Hello Friends,
You may have seen us moving plants around recently, and we will be cutting down some pine trees soon.  As usual, changes are coming!  By next Spring, we will have a new entrance off Pilgrim Church Rd. and more parking.  To make room for added parking spaces, we are taking down some pine trees and shifting our plants back into the area where the trees are now. The current entrance off Pilgrim Church Rd. is too close to the traffic light, so we are closing that off and making a new entrance where the road crests about 100 yards back from the intersection.  It's a major undertaking, but we hope it will make getting in and out of our parking area easier, quicker, and safer for you!

Wally & Delores Steinhauser
photo contest
2017 Wingard's Photo Contest 
It's a race to get the most "Likes" by the end of summer. 
 
We will be giving away three Gift Certificates:
Grand Prize  - Most Facebook "Likes" - $50 Gift Certificate
Wingard's Staff Choice  - $25 Gift Certificate
Best "Wildlife in the Garden"  photo  - $25 Gift Certificate
(butterflies, bees, birds, frogs, snakes, deer, etc.)
wings and things
Spring Azure Butterfly
Invite the Spring Azure Butterfly
to your Garden
 
These delicate, beautiful butterflies will swarm your garden if you provide them their native host plant, Meadowsweet Spirea. Its white blossoms attract all different kinds of pollinators, but the Spring Azure Butterfly loves it the most. The plant is deer resistant, and the birds will eat the seeds it produces in the fall.  The perfect addition to your backyard garden!  

frog log
Oh...the Sounds of Summer! 
It wouldn't be summer if we didn't hear and see lots of frogs, toads, turtles, and snakes around.  Typically this time of year the Tree Frogs are showing up at night making beautiful noise and picking off the bugs that fly around the night lights. For those of you with pools, you may start to notice your skimmer has a surprise for you come morning.  We have a great product at Wing's & Things called a "Frog Log." It gives frogs, snakes, and turtles that fall into your pool a way to get out instead of having died and or get fished out by a skimmer.
Ask Zach

Can a frog live in my swimming pool?
  • No, swimming pools can be toxic to frogs because they'll absorb the chlorine through their skin, which can kill them after prolonged exposure to the chemical.
garden center
Embrace the Shade
Embrace the Shade in your SC Garden 
Unless you've lived in the Midlands in July and August there's no way to describe "hot" other than blistering, all day, bake in the sun heat! As South Carolinians, we're always on the lookout for a lush, shady hideaway in our gardens. Here at Wingard's Market, we want to help you make your shade garden the ideal spot to retreat from the hot summer sun.
Your garden is all planted by now, and you should be seeing the fruits of your labor in both beautiful blooms and fresh produce.  Even so, there's always something to be done, whether it's pruning, tidying or deadheading. 
  • Do Step 3 in Wingard's DIY Lawn Maintenance Program.  This involves fertilizing your lawn.  For St. Augustine Grass, the fertilizer should be applied in June.  For all other grasses, do it in July.
  • Fertilome Yield Booster
    WATER, WATER, WATER.  Just like you, plants need water to live and to thrive.  Arrange for someone to water your plants while you are on vacation.  We have "tree gators" for trees and "plant nannies" for containers.
  • Prevent Blossom End Rot on Your Tomatoes - Keep the soil of your tomato plants consistently moist.  They don't like vacillating between very wet and very dry.  You may also spray the plants with Fertilome Yield Booster to help prevent this common problem.
  • grub free zone
    Combat Slugs & Snails without Harming Pets - Espoma Earth-tone Slug & Snail Control.  It is certified as an organic gardening product and is safe to use around pets.
  • Get ahead of Japanese Beetles for Next Year - Apply Hi-Yield Grub Free Zone  to your lawn during the summer to kill the grubs and help prevent the beetles from invading next year.
  • If you're having trouble with caterpillars eating your vegetable plants, use Fertilome Dipel Dust.  It is a biological insecticide, made from naturally occurring bacterium found in soil and on plant leaves.  Once the  larvae feed on the dust, a reaction occurs within their digestive system which deters them from further eating and kills them within 1-3 days.   Studies have shown that Dipel does not harm humans, the environment or beneficial insects that are their natural predators.
  • MosquitoGo
    To repel mosquitos, spread Fertilome MosquitoGo in the outdoor areas where you spend your time. This granular product, made with cedar oil, creates an irritant scent barrier to mosquitos and is not detrimental to beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies and lady bugs.  It's safe to use around children and pets when used as directed.
    directed.
just in

Just In
  • Umbrella Palm (cyperus alternifolius) - This grass-like perennial loves water.  The blades of grass are topped by palm-like foliage.  Although this tropical-looking plant is usually zoned for warmer climates than ours, we have had it planted by our water feature in front of Wingard's for about 10 years.  It comes back, reliably, every Spring.    
  • Beauty Berry - If you're looking for an instant screen, we have four very large mature Beauty Berry 'Early Amethyst' plants that are on sale.  Originally $99.99, now $50.  The "beauty" in beauty berry is the bright purple berries that  cluster densely along the stems of the plant in the Fall.    
  • Autumn Bonfire Encore Azalea - This is Encore's newest variety, which is not due to be released until next Spring.  Somehow, we were able to get our hands on them early.   Bonfire is a fast-growing dwarf azalea, which glows with numerous, true red, semi-double and single blooms in spring, summer and fall. Autumn Bonfire holds its bright green foliage year-round.  For best results, we recommend all azaleas be planted in an area that has some protection from direct afternoon sun in the summer.
houseplants

Just In - Houseplants

Purify the air in your home or workspace with indoor plants!  We just received an awesome shipment, including the hard-to-find-but-everybody-wants-them Fiddle Leaf Figs!

1. Fiddle Leaf Fig - 2.  Jade Plant - 3.  Indoor Succulents - 4.  Venus Fly Trap
 
june blooming
What's Blooming
  • Butterfly Bushes - Many varieties.  Many colors.  Butterflies and bees love them.  Plant one to help your favorite pollinator.
  • Bloomstruck Hydrangeas - This is Endless Summer's newest variety.  It's colors are striking and can be changed depending on soil pH.  You can have vivid rose-pink or purple hydrangea flower heads. Because of BloomStruck's extremely strong stems, above average heat tolerance and great disease resistance - especially to powdery mildew - it is a perfect combination of beauty and hardiness for your garden!
  • Chinzan (or Chinsoy) Azaleas - This popular low growing June blooming azalea is a nice addition to the shadier areas of your yard.  It has a compact habit with small, dark green, pointed leaves.  The bloom is vivid pink.  For best results, plant it in an area which is protected from direct afternoon sun in the summer.
on sale
Select Annuals 50% off
Roses 50% off  
(except knockouts and drifts)
Lemon & Lime Trees 25% off
Tropicals 50% off 
Cole's Black Oil Sunflower & Cajun Cardinal Birdseed 4 0% off
gift shoppe
june gift shoppe specials
Styling for the Lake at Wingard's Gift Shoppe
  • Miss Morgan is sporting our new  Lake Murray Bella Razor Back Tank Top. Available in 2 colors, Melon & Turquoise. Plus our very popular  Turkish Cotton Bathing Suit Cover Up, that also doubles as a super cute versatile fashion piece with a dress!
  • Silicone Lake People Wine Cups are the perfect wine or drink cup when enjoying the lake with friends.  
  • Kikkerland Super Mini Fans fit perfectly in your purse or bag and provide a breeze when the weather is South Carolina Hot.
  • The Original Booty Buddy helps to protect your bathing suit bottoms when sitting on the side of the pool. You can also use them at the beach or at the park with your pet. 
produce market
Peach Outlook
peaches
A Note from Mark Balser, our Produce Manager:

As the fresh produce season progresses into our Peach Season, I'm sure most have heard of the significant crop loss because of the late freeze this spring.  Estimates have ranged from 60 to 80 percent crop loss for peaches this year in South Carolina and Georgia.  As I shop the farmer's market each day, I have noticed that the volume of peaches coming in has dropped significantly and the price has increased.   Prices for peaches have increased on average 70 percent since last year.  I also have heard that depending on varieties we may have times during the season in which production levels will drop and the availability will stop or slow.
 
I don't expect to see prices come down this season.   To date, the quality has been awesome.   Let's hope for the best, that we will continue to have our South Carolina peaches. Remember, what we sell is grown in our home state; we do not bring peaches in from California.
 
Peak Season In the Market 
july produce
It is officially produce season with most produce coming in from South Carolina
  • ORGANIC Heirloom Tomatoes from Sylvan Farms from Saluda, SC
  • Hybrid Tomatoes from Jackson Brothers Farms from Pelion, SC
  • Butter Beans and Peas coming in from Yandle's, Richland County
  • Sweet Corn from Rawl Farms, Lexington County
  • Green Beans and Kentucky Pole Beans from Lexington County
  • Squash and Cucumbers from Lexington County
  • Eggplant from Lexington County
  • Boiled and Raw Peanuts from Georgia and SC
  • Watermelons and Cantaloupes from Blackville, SC
  • Peaches from Ridge Springs, SC
  • Blueberries from NC (SC lost most of it's crop due to freeze)
Local Products at the Market:
  • Fresh and Frozen Coastal Shrimp, NC/SC Coast
  • Flower Boutquets from Floral and Hardy in Red Bank, SC
  • Baked Goods from JoAnn Moss from Irmo, SC
  • Loveland Coffee from Beach Loveland, Irmo, SC
  • Added new Sweet and Unsweet Bottled Tea line called Tea's Tea
  • Added new Butter Line called Banner Gourmet Butter, Artison
  • Added King of Pops Popsicles, Atlanta, GA
  • and so much more...
workshops _ events
Purple Martins
Join us as we take you on a Guided Purple Martin Tour of the "Bomb Island" roost with Zach Steinhauser, our resident wildlife specialist, and manager of Wingard's "Wings & Things".  Join Zach and Master Captain Kenny Hardee for an informative cruise to Bomb Island, from Jake's Landing. 

Reservations can be made at Wing's & Things or ordered over the phone by calling 803.359.9091
How to Be Snake Safe in the Garden
How many snakes have you seen in your yard this year?  Can you tell the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes?  Do you realize that snakes play a very important role in the balance of nature around your home?  
raised beds
Raised garden beds dry out more quickly and must be watered sometimes twice a day in the heat of the summer.  Come learn how to make your own simple, inexpensive, automatic irrigation system for a square foot garden or other raised bed.   
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