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The Passion Flowers Are Blooming! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A great Facebook friend posted a picture of a wild Passion Flower this morning and stated that it was her new favorite flower 😊 It drove me outside to take a photo of my Passion Vine that is blooming now too. It’s also one of MY favorites, for several reasons. ❤️

Passiflora incarnata, aka: Passion Flower. It’s also known as a maypop, a purple passionflower, a true passionflower, a wild apricot, and a wild passion vine. It’s our Tennessee State Wildflower & VERY unique! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

The one in this picture is growing on my front porch railing and I just LOVE it! 

Did you know that you can eat the fruit that this vine grows? They are called ‘Maypops’ and taste delicious! My grandad taught me to eat them when I was a kid…

Break them open and eat the pulp and seeds. They have a sweet taste.

Another fact that makes this a ‘Have to plant’ for me is that it’s a host plant for a beautiful Butterfly! The Gulf Fritillary 🦋 

The Passion Vine is host to the beautiful Gulf Fritillary Butterfly. Having this plant in your landscape brings beauty in many ways 😊

So, enjoy the day & enjoy the beauty of this totally unique flower and plant- Passiflora incarnata, aka: The Passion Flower.


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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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



Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release | Saturday, June 2nd.

June is closer than we think… That’s why we are getting ready NOW for the Butterfly Workshop! We have a great guest speaker lined up to talk about Butterfly Plants, their life cycle and HOW to bring more Butterflies into your landscape. Mrs. Betty Stephens is coming out to teach you all about ‘HOW TO’ attract these beautiful butterflies to your garden with proper Plant selection. Mrs. Betty is a Master Gardener, a Butterfly Enthusiast & a wonderful resource to teach on the subject of Butterflies! She will start us off with a great Garden Workshop about Host Plants, nectar plants and how they work with the Butterflies in your Garden. She will follow with a Q & A to answer ALL of your questions!

Don’t miss our Butterfly Garden Workshop and Butterfly Release June 2nd. 2018. This is a Zebra Swallowtail – Tennessee’s State Butterfly | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

After Mrs. Betty’s Butterfly Garden Workshop, we will move into the Greenhouse for a LIVE BUTTERFLY RELEASE! Bring the kids AND bring a CAMERA! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity! Call for more information and to get your name on the list for a Butterfly to Personally Release (only $5 this year)! #731-424-2206 – ask for Jo or Sandra.

Our annual Butterfly Release is a don’t miss event! Call to register and order a butterfly for you or your child/grandchild to release ($5) – June 2nd. 2018. 

When – June 2nd. (Saturday) 9am. –11am.

What – Butterfly Garden Workshop & Release at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio – 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson, TN.

We will have great information on creating your own butterfly garden, special butterfly plants, a Butterfly Release & more!

 

To a Butterfly
I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;
Self-poised upon that yellow flower
And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.
How motionless! — not frozen seas
More motionless! and then
What joy awaits you, when the breeze
Hath found you out among the trees,
And calls you forth again!

~ William Wordsworth

 

Thanks & I hope to see you here!

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



Butterfly Program at Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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2846 Old Medina Road
Jackson , TN 38305-9436
Phone: 731-424-2206
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FAX: 731-423-4832



Summer Seminar – “HOW TO DESIGN & CREATE A BUTTERFLY GARDEN”
August 3, 2009, 12:29 pm
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Butterfly Gardens are HOT! Since we did the Butterfly Release back in June, I speak with someone most everyday about Nectar Plants that attract butterflies, Host plants for specific butterflies and ‘How To’ design the perfect Butterfly Garden. SO, with that in mind we are planning an AWESOME Butterfly Garden Design Workshop. We will walk you through the steps of designing, planting and caring for your OWN Butterfly Garden!

Set your calendars and Don’t miss this EDUCATIONAL workshop! Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will LOVE this!

WHEN – Saturday, AUGUST 15th. Class begins at 9 am.

WHERE – Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio,
2846 Old Medina Rd., Jackson TN. 38305.

WHAT – You will learn how to plan your own Butterfly Garden! We will show you how to lay out and design a Butterfly Garden that is both Beautiful and Functional. You will learn about Host Plants for specific Butterflies, Nectar Plants to attract and feed them and how Butterflies impact our environment. Butterfly Plants will be available at the workshop.

HOW DO I REGISTER – It’s Easy! AND it’s FREE!
Just call the Nursery at 731-424-2206 OR E-MAIL us at jocarter@charter.net . Tell us how many will be with your group and your done! Bring a folding lawn chair if you would like, it’s going to be a fun morning!

– Mark Carter



Butterfly Garden Workshop

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!

 With this popularity and need for good information in mind, we are planning an AWESOME Butterfly Garden Workshop!

Leading Butterfly Expert, Celeste Bursi of Butterflies in Memphis will be leading the presentation and there will be a “Live Butterfly Release” at the workshop in Carter’s Nursery’s new “Butterfly House”.

Set your calenders! Don’t miss this AWESOME Educational Workshop! Bring the whole family! Your KIDS will LOVE this!

 WHEN –  Saturday, June 20th. Starting at 10am. The Presentation will run approx. 1 hour with plenty of time for a personal Q & A and a Personal tour through our new Butterfly House! 

WHERECarter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio @ 2846 Old Medina Rd. Jackson TN. 38305.

WHAT – We will learn about our friend, the Butterfly! We will learn about the lifecycle of the Butterfly, their host plants, their inpact 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, it’s going to be a nice day!

 I hope to see you all there! It’s going to be AWESOME!

                                   – Mark Carter



Attracting Birds and Butterflies to your Garden

Ornamental Gardening and ‘Backyard Living’ are at an all time high in popularity. It seems that everyone wants to get ‘outside’ and enjoy the simpler pleasures. Nothing is better to me than sitting in my backyard by my water garden and watching the birds and butterflies at play. Many different types of birds visit my garden on any given day and in the summertime the butterflies abound! They eat, play, nest and bathe… and in the process my family and I get to enjoy the gifts of nature.

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Zebra Swallowtail nectaring on Milkweed.

Living and Working with Mother Nature

Like ALL living things, these beneficial creatures need certain basic things to live and prosper. This basic list is simple – food, water, shelter & places to raise young.

If you provide these things, you will see your new friends moving in almost overnight.

I want to walk you through a few simple things that you can do right away to increase the number of birds and butterflies in your landscape.

– Plant some native Trees, Shrubs and Flowers. Using the right plants will provide places for shelter, nesting and food & will add beauty to your landscape! The great thing is, many of the plants that shelter and feed the birds and butterflies are native plants. Most of these natives are long lived, drought hardy and insect and disease resistant.

  Here are a few Low Maintenance Plant ideas for your landscape that the Birds and Butterflies will LOVE :

 
Trees                                                                                                      
Washington Hawthorn
Staghorn Sumac
E. Red Cedar
Flowering Dogwood
Crabapple
Oak
Redbud
Magnolia
Persimmon
Bald Cyprus
 
Perennials and Shrubs
 
Jo Pye Weed
Butterfly Bush
Butterfly Milkweed
Coneflower
Bee Balm
English Lavender
Lilac
Blueberry
Hollyhock
American Holly
Blackberry

– Put in a Water Feature. Water is the ‘Stuff of Life’! We must ALL have water to live. Your water feature can be as simple as a bird bath or as large as a custom Pondless Waterfall, Water Garden or Rainwater Harvesting Feature. The main thing to remember is birds like shallow water for bathing and drinking (2″ to 4″). Think about your overall Landscape Design and get some water in the mix!

Your kids will really engage with a Water Garden.

Your kids will really engage with a Water Garden.

– Put up some Feeders. Putting up a few feeders will almost immediately draw in some new visitors. Platform feeder are great for black oil sunflower seeds, fruit, bread, nuts and more. Tube feeders and socks are great for Black Thistle ( A Finches Favorite). A large hopper type feeder is great for general feeding and can be filled every few days with an inexpensive song bird mix. Suet feeders are great and you can hang or mount them almost anywhere. AND don’t forget the Hummingbirds! In the Spring and Summer season I have 6 Hummingbird feeders going constantly. I have to fill them everyday ! There are even Butterfly feeders that you can put nectar and fresh fruit in to attract and feed butterflies.
Spread your feeders out a bit around your outdoor living/viewing area. It will give you multiple viewing opportunities and it will give the birds a bit of room to move around. I have over a dozen feeders up at any given time and I just LOVE them!

– Put up some Bird and Butterfly Houses. Some birds require housing to get their attention! Bluebirds and Martins are at the top of the list. Not only do these birds require housing, they are real particular on the placement, color and construction of these houses.

– Martins like to be on a high pole ( 10′ to 20′ high ) in an open area, with no high trees within 40′ to 60′ from the their house! They like their houses painted White too!

– Bluebirds like to be 4′ to 5′ above the ground with a 1 ½” hole for a door! They also like open areas within view of their perch for easy hunting and feeding.

If you get it right, you will be blessed with some AWESOME birds that will eat their weight in insects and will thrill you daily with their beauty and grace.
 And don’t’ forget the Butterflies! A butterfly house makes for a great conversation piece and is a really unique addition to your garden.

– Think Green !

Want to help your environment and make your little critters healthier and happier? Think Organic! Pesticides and other garden chemicals are VERY harmful to Birds and Beneficial Insects! It’s not easy being green, BUT it’s not that hard either. Try to use some organic alternatives like Neem Oil, Insecticidal Soap, Dormant Oil and Non-Chemical fertilizers. You will notice a difference in the quality of your garden AND in the quality of your life! I guarantee it!

You Can Do It !

Enjoying the abundance of nature is Awesome and it’s not all that difficult! In fact, if you do some of these things you will see an immediate increase in the number of birds, Butterflies and beneficial insects in your landscape. These beneficial creatures will make your flowers more beautiful, your vegetables more productive and your Life more Abundant !

Here’s to the ‘Life Abundant’ !

Mark Carter