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Sunday Reflections…

The daffodils 🌼 are blooming! The daffodils are blooming!

Nothing says Spring more than blooming Daffodils 🌼

Everywhere I look I’m seeing Spring! 🌼 I feel a fog lifting off my brain this time of year. I guess it’s the seasonal depression of winter leaving 🥶 But no matter what it is, I Love it! I watched the sun come up this morning and the birds love it as well! 😊 So much activity!
Well, it’s time for breakfast 🥞 Then, I’m out for the day! Enjoy the coming Spring!

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
~ William Wordsworth

Mark Carter



Old Friends Remembered

This day, 22 years ago Andy Johns was killed in a head on collision. I guess I will always remember that day… We had lunch that afternoon then rode around & caught up a bit. After he left my house he was going by to see his daughter before heading back home. He never made it, he was killed on the way back to Parsons down in Chesterfield bottom.

Friends to the end. Rest In Peace Andy 🙏🏻

I can’t count how many days we worked together, or how many games of pool we played. Andy was one of a kind and a true friend! I served as a Pallbearer along side his brother Shane and several other members of his family. I’ll never forget that day either…

Old friends never really die, they live on in our memories ❤️

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die”

~ Thomas Campbell

Mark Carter



Friday Report | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good Morning! I’m walking in the door of The Dixie Cafe at the World Famous ‘Old Country Store’ located in Casey Jones Village, right here in beautiful Jackson, TN! I am going LIVE from 9-11am With Dan Reaves and Seabass on the 360! We are going to talk about Outdoor Living, Gardening and the season that is upon us… Spring is In the air!

Tune in 101.5 FM OR stop by and grab some breakfast 🍳 and say Hi 👋🏻

 LOTS of stuff happening in the garden right now! 
– Trimming and pruning! 
– Clean up under your fruit trees! And apply dormant oil! 
– Design and planting of shrubs and trees! 
– Mulching! And Cool Season Gardening is back!

Stop in and get some top soil, compost, pond supplies and more! https://carterslandscape.com/wp/contact

Jo and the ladies at the Boutique have a great selection of clothing and gifts for you, with Spring in mind! Come by and say hi 😊

The Boutique in the garden is open and ready to serve you!

– Tune in! 93.1 or 101.5 FM 9-11am. Today! Jackson, TN
– Call in with ALL you questions! 731-891-6161

Fishy Friday’s are back for 2021! 20% off KOI ALL DAY at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio!

Thanks and have a great weekend!!

PS: Carters Nursery is open to serve you! But, please remember to be courteous, wear your mask inside and keep your social distance … God Bless.

– I’m on the 360 with Sea Bass & Dan Reaves Fridays from 9-11am Call in with ALL your Outdoor Living questions 731-891-6161

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Germantown, TN

Yes, it’s already #waterfallwednesday again… And I wanted to share this beautiful little waterfall. Is it a natural Waterfall? Or, did I design and build it? In other words… “Is it live or is it Memorex”?

Drum 🥁 Roll… We actually designed and built this one several years ago in a shady backyard in Germantown Tennessee. Boom 💥

That is why it’s so important to use specimen quality stone! Native Aquatic Plants are a big part as well! And don’t leave out drift wood, mossy stumps and the like, they make it so much more ‘Naturally Beautiful’!

Enjoy your day! #waterfallwednesday!

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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6 Things Koi Keepers Always Do In Their Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

6 Things Koi Keepers Always Do In Their Ponds | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN


1- Koi Keepers always keep a Debris Net handy! Murphy’s Law applies to your Pond! IF it can get in your Pond, it eventually will… So having a sturdy Debris Net handy, is a must!

A sturdy Pond Net with an extendible handle is an invaluable tool! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

2- Koi Keepers always add Beneficial Bacteria to their Ponds. It does a great job of helping you keep the water clean and healthy with minimal effort.

Adding Beneficial Bacteria to your pond on a regular basis is a smart move! Crystal Clear Water will be your reward.

3- Koi Keepers always keep an eye on Aquatic Plant growth. They have learned that spending just a few minutes a week touching up their plants, makes them perform beautifully throughout the season!

4- Koi Keepers feed their “Finned Friends” top quality Koi Food! They make sure that their Koi Food is high quality and doesn’t have corn 🌽 in the top 3 ingredients. 

Feeding your Koi quality food is a must! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

5- Koi Keepers keep their Ponds clean! Spring and Fall Pond Maintenance is a MUST! They always start the Spring season with a comprehensive Pond Cleaning. Then they follow up with partial water changes as needed and Fall Pond Netting.

6- Koi Keepers spend quality time out by their Ponds with friends, family and of course, their Koi! They have learned that the Greatest Thing About Having A Pond, is spending time around it. They have learned that ‘A Pond will change your life!’

Making memories ❤️

Thanks! Have a wonderful day 😊

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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Hello March! Hello Spring 💐 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Tennessee

Yes! March is the 1st Month of Spring 💐 It’s also the month we “Spring Forward”, which I actually love ❤️ because I like to stay outside in the evenings after work… I know there are no more hours or time in the day, BUT, it’s always so nice to have the evenings back! March 1st is the 60th day of the year… And now is when the Magic starts to happen! The Daffodils and many other early Spring bulbs start blooming, along with other harbingers of the season like the ‘Yellow Bell’ Forsythia, Quince, Oriental Magnolias and so many other native trees and shrubs… We are entering the most exciting time of the year!

Nothing says Spring more than blooming Daffodils 🌼
There is something about seeing the Yellow Bells’ blooming that brings SPRING into sharp focus! Get ready, it’s Happening!
A Redbud (Cercis canadensis) in full Spring bloom. One of my favorite early Spring blooming trees | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN
Saucer’ Magnolia – (Magnolia × soulangeana). A harbinger of Spring! This one has been growing in my garden for decades! Sooo beautiful 🙂 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

There’s only one thing that Spring brings that I don’t like…


Oh well… Ya’ gotta take the good with the bad sometimes! 😊

Have a good one!

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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Sunday Reflections…

Have you stepped outside this morning? It’s almost hot! Immediately I was buzzed by several mosquitoes 🦟 What a difference a week makes! Tomorrow is March 1st! The 1st. month of Spring! Also the month we run the clocks forward… ‘Spring forward’ is the term I do believe, and that happens 2 weeks from today! 😳

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring! The longer days, staying outside, getting back in the garden. Bring it!

Breakfast calls, then, who knows 😊

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.”
~ M. Romeo LaFlamme, The First of March

Enjoy your day!

Mark C.



Saturday Plant Sale! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’m letting you know that We are Clearing out all plant stock to make way for Spring! LOTS of great plants at GREAT deals right now! We are open today from 8-2pm.

PS: Mulch is on sale too! $20 per scoop including tax! Boom 💥

Y’all come!

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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Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Today I got a cool Facebook memory of a Garden Show we did 9 or 10 years ago that really took me back. Back in the “Old Days” we would do 3-5 Spring Garden Shows every year. It was just the way things were done, and I loved it! I planned them very carefully, I worked up scale drawings, then hand picked plants and stone etc. etc. Just like it was a Project that would transform a real Landscape! But in reality, we would spend 4-5 days building it, 3 days manning the display booth & then 2-3 more days tearing it down and putting things back into inventory! WOW 😳 It was A LOT of investment and a LOT of work! But, we were able to shown people what we could do! And we won many awards for our efforts. Best of Show (many times). Best Waterfall, River of Dreams. Best Designer. Most Creative Design. Etc.

Now days you can look at my Facebook page, or my Pinterest page, or my Instagram page… Or come to my 7 acre Aquatic Garden Center with Pond’s and Waterfalls and Koi 😊 Most any day of the week!

So for Educating the Consumer, it’s much more Awesome! But, sometimes it’s nice to look back at how we used to do things and smile 😊

Here’s to cool Throwbacks. Sometimes progress is a good thing 😊

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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

It’s Waterfall Wednesday and I’ve got a full blown case of Spring Fever! So I thought I would share my sickness with you all 😊 Here’s what’s “Coming soon” to a Koi Pond near YOU!

#Waterfallwednesday is always a good day! I hope you enjoyed my little glimpse of Spring ❤️ A little taste of what’s to come…

I’ve got tha Spring Fever, and the ONLY prescription is more Waterfalls!

Here’s to Waterfall Wednesday!

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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