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Sunday Reflections…

All these dark, wet days really limit what we can do outside. Add in the the fact that the days are steadily getting shorter and shorter & it kinda gets … depressing.

The Winter Solstice (December 21st) marks the shortest day of the year. Good News is – the day after, the days start getting LONGER again! THIS Friday is the Day! YES!

BUT, this morning was so beautiful! Beautiful sunrise & decent temps makes for a nice Sunday morning! I walked around the garden a bit and suddenly had so many ideas flowing through my mind! Changes & new things get me excited! These ideas and plans help get me through to Spring 😊 Now I’m sitting on the swing typing out this mornings BLOG post.

Take it from me – Beat the Winter blues! Get outside every chance you get… It’s the best medicine 😊

 

”From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens –                            The garden outdoors,                                       The garden of pots and bowls in the house,    And the garden of the mind’s eye.”

~ Katherine S. White

 

 

Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻

~ Mark C.



A few of my Favorite Christmas Songs

Music is a HUGE part of Christmas for me and my family! During the holidays there is almost always music playing around the house and around the office too😊

So my son and I started making our “Top 5 Favorite Christmas Music List” – NOT of all time – a current list of songs based off our own playlists… HaHa 😆- Here’s mine… Jacob, it’s your turn 🎅🏻

Merry Christmas Y’all!

Jimmy B. is ALWAYS on my Christmas mix!

This is a favorite for sure! It could play in the background all day on Christmas 🎄 😊

No Christmas would be complete with the Red Headed Stranger! 🎅🏻

Everyone that loves Christmas music plays this one on the holidays, and EVERYONE has done this classic! This is my favorite artists version from way back!

Last one – #5. This is a newer one from one of my favorite artists. Great story song & a great reminder that some are in need of a kind word and a friend around the holidays 😊

Merry Christmas Y’all! 🎄 🎅🏻❤️

~ Mark Carter



Friday Radio Report…

Great show today with the 180’Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass!

It is a rainy, overcast day but Christmas is in the air!

Come visit Carters Nursery for some unique Christmas gifts. Our most popular gift is a Carters Nursery Gift Certificate! Come by and get one today!

 

Al Overton of Overton Hardwood Floors was in the studio. He talked about finishing hardwood floors and the attention to detail that it takes to get a perfect floor finish. http://overtonflooringjackson.com/

 

Dan Reaves is doing a special Christmas open house at Grubbs Grocery tomorrow, Saturday the 15th. – Free samples & special gifts so don’t miss it!!

Come by tomorrow for the Christmas open house!

 

Gardening is still a relevant subject too! LOTS of chores and things to do …

  •  leaf cleanup!
  • composting
  • cutting back perennials
  • trimming trees
  • planting spring flowering bulbs
  • planting shrubs & trees 🌳
  • mulching & more!

 

There’s a HUGE event tonight (starts at 7pm.!) over at Lambuth college! You can get your tickets at the door – Check it out at the link below! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-our-jackson-home-holiday-show-hosted-by-lolo-tickets-52037222734

Support RIFA and come hear some great music TONIGHT!

Heres one of my favorite Christmas songs that I just ❤️! Even though it’s a melancholy tune… Enjoy 😊

Thanks for all the calls and texts!

Merry Christmas y’all!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Old Friends and Christmas Songs –

Yesterday would have been my friend Bill Ways 75th. birthday. We were both Sagittarians (Birthdays between – Nov. 22nd – Dec. 21st.) and I learned over time that we had much in common – Love of animals, the TN. River, old cars, and music were just a few! Bill was a ‘Music Aficionado” & could blow your mind with his vast knowledge of the music world! He not only knew obscure songs and artists, he knew about the history of the song in question, even down to who played the instruments on the studio tracks! He WOWED many a listener, ME included! This time of year he was heavily into playing Christmas songs, many that you never heard of… So, I want to play a Christmas song in Bills memory. This was one of his favorites and is now one of mine.

PS: Grab a tissue first, you might need it!

 

Merry Christmas Y’all! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Sunday Reflections…

What a perfect wintry morning! It’s freezing cold, sleet and freezing rain have been coming down, and I just turned 50 years old! 😳

Everyone has been asking me “How does it feel to turn 50”? So I’ve been reflecting & pondering on the question… 🤔

This has always been my philosophy. Growing older is a privilege & if your lucky, you’ll age gracefully … But you don’t have to fully “grow up”! 😊

50 feels pretty good really! I’ve been blessed with a great family & wonderful friends & I love ❤️ my Job! Plus, it’s almost Christmas 🎄

Christmas is coming fast this year!

Christmas is coming fast this year! But, we are all ready for a wonderful Christmas with family & friends 🎅🏻

Thank you All for the outpouring of love the last couple days! It made hitting the “Half Century Mark” a pleasure 😍

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

~ Sophia Loren.

Peace, Love & Merry Christmas!

Mark Carter

 

 



Friday Radio Report…

Awesome day today with the 180 Crew! Special guests Lori Nunnery & LoLo we’re in the studio talking about local events.

Check this one out!

Support RIFA and come hear some great music! Next Friday the 14th.!

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– We talked about fall & winter garden chores, LOTS to do outside!

  •  Cleaning up the landscape
  • trimming trees
  • planting shrubs, trees & Bulbs
  • Leaf cleanup
  • composting!
  • Whitewashing trees – why? To protect the trunk from sun & insects.

– We also talked about Christmas traditions & gifts, etc. including one of our Biggies at the nursery – The Christmas Pond Package! What is that? Well it’s a very special gift indeed. You take a custom made gift box home to put under the tree 🌲 In the box is a video showing you what to expect from your new purchase  – A hand made card accompanies the gift box. Then the recipient calls me and we set up a Personal Design Consultation and design your new water feature, then the crew from Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio comes out and builds your new Custom Water Feature. Call Carters Nursery today for more details – 731-424-2206.

Today is my birthday 🎂 Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

Basking in my Birthday happiness 😊

There’s a chance of snow over the weekend! But, the good kind! 😊 No accumulation is expected! So we get the beauty but not the bad roads… Enjoy

Great show today! Thanks & Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎅🏻

 

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

 

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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Hump Day Koi Fix – Cool Koi Facts | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Wednesday, AKA: Hump Day! The day of the week that I like to blog about Koi. I have spent a lot of time lately blogging about Koi colors & markings and different varieties, etc… Today how about some fun facts… –

Some of my Koi. The Big Sanke in the middle of the pack – right below the Koi with the yellow ‘Ki’ head) is named Jaws 🙂 I got him when he was 15 years old. He lived another 15 years in my Pond and died at the age of 30 or so. A Koi breeder told me thats probably a good average age for a domestic Koi in a backyard Water Garden. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

 

10 Cool Koi Facts –

1- Did you know that Koi and Goldfish aren’t the same species? Koi are descendants of common Carp and weren’t selectively bred until the 1800’s.
2- Goldfish were bred for their beauty and were prized by collectors 100’s of years before Koi were developed.
3- Koi were originally used as a food source. They were originally brought to Japan for this sole purpose.
4- Koi get MUCH larger than Goldfish! The largest measured/recorded Koi was 4 feet in length & weighed over 90 pounds! WOW!

WOW! This is a HUGE Koi! Koi can grow up to 48″ in length and weigh over 50+ pounds…

5- Koi can live a LONG time! The oldest recorded Koi was named ‘Hanako’, (pronounced han-nah-koh) which means ‘Flower Maid’ in Japanese. Hanako lived to be 226 years old! WOW!

6- The aquatic plants in your Koi Pond not only look beautiful and provide natural habitat, they help provide much needed SHADE! Koi sunburn badly!
7- Koi LOVE different foods! Try feeding them lettuce, peas, watermelon and oranges!

It’s time to feed the fish 🙂 Try something different. Koi LOVE fresh fruit and veggies too!

8- We love them for their bright,beautiful colors, but, their colors make them a target for predators like Herons and other birds of prey. Install a ‘Fish Cave’ to give them a place to hide from danger.
9- One female Koi can lay as many as 50,000 eggs during a breeding season! Up to 50% can hatch… WOW! That’s a LOT of babies!
10- Koi are intelligent and trainable! You can easily train your koi to eat from your hand and to ring a bell for a treat! Prety Cool!

 

I LOVE learning more about my finned friends and I hope you do too!

Happy Pondering! and Merry Christmas!🎄

PS: Koi make a wonderful gift! 🎅🏻

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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