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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  11:53:04 AM  Show Profile
Howdy from South Carolina! I'm Tara. My husband and 2 Siamese cats live in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Garden zone 7B.
I named my property Sweetgrass Pond. I love Sweetgrass and want to plant some in this space. I'm going to add a cottage garden to part of small space between side porch and corner of house. I thought I'd bring you along for my journey. This is my project, I'll be doing all the work myself. And this project will take months. I'm waiting on a potting bench to be delivered and that will go under the 2 windows. I have to work around meters, hose reel and cable lines. The 165 gallon pond has been installed in the back yard, 1 of many projects and my husband and I added a small beachy area. I'll take a picture of the pond and share it with ya'll soon. I'd like to plant flowers in colors of peach, coral, pinks and white
I love seashells, sea turtles, dragonflies and frogs. I can't live at the ocean , but I'm happy to be in the mountains again.
And I may share pictures of other projects or what's happening on the property. Suggestions are welcome for garden ideas.

Today's good mood brought to you by coffee

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023

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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9270 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9270 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  12:20:34 PM  Show Profile
Sounds like you have lots of fun ahead of you Tara! We had planned to add flowers to our gardens this year but other projects needed priority and now we are in a hot spell. Still plan to do it but will wait for it to cool a little. We really need some rain at present.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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Edited by - levisgrammy on Jun 01 2023 12:21:08 PM
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3028 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3028 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  2:04:44 PM  Show Profile
I can't wait to see your progress! It sounds like it's going to be amazing.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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Wanda Sue
True Blue Farmgirl

1135 Posts

Wanda
Murrells Inlet SC
USA
1135 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  2:57:01 PM  Show Profile
Hello Tara, your garden plans sound wonderful and I can’t wait to see your photos and progress. I recently moved to the coast of South Carolina in Murrells Inlet. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.

Farm Girl #3677
FGOTM August 2022
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1467 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1467 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  6:33:38 PM  Show Profile
It will be fun to see your progress, Tara! :)

I have found that gardening evolves over time. What I used to love 10-15 years ago has changed and morphed into something different. But I love all the colors and textures that flowers, grasses, and ornaments bring to my yard! :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1629 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1629 Posts

Posted - Jun 01 2023 :  7:52:17 PM  Show Profile
Hi Tara, sounds like you'll be busy. It will be fun to see your progress.

Hugs,
Laurie
Country girl at heart
"Smile and be yourself everyday."




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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6837 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6837 Posts

Posted - Jun 02 2023 :  06:13:46 AM  Show Profile
Tara, you are off to a good start, loved seeing your pictures. Enjoy every step along the way of creating the garden you want.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 & Feb 2019

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jun 02 2023 :  07:01:36 AM  Show Profile

A visitor. Black bears are seen in the NW part of SC. This one was has been roaming the neighborhood.
Just Mother Nature keeping the eco-system healthy.

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Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6779 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6779 Posts

Posted - Jun 02 2023 :  1:13:01 PM  Show Profile
Hello Tara. It sounds like you will be super busy this summer, but it sounds like it will be lots of fun. I look forward to seeing the updates you post.

What a neat visitor. It's awesome that you were able to catch that on camera. I would love to see what sort of creatures roam around us. There wouldn't be any bears though.

Krista
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

6534 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
6534 Posts

Posted - Jun 03 2023 :  08:33:46 AM  Show Profile
Tara, you new homestead sounds beautiful and all of your plans will be fun and rewarding. Enjoy your summer and the gorgeous Fall that will be coming your way in those lower Appalachian Mountains. And don't forget to go apple picking up there for our annual September Farmgirl Apple Festival that we celebrate here at MJF Chatroom! Thanks for sharing pictures too and look forward to more glimpses of your new home.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jun 11 2023 :  3:36:53 PM  Show Profile
I had surgery on my right foot. I tried to do too much and now paying for it in a lot of pain.
I'm mending. I'll get photos up soon

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Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1629 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1629 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2023 :  08:45:13 AM  Show Profile
Take care Tara and get that foot on the mend. Prayers for you.

Hugs,
Laurie
Country girl at heart
"Smile and be yourself everyday."
Sister #8572 6/9/2023



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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

4958 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
4958 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2023 :  2:18:05 PM  Show Profile
Hi Tara, Prayers that foot heals quickly so you can get back to what you love. I'm excited to keep up with Sweet Grass Pond! Thanks for bringing us along.

Connie #3392
Imagine....
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2023 :  4:09:13 PM  Show Profile


I have tendonitis. Til this goes away I'll be off my feet. My husband said he would help with the project. He put the solar fountain together.
I love that it has turtles.

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Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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Audra Rose
True Blue Farmgirl

2217 Posts

Vanessa
Brooksville KY
USA
2217 Posts

Posted - Jun 12 2023 :  5:36:09 PM  Show Profile
So cute! I would love to get a good sturdy birdbath for my yard.

Vanessa
Farmgirl Sister #6754
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laurzgot
True Blue Farmgirl

1629 Posts

Laurie
Alvin Texas
USA
1629 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2023 :  09:16:38 AM  Show Profile
Love it Tara. I want one.

Hugs,
Laurie
Country girl at heart
"Smile and be yourself everyday."
Sister #8572 6/9/2023



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Killarney
True Blue Farmgirl

4958 Posts

Connie
Arlington TN
USA
4958 Posts

Posted - Jun 13 2023 :  3:27:09 PM  Show Profile
Love it! and the turtle is so cute!!
Connie #3392
Imagine....
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jun 16 2023 :  10:09:49 AM  Show Profile

My sugar snap vines still producing. Fresh picked snap peas to have with dinner tonight.
I'll be planting more snaps early August for an Autumn harvest.

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Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

17082 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
17082 Posts

Posted - Jun 17 2023 :  4:58:49 PM  Show Profile
Tara,, don't you just luv Trail Cams? We spot the most interesting night visitors with ours. Sometimes in the day time too! recently a Fox who had just snagged a Quail..

Zone 7B, you lucky ducky.. I bounce between 4A-to in some years to a 5A but mostly 4A due to our particular location..
Spokane is always 8-10 degrees warmer then us so planting season is a few weeks earlier.


>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2023 :  08:42:41 AM  Show Profile
I was walking on land this am and saw this Eastern Box turtle near front steps. I placed turtle on step to photograph.
I have new camera! Once I figure out how to use I'll get more photos of what's going on at Sweetgrass Pond

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023

Edited by - lovecatsandsunshine on Jul 21 2023 4:26:28 PM
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6779 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6779 Posts

Posted - Jul 21 2023 :  4:31:04 PM  Show Profile
Tara, I love your fountain. It's very pretty.
Your turtle visitor is cute. It would be so neat if we could find something like that here.

Krista
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

6534 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
6534 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2023 :  09:17:59 AM  Show Profile
Tara, it looks like lots of summer fun is unfolding at Sweetgrass Pond! Just curious about coffee. What is your favorite? I love coffee too but have to drink Decaf which does limit a few choices.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2023 :  10:54:13 AM  Show Profile
I like store brands of decaf coffee.
In the summer I drink more iced tea(and not Southern sweet).

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

17082 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
17082 Posts

Posted - Jul 23 2023 :  10:06:17 PM  Show Profile
Tara, yep, I cut back on coffee and OD on iced tea,, with just a pinch of sugar.. I like my iced tea, crisp...

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

248 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
248 Posts

Posted - Jul 24 2023 :  05:09:06 AM  Show Profile


Homemade lemonade to enjoy with dinner. I cut up 6 lemons and threw them in this bowl of sugar water. I boil water then add about a cup and smidge of cane sugar.
The longer the lemons have time to sit, the better the flavor.
Leftover lemonade will go into freezer molds for ice pops

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!

Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023

Edited by - lovecatsandsunshine on Jul 24 2023 05:09:33 AM
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

17082 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
17082 Posts

Posted - Jul 24 2023 :  10:02:26 PM  Show Profile
Yum! fresh homemade Lemonade... and the best part.. no high fructose corn syrup or fake colors!!!!

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!
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