provide winter protection in zones 3 and 4.
Hyacinths mix with like-colored pansies in an early-spring garden.

Growing notes.  Provide regular water during the growth and bloom periods, and until leaves start to turn yellow. Cut the flower stalks off once they fade, but leave the foliage in place until it turns completely yellow. Hyacinths can handle some summer water but prefer the soil to be dry. Begin watering again in fall, and provide regular water until winter rains start or snow falls. The tallest hyacinths may need to be staked or grown where taller plants can support them.

If you’re growing hyacinth as a perennial, feed with bulb fertilizer when blossoms fade. In zones 7 to 9, hyacinth bulbs will have the best repeat performances if you dig them up and chill them, then replant in fall. Or grow them as an annual.

Bulbs will rot if the soil is too soggy. They’re also tempting treats for rodents, so put up cages or scatter gravel to deter digging. Planting them with daffodils  will help keep them from being nibbled upon, as rodents avoid toxic daffodil bulbs.
A spring mix of hyacinths with hydrangeas, grape hyacinths and sedum

Growing in containers.  Choose a container that’s 8 to 15 inches wide, depending on bulb size. You’ll want at least 2 inches of potting soil or another growing medium beneath the base of the bulbs. Set the bulbs with the tip close to the surface. For the best display, pack them in tightly rather than spacing as you would in the garden — the bulbs should be almost touching. Cover with mulch  and keep the container cool and moist in a shaded spot until the top growth can be seen, then place in full sun to enjoy the display.

Columbia New Home Blog

By Eddie Yandle 10 Oct, 2017

Boo at the Zoo– Columbia

Lions and tigers and goblins, oh my! Join Riverbanks Zoo and Garden  for a Halloween spook-tacular, Boo at the Zoo. Children 12 and under are invited to wear costumes for a spook-fest!

South Carolina State Fair  - Columbia, SC - Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2017
Equine events, Heritage Village, crafting shows, prince & princess pageant, fair food, entertainment and more.

Carolina Downhome Blues Festival– Camden
The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival is a blues “club crawl” with performances in the cozy theater of the Fine Arts Center of Kershaw County , plus gigs in bars and restaurants in town, up close and personal, the way the blues were meant to be.

Oktoberfest Columbia  - Columbia, SC - Oct 13 to Oct 15, 2017
This Columbia Oktoberfest will have authentic German food, live oompah bands and lots of beer. Hosted by Incarnation Lutheran Church. Admission is free. Entertainment includes the German Friendship Folk Dancers, the Walhalla Bavarian Dancers, The German Connection Band and Die Lustigen Musikanten. Lunch and Dinner menu includes wiener schnitzel, jaegerschnitzel, weisswurst and bratwurst with sauerkraut, spaetzle, kartoffelsalat (potato salad) and more. Beers on Tap from Conquest Brewery, Carolina Brewery, Becks, Widmer and more. Location: 3005 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

ShrimpFest  - Little River, SC - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
22,000 visitors for a shrimp cook out, kids activities, over 150 vendors, arts and crafts, fresh local seafood, and entertainment. Held at the Little River Waterfront, 4460 Mineola Ave., Little River, SC.

South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival  - Darlington, SC - Oct 14, 2017
9am to 4pm on Saturday. More than 100 craft, food, and arts vendors, live entertainment, music, puppets, exhibits, an antique car show, appearances by Spud, and plenty of funnel cakes and sweet potato pies!

Walhalla Oktoberfest  - Walhalla, SC - Oct 20 to Oct 22, 2017
This annual South Carolina Oktoberfest in Walhalla will have live music, food, Oktoberfest dancers, 5K road race, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and family friendly activities. Kids ride the carnival rides all day on Sunday for only $12! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-10. Location: Sertoma Field Walhalla, SC 29691

Greer Station Oktoberfest  - Greer, SC - Oct 21, 2017
Two stages of German oompah bands, German food and beer from Warsteiner. Local artists work will also be on display in downtown Greer. Menu items include knackwurst, bratwursts, fresh pretzels, kettle korn and lots more. Sample a large selection of German beers and wines.

By Eddie Yandle 10 Oct, 2017
Thinking of a spooky Halloween party in Columbia? Check out these awesome cookie ideas from Delish!!
By Eddie Yandle 02 Oct, 2017
New homes are popping up all around Woodcreek Farms as Executive Construction Homes begins construction in several new locations.  Currently on the ground, and ready for Spring move ins are new homes planned in South Ridge, SweetBay and Riding Grove Sections of Woodcreek Farms With extensive features signature to Executive Construction Homes, new home buyer's will find extensive trim-work, coffered ceilings, master down plans, detailed granite and even homes featuring walk out basements.
Conveniently located near I 20, Fort Jackson and Downtown Columbia , Woodcreek Farms i s minutes from grocery stores, schools and everyday shopping.  Enjoy the amenities of the prestigious golf community and the 2,300 acres of natural area.  Search for your new home today and ask about the building oppurtunites available or currently under construction!

By Eddie Yandle 13 Sep, 2017

Here are four great reasons to consider buying a home today, instead of waiting.

1. Prices Will Continue to Rise

CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index   reports  that home prices have appreciated by 6.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 5.0% over the next year.

The bottom in home prices has come and gone. Home values will continue to appreciate for years. Waiting no longer makes sense.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Are Projected to Increase

Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey  shows that interest rates for a 30-year mortgage have hovered around 4%. Most experts predict that rates will rise over the next 12 months. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac  and the National Association of Realtors  are in unison, projecting that rates will increase by this time next year.

An increase in rates will impact YOUR monthly mortgage payment. A year from now, your housing expense will increase if a mortgage is necessary to buy your next home.

3. Either Way, You Are Paying a Mortgage  

There are some renters who have not yet purchased a home because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage  – either yours or your landlord’s.

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’  that allows you to have equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee your landlord is the person with that equity.

Are you ready to put your housing cost to work for you?

4. It's Time to Move on With Your Life

The ‘cost’ of a home is determined by two major components: the price of the home and the current mortgage rate. It appears that both are on the rise.

But what if they weren’t? Would you wait?

Look at the actual reason you are buying and decide if it is worth waiting. Whether you want to have a great place for your children to grow up, you want your family to be safer or you just want to have control over renovations, maybe now is the time to buy.

If purchasing a home for you and your family is the right thing for you to do this year, buying sooner rather than later could lead to substantial savings.

By Eddie Yandle 13 Sep, 2017
This stunning masterpiece by Executive Construction Homes is located in the prestigious gated community of Beaver Park/Woodcreek Farms! We've designed this beautiful home with entertaining and family in mind. This open and airy floor plan offers soaring ceilings, heavy moldings and loaded with gorgeous hardwood floors. The kitchen is a showplace in itself with an expansive center island, custom cabinetry, back-splash, and Thermador stainless appliances including a double oven. 1st floor owner’s suite has a phenomenal shower complete with body sprays! An additional guest suite is located on the main level. There are two additional bedrooms upstairs; each with private baths. An unfinished bonus room is available if more room is needed. See MORE INFORMATION HERE!
By Eddie Yandle 23 Aug, 2017

We previously informed  you about a study conducted by  TransUnion titled, “The Bubble, the Burst and Now – What Happened to the Consumer?”   The study revealed that 1.5 million homeowners who were negatively impacted by the housing crisis could re-enter the housing market between 2016-2019.

Recently , HousingWire  analyzed data from the US Bankruptcy Courts  and revealed that 6 million Americans will have their bankruptcies disappear off their credit reports over the next five years and that this could “ possibly send a flood of more homebuyers into the housing market.

The chart below shows the total number of bankruptcies filed by year in the US over the last 10 years. The light blue bars represent over 3.3 million people who have already waited the 7 years necessary for their reports to no longer include their bankruptcies.

By Eddie Yandle 18 Aug, 2017
As the countdown begins to the historic total solar eclipse on Monday, Richland County is welcoming the expected thousands of visitors to the area with signs displayed at multiple entry points into the County. The signs announce, “Home of the Longest Total Solar Eclipse on the East Coast” with the Richland County eclipse hashtag #RCtotaleclipse. Richland County Public Works crews affixed the eight signs along main roadways into the County, including Two Notch, Broad River, Monticello, Garners Ferry, Winnsboro, McCords Ferry and Percival roads as well as Wilson Boulevard.

Five Tips for Total Solar Eclipse Monday Read more- Courtesy of Richland weekly review
Visitors from around the world will descend upon Richland County and join residents Monday to watch a total solar eclipse darken the sky for more than two minutes. Here are several important tips to keep in mind for the historic day:
  • Richland County Government offices will be open for business 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Stay protected from mosquitoes. Birds infected with West Nile virus were recently discovered in Richland County. When outdoors, apply mosquito repellent and wear protective clothing.
  • Glasses on. Glasses off. Glasses on. Wear solar glasses before totality, take them off during totality and put them back on after totality. It is only safe to take off solar glasses during the moment of totality when the sun is blocked by the moon.
  • Visit rcgov.us  and tune in to RCTV (Spectrum Ch. 1302, Spectrum Ch. 2 in some parts of the County or AT&T U-Verse Ch. 99) for information about the eclipse. Follow Richland County on Facebook  and Twitter  (@RichlandSC) for eclipse news and updates.
  • Richland County EMS crews will carry extra bottles of water to hand out.

By Eddie Yandle 18 Aug, 2017
It's important to protect yourself from mosquitoes while outdoors! Click above for important reminders about reducing your exposure to mosquito bites. Courtesy of Richland Weekly Review
By Eddie Yandle 10 Aug, 2017
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There are over a dozen lakes and several parks sprinkled throughout the neighborhoods of Woodcreek Farms, perfect for relaxing seclusion or family-fun events.

You can enjoy a nice afternoon picnic with your family in any of our convenient parks. Or, you can join all of the residents of Woodcreek Farms, as each Spring and Fall the developers of Woodcreek Farms holds a Party in the Park for all residents at the Park at the Village, with events and activities for kids of all ages, delicious seasonal food and a fun band for the entire family to enjoy.

Our residents enjoy several hundred acres of lake shoreline - watching the ducks glide along the blue, open water, or taking their kids out for an afternoon of fishing and relaxation.

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