Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

We spent yesterday on the boat with the dogs enjoying what was maybe the last Hot day of the season… It got up to 89 degrees, the sky was strikingly blue & the river was smooth and so nice 😊 We have had quite a few unseasonably Hot days this Fall! It’s like Summer wasn’t giving up without a fight…

Nature Knows! The Monarch butterflies were moving south in #’s Saturday! They were following the river and were hard to photograph because they were mostly 50’-100’ high… look hard and enlarge to see in this picture.

This last Howrah of Summer has been nice, but it hasn’t felt like Fall yet… That all changes this week. Cooler temps and rain are in the forecast. I am ready to burn a few marshmallows on a fire 🔥 personally 😊

“Listen! The wind is rising, and the air is wild with Leaves,
We have had our summer evenings,
now for October eves!”
       ~ Humbert Wolfe

Have a Great Sunday! Here’s to Fall 🍁

 

Mark C.



Monday’s “Moment of Zen” | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

This beautiful little Spicebush Swallowtail fluttered up and started probing around with his proboscis on this outdoor carpet by my front door. I guess he was getting moisture and/or minerals from  the recent rainfall. I thought this would make a nice Moment of Zen.

 

The Butterfly

Look, a butterfly. Did you make a wish?

You don’t wish on butterflies. 
You do so. Did you make one? 
Yes. 
It doesn’t count. 
   ~ Louise Gluck
Happy Day! 😊

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



The Tennessee Aquarium, Old Friends, Good times!

Today Jo & I met up with some old friends and went on a tour of the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. All of us are fish nuts so this was a treat! We are on the last leg of our “Anniversary Trip” & this was a LOT of fun!

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

PS: For a little added fun, play the music video and then view the pictures while it plays 😂

Great Day at the Tennessee Aquarium!

~ Mark C.

 

 

 



The June 2nd. Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release has been Cancelled…

Update- Saturday, June 2nd. Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release has been Cancelled…
Due to the harsh Winter weather coupled with a late/wet Spring, things haven’t progressed very well & Butterflies are NOT available as usual… We are sorry to say the availability dates have been pushed into July and we are not going to be able to reschedule with our speakers this season. So sorry to have to cancel this event! Hopefully next year will be different.

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Butterfly Workshop and Release

Butterfly Workshop and Release

Butterfly Gardens are HOT! I literally speak with someone most everyday about plants that attract butterflies, Host plants for specific butterflies and the like. Butterfly Gardening is popular all over the country now too! So with this continued popularity and the need for good information in mind, we are planning an to do another Butterfly Garden Workshop this year!

We will have 2 Great speakers here to help teach you all about Butterflies and ‘HOW TO’ attract them to your garden. Master Gardener and Butterfly Enthusiast Mrs. Betty Welch Stephens will start us off with a great Garden Workshop about Host Plants, nectar plants and how they work with the Butterflies in your Garden. Landscape Designer Mark Carter will be on hand to assist and answer questions too. After this we will enter the Butterfly House where leading Butterfly Expert, Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis will be leading a presentation on Butterflies and she will lead us in a “Live Butterfly Release”!
Set your calenders! Don’t miss this AWESOME Educational Workshop! Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will LOVE this!

WHEN – Saturday, June 1st. Starting at 9am. The 1st. Presentation will run approx.45 minutes to 1 hour with plenty of time for a personal Q & A with Mrs. Stevens and Mark Carter. Then around 10 we will move into the Butterfly House for the Butterfly Release Program with Mrs. Celeste Bursi.

WHERE – Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson TN. 38305 For more info call – 731-424-2206

WHAT – We will learn about our beautiful friend, the Butterfly! We will learn about the life-cycle of the Butterfly, their host plants, their impact on our environment and how to attract them to YOUR GARDEN! Butterflies AND Butterfly Plants will be available at the workshop. AND there will be a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE during the Program!

HOW DO I REGISTER – It’s Easy! AND It’s Free! Just call the Nursery at 731-424-2206. Tell them how many will be with your group and your done! Bring a folding lawn chair if you like. I hope to see you all there! It’s going to be AWESOME!

PS: Bring a CAMERA!

– Mark Carter

The Passion Flower is a very important host plant.

The Passion Flower is a very important host plant.

Everyone got to touch a Butterfly

Everyone got to touch a Butterfly

Kids gathering around the Butterfly Lady. They will learn so much about nature.

Kids gathering around the Butterfly Lady. They will learn so much about nature.



Summer Seminar “Gardening with Perennials for Butterflies and Hummingbirds”
August 6, 2012, 12:09 pm
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This is the second of our annual ‘Summer Seminars’. In this class we will discuss the basics of Perennial Gardening with a focus on Plants that help foster Butterflies and Hummingbirds. “To really have success with Butterflies you have to do it Organically” says Mark Carter, Landscape/Garden Designer for Carter’s Nursery. ” During this class we will show you how to build a successful Organic Perennial Garden from the ground up” says Carter. “Organic soil development using compost & manure, Organic Pest Control, Organic Mulching, etc. will be discussed as well as Plant Selection and how to do it all as Low Maintenance as possible. We will all have some fun at this one and I think we will all benefit from it”. The class is Free and so is Lunch for all that come. Please give us a call to register. Jo or Sandra will take your call at 731-424-2206. We will have Pizza and drinks for all that come for Lunch. Thanks and I will see you here!

~ Mark Carter
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Butterfly House & Workshop
 
 I am so excited about this years Butterfly House! We will kick things off on Saturday, June 4th. at 9am.!
 
The morning will begin with a Butterfly Garden Design class at 9am. We will walk you through some Butterfly Plant selections including Host Plants and Nectar Plants. We will talk Garden Design and we will discuss some of the things that will really help the Butterflies in your Garden Flourish!
 
At 10am. we will all move inside the Butterfly House for a Butterfly Release! It’s so Beautiful folks! We will release a few groups of different species of Butterflies and we will have several individual Butterflies that Kids and Adults will release. We will also have a Chrysalis Board with several different types of Butterflies! You can actually see their Lifecycle in action.
 
 GET HERE EARLY to get a good place in the Butterfly House! AND, if you want to release a Butterfly or want your child to release a Butterfly, call asap to get your name on the list – NUMBERS ARE LIMITED!
 
Don’t miss this wonderful day of Fun and Beauty!
 
What : The 3rd. Annual Butterfly House & Workshop
When: Saturday, June 4th. 9am. till Noon.
Where : Carters Nursery at the Butterfly House 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN. 38305
HOW do I Register ??? Give Jo or Sandra a call at 731-424-2206 or e-mail jocarter@charter.net
 
This event is FREE! Don’t miss this AWESOME Event!
 
   ~ Mark Carter