I wouldn't call it too late. If you can get a package, the equipment and the spot, I say go for it!
Too early? :scratch:It might be too early to find any to buy.
Try as Omie suggested or get listed on some swarm lists.. Ebeehoney.com, findabeekeeper.com or honeyrunapiaries.com. Unfortunately the "remaining" bees had nowhere to go. But its defiantly not too late to start a hive in SC! Its the right time!!!!Put up a couple of swarm lure boxes.