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

What a Beautiful, Hot 🥵 Day! Early Summer in the South… As you may, or may not know, we are getting ready for our annual Summer Pond Tour. My Nursery and home is on the Pond Tour, with several other properties, so I’ve been out in the evenings and early morning hours straitening up a bit, adding a plant here and there and doing some photography. I thought I would share one of my Water Gardens with you that is on the Pond Tour. This is a late evening shot right at dark, probably my favorite time of the day this time of the year.

This is my oldest Pond at the Nursery. My Grandmother Kay lived in the house next to the Pond, so I always called it ’Grandma’s Pond’ ❤️

This little Pond sits right between the house and the Koi Shack. There is a Blue Stone patio on one side and a bench on the other… Perfect 😊

When you walk out the back door of the Koi Shack, your right by Grandma’s Pond’. Feel free to sit a spell…

I hope you are having the best Waterfall Wednesday ever! #waterfallwednesday

PS: Come by during business hours and see Grandmas’s Pond in person. Or, come see it (and Many others ) Saturday, June 25th. on our Upcoming Summer Pond Tour! Heres a short video with info for ya’ 👇🏻

Have a Great Day!

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



Sunday Reflections…

Its a mild, beautiful, overcast morning. A perfect morning to get out and enjoy the air, check on plants, listen to the birds and the Waterfalls. I’m drinking my coffee this morning from the Hemingway House cup we got down in Key West earlier this year 😊 Like Earnest, I love cats 🐈 too…

If you’ve never seen a six toed cat (polydactyl) that is what you find at Hemingways… Most cats have 5 toes on front paws and 4 on back.

Our cat isn’t a ”polydactyl type”, but shes a heck of a mouser 🐁 And she LOVES mint! Not just catmint, most any mint will do 😊

There’s our crazy cat 🐈‍⬛ She loves plants and herbs, especially mint! She is working her way up to the Lemon balm now 😊

Balance is so important in life. All the hard work we have been doing to keep the Nursery up and to prepare for the upcoming Pond Tour is balanced by the beauty of the Landscape that I enjoy every time I stop to admire a flower or feed a Koi 🐠 Or even to watch my cat working through every one of my plants to see which ones she likes the best 🌺

~ 9th Century Irish ☘️ poem, unknown…


Have a blessed Sunday 🙏🏻

Mark C.



Travel 🧳 is Always FUN! But, the saying holds True! ”There’s NO Place Like Home”! ❤️

I have been absent from my Blog for a couple of weeks now. I was surprised at the # of people that sent comments to me about my absence… The messages were mostly concern that something was wrong since I write something every day… Thanks for that! But, No, there was nothing wrong! I abstained from posting in order to be totally present during a LONG road trip with my wife Jo. We were on a business, training, buying… ‘adventure’, that took us all across the South! Down thru Mississippi, across the Panhandle of Florida, along the Florida Springs trail, across to the Atlantic side and all the way down historic Coastal Highway A1A to the end of the road “Mile Marker 0” in Key West! Then back up through central Florida into Georgia exploring Nurseries and HUGE Ornamental Plant Growing operations! We even spent the night in Greg Allmans bedroom and visited the graves of some of my (and probably your) musical hero’s… Climbed a mountain, and finally ended up back home in the middle of an Ice 🧊 Storm ⛈!!!

This was my worst nightmare! A possible repeat of the Ice Storm of 1994 😳

Thank God that we were spared from a repeat of 94 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 But it was a shock to the system to come back to heavy winds from the north and 18 degree temps 🥶

This is a garden I just left down in South Florida… All I can say is ”Come on Spring”!

Over the next few days I will share some pictures and stories of our recent travels and some news of things to come 😊

To boil it down – I’m back & I am excited about 2022!

And, I’m so glad to be back home again!!!


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



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

July is always a hot, sticky month in Tennessee! The “Dog Days” of Summer are upon us for sure… But, if you really want to cool down around Carters Nursery, just ask a cat where to find a good spot 😎

The cats that live around Cartercountry seem to Love this spillways pot. They drink from it and lie down in its shadow most everyday. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

July 3rd. to August 11th. are designated the “Dog Days of Summer”… Maybe we should call em the Cat Days 😊

It’s #waterfallwednesday


Stay Cool 😎 out there!

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 Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Monday mornings are back! Feeding our Koi is once again a daily routine 😊 The cat is excited as well 🐈

Ahhh, Spring time in Tennessee! Plants are coming out, the Koi are eating again and the Hummingbirds are starting to show up! Heaven!
I hope this little video made you smile 😊 this morning as well. Have a Great 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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Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond and Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Some people call it Hump Day… I call it #waterfallwednesday (In the voice of Carl)😂

Yes, we again find ourselves at the midpoint of another week, and as they say “It’s all downhill from here”… Maybe that’s why Wednesdays and Waterfalls work so well together? They both flow downward to an end 😊

This is Luna standing by one of our Waterfalls. She is a beautiful calico (one of our “Nursery Rescues”) and loves to be right there with you when your out around the nursery.

You have probably seen this kitty cat 🐈 before and this Waterfall as well, but, not as much as I have 😊 And I still just love both of em’❤️
So enjoy your Wednesday! It’s all downhill from here… #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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Sunday Reflections…

When you live at a Nursery, there are still many things to do on a Sunday morning. Check the Greenhouses, water plants, etc… This morning there was a little storm cleanup, and we had to check all the Fountains and Ponds for debris in the skimmers and the like (Bad wind and storms last night). But I love it 😊 Walking into a warm greenhouse, the smell of the plants and the beauty of all the plants, Heaven! I’m still sitting in the greenhouse as I type this ❤️ The north wind is blowing outside today… But in here, it’s a Sunny, Warm Spring day!

You might not have a greenhouse, but I hope you get out and enjoy this beautiful day!

“I like to think of people as a greenhouse
We are only a short moment in history
We can be radiant and beautiful
We can diffuse bliss and contentment
We can show the world that there is more to it 
Some of us are short-lived gardens
We forget to water ourselves
Forget that we need sunshine to live
We forget that most on our rainy days
When clouds swarm our four walls
And the light of day does not touch us like it used to
Our flowers droop, fall, and die
We are only plants that require attention
Living objects that some pick up and some only marvel at
We are unique and earmarked
We are not the same
But each of us are fascinating in our own way
Do not forget to take care of yourself
You have so much more to yourself
Than the desolation you feel”

~ authentic

Brunch is fixing to happen 😊

Mark C.



Waterfall Wednesday, Calico Style 🐈

Get up and enjoy the sunshine ☀️ It’s #waterfallwednesday!

Meet Luna, one of our ‘Staff Nursery Cats’… She LOVES the ponds! She climbed up in this Japanese Maple to better survey the area this morning😊

I went down to get a frosty 🥶 picture for my Waterfall Wednesday post, and Luna was with me step for step. I think she likes to be the subject in every photo … Cats 🙄

It’s not real Icy this morning, just a little bit. But we are past Groundhog Day and Spring is Coming!

I hope you enjoy your Waterfall Wednesday! A little frost and ice just adds to the seasonal beauty that a Waterfall brings to your life 😊

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

Everyone loves a good memory! Here’s mine for this week’s Throwback Thursday – Christmas 🎄 style!

This is Littlepaw. She LOVES Christmas! At least she loves our. Christmas tree 🎄 She sleeps under it, or sometimes up in the tree… Cats are crazy 😝

This picture is a decade old now… That’s 10 years for everyone in Cedar Grove 😝 Littlepaw is still our official Christmas Kitty and still loves it when the tree goes up.

Ahhhhh, Christmas memories on Throwback Thursday ❤️🎅🏻🎄


Have a great day!

Enjoy Throwback Thursday!

And, Merry Christmas 🎄

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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Lost and Found!

We seem to find our share of animals in need 😇 And sometimes in the darndest places!

We don’t know how this little guy found his way into our boat… But he was definitely lost!

When I first saw him hiding in my boat I actually thought it was a baby opossum 😮But instead it was a cute baby kitten that was very scared & very hungry!

He wouldn’t eat solid food, but lapped up some half&half 😊

After getting something in its belly he became a little socialite, visiting each one of us and being so sweet. We decided we had to find someone who wanted this little baby! 

Almost immediately we had someone say they would love to take her. BUT, she had to talk to her grandkids and their parents…

This lovely lady called her kids about adopting this little kitten for her grandkids! GREAT NEWS! – They worked it out and took this little baby into their family 😊

I LOVE it when things work out with abandoned animals! This little baby kitten found a forever home! That’s a success story in my book! What was lost is found and all’s good in a little part of the world 😊

Have a Great Day!

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