Carter’s Garden Blog


A Day In The Life Of Mike… Halloween 🎃 is Coming!

We just started watching Horror films for the Halloween 🎃 season. Guess where we always start… You guessed it – Mikey Myers…

“They tell me that most of us get more conservative as we get older. It makes sense, we get married, have kids, we earn more $$ and have more to conserve! We also set up routines that we follow throughout our daily lives – exercise, eating, checking email, etc.. So I got to wondering if everyone across all boundaries followed suit?”

Check this out! – A day in the life of Mike

Mike likes his morning brew! You wouldn’t believe how cranky he gets if he ain’t had his Java!!’

Getting ready in the morning has become a ritual…

The old “morning constitutional” – With all the daily chores ahead – this is a great time to do a little multitasking & check my email & texts!

I don’t care who you are, ya’ gotta stay in shape!

Believe me folks, the “middle age spread” is REAL! Gotta eat right and do my crunches!

There’s always something to do…

Guest who drew “bake sale” at the school fundraiser… Red Velvet Cake is the perfect choice!

Don’t forget to take a break now and again! All work and no play…

I need a little “Me time” every now and again – nothing better than kicking off my shoes 👠 and enjoying a good show and a cold drink!

You might even think the monotonous life we all leed has tamed & subdued Mike to the point that homocide is just off the menu… ?

Oh well… You know it’s hard for a leopard to change his spots 🎃

Happy Halloween y’all! 🎃

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

As the seasons change so do the flowers 💐 So does the feelings and emotions of the changes we are forced to deal with. It’s always tough for me. Especially giving up Summer… But, ya gotta go with the flow and be happy where your at 😊 So I sat down for a few minutes to look at the Summer plants and flowers that I am about to uproot and dispose of. They have really brought me a lot of happiness this Summer. Lots of color and shade and privacy as well. Especially my hanging basket wall. I can see out well, but you can’t see in very well😊 Privacy 💥 I call it the “Hanging Gardens of Babaloo” 😂 

This is from where I sit. The foliage is thinner back here on purpose- More room for me, with privacy.

The view from outside is a little different… 

From outside looking in is a different story. Lush foliage and color to provide the privacy screen that I desired. Can you see Jo sitting there? I’m gonna hate to see it go 😢 But, it’s Fall 🍁 Time for a different look and feeling…

 

“But now in September the garden has cooled, and with it my possessiveness.  The sun warms my back instead of beating on my head … The harvest has dwindled, and I have grown apart from the intense midsummer relationship that brought it on.”
   ~ Robert Finch 

 

I will send pictures of the pansies, corn stalks, pumpkins 🎃 & scarecrows as they go up… 

Ive been writing ✍️ “Fall is Coming” for quite a while now… 

Fall is Here! I gotta get busy… 

Have a great Sunday! 


Mark C. 



Saturday Morning | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Saturday morning is the perfect time to get your garden and landscape ready for Fall! Cutting back plants and composting, planting Fall Color like Pansies, decorating for Fall with Straw Bales and Pumpkins 🎃 

Don’t let the change of seasons make you sick! Get ahead of things and get your yard work and decorations done now.

I say it’s best to start early and get it done. Time goes by so fast! Next Thursday is the 1st day of October! The week after that is Christmas 🎄 🤩 

Start a compost pile! Garden refuse and kitchen scraps, coffee grounds and more can go in to it and the free compost that you have next Spring is priceless! You can thank me later 😊

This is the perfect time to start composting!

🏈 And don’t forget football! I’m still an old school Tennessee fan! ie; An optimist 😊

It’s been a while now since we’ve had a great team in Knoxville, TN! We just keep waiting and waiting and waiting… Happy Fall 🍁

We are open today until 2pm. Come by and see us! 

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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Fall is Here! 🍁

Today is the “Official” 1st day of Fall. The Autumnal Equinox’! A very special day! The sun is right above the equator, and day and night are almost exactly equal in time 🕰 From here, the days get shorter and shorter as we slide towards the shortest day of the year… The Winter ❄️ Solstice, aka: The Longest Night 🌙 

Today the nighttime and daytime hours are equal. The days will get shorter and the nights longer all the way into the first day of Winter, aka: The Winter Solstice.

I remember when I was a kid, the big thing on the equinox’s was to stand an egg 🥚 on its head 🤔 I don’t know if that’s the only day you can accomplish this feat… But, I have done it on the equinox 🥚😊

Have YOU ever tried to balance an egg on the Spring or Fall equinox? It was a thing when I was a kid. I’m thinking it was around 3rd. Grade or so? I went home and worked for what seemed like hours, but finally got one to balance!
PS: science?

So, it’s time for Pansies, mums, violas, kale 🥬 Pumpkins 🎃 gourds, straw bales and corn stalks 🌾 Fire pits, cookouts and football 🏈 

Bring. It. On! Fall is Here! 💥🍁🍂🔥🎃 🏈  


Have a great day! 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Monday Morning Moment Of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Another weekend has come and gone, too fast… Enter Monday Morning! To have a clear, focused mind – Try listening to the sound of this waterfall and stream for a moment. 



My waterfall serves many purposes.

It’s easy to clear your mind and get to a state of Zen… All you need is a quiet spot by a waterfall…


It aerates my Pond. It helps produce fresh clean water for my pets and other wildlife. It provides southing sounds and lowers my heart rate as soon as I sit down beside it ❤️ 
Enjoy this Moment of Zen. 

Fall is Here! 

 

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…

52 degrees this morning! We are 2 days from the Autumnal Equinox and it feels like an October morning 🍁 I’m just going to sit here and enjoy this feeling and get my mind to switch gears… Fall is here! 

The sun is rising on a new season. I’m putting away my summer thoughts and taking on Fall…



“Is not this a true autumn day? Just the still melancholy that I love—that makes life and nature harmonize.”

 ~ George Eliot 


Have a wonderful Sunday and a beautiful week ahead! 🌞


Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

The leaves have been coming down like rain the last couple of days. It’s beautiful to watch. Add to that the 4 strait nights of freezing temps … November has made itself known 😊 Thanksgiving is coming!

Many trees are at peak color and the leaves are raining down when the wind blows…

 

“November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.
With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.
The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.”
    ~ Elizabeth Coatsworth

 

Mark C.



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.



Sunday Reflections…

I got up early and came out to get a good view of the last Sunrise 🌞of Summer. Yes, today is the last official day of Summer 😮 Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, the 1st official day of Fall…

It’s been a HOT summer! Cooler weather sounds great!

I Love Summer! I always mourn its passing… But, it’s been so Hot this year, the cooler weather is a welcome thing. Football, cookouts, fire pits, Fall color, frost on the pumpkin 🎃 Bring It On!

Here’s a link to more info on the 1st day of Fall  👇🏻

Fall Equinox – When Is the First Day of Fall? (2019)

 

“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.”

~ John Donne, 1620

 

Have a great ‘Last day of Summer Sunday’!

 

~ Mark Carter