Carter's Water Garden


Throwback Thursday…

I always enjoy looking back on #throwbackthursday. Today my memory is in full bloom.

I helped my Grandad dig this old azalea up decades ago.

As a young man, I spent much of my Summer time working with my Grandad. Gardening, working cattle and cutting, splitting and hauling wood 🪵 for the winter. A HUGE old oak tree fell in a lady’s yard during a storm. Grandad was called to cut it up and haul it away. So we did just that, and more.

The old Oak had fallen in a huge flower bed and destroyed a lot of plants. Including a big drift of these azaleas. She told us to take what we wanted if they were salvageable… So, grandma came over and picked out what she wanted and we dug em up and transplanted them to our home place. When Spring rolls around each year, this Azalea (the last one) is a living reminder of those times spent with my Grandad cutting wood and with my Grandma in the Garden ❤️

Here’s to family memories!

#throwbackthursday

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



Time immemorial 🙏🏻

April 1st. is April fools day to most… In fact, I had planned a funny post this morning myself… But my mind and emotions steered me in a different direction completely, and I had to start over…


Today was also my Uncle Doug’s birthday. He recently passed away from Covid 19 and has been heavy on my mind. I always took him out for his birthday to a place of his choosing. Sometimes it was as simple as his favorite place for Chinese food here in town, or a place in Memphis for BBQ or maybe he would say “Let’s get some steaks 🥩 and fix dinner for everyone. But since I can remember, I spent this day with him.

I’ve put this picture of us on here before, it’s one of my favorites. He drew a mustache on my lip at my request 😊 and I imagine we both got in trouble… From my earliest memories I always had my Uncle Doug in my life. He will always live in my heart and memories, but how I would love to be able to take him out today for his Birthday.

My blog title today was meant to express how I feel about the love I have for my Uncle.
Time immemorial (Latin: Ab immemorabili) is a phrase meaning time extending beyond the reach of memory, record, or tradition, indefinitely ancient, “ancient beyond memory or record”. In law, it means that a property or benefit has been enjoyed for so long that its owner does not have to prove how they came to own it.

We were close from the day I was born, before my memory’s started! “beyond memory or record”…

He was a true blessing in my life. Happy Birthday in Heaven Uncle Doug! 🙏🏻 You are truly missed ❤️

“God will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying,
nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.”

 – Revelation 21:4

PS: If you have someone in your life that has been there for you “beyond memory or record”, be it family or a life long best friend, give them a hug today and tell them you Love them. Things happen in the blink of an eye and then all that’s left, is your memories… 🙏🏻

~ Mark Carter



Throwback Thursday at Carters Nursery, Pond and Patio

I LOVE #throwbackthursday! It’s a wonderful opportunity for meaningful memories. Like this one today.

My dad brought this Saucer Magnolia home many many years ago. It wound up in a special place in our Garden.

My dads friend George grew all kinds of trees up in McMinnville, TN. When dad saw these blooming, he knew he wanted one. He brought one home from a visit years ago for me to plant. We waited until the proper time and my Uncle Doug and me planted it here. It’s always a dependable bloomer and a harbinger of Spring.
This throwback is also special because we just recently lost Uncle Doug to Covid. Seeing this picture today, really gave me a special memory. Thanks Shannon 😊

Have a great #throwbackthursday ❤️

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…

Losing a loved one, someone who is truly close to you is tough. The loss and sadness are a hard reality… I just recently lost my Uncle. We were very close. I have had a lot of emotion over his sickness and his passing… But knowing him the way I do, he wouldn’t want us to be sad or down about his death. He was a very spiritual person. And a very positive person. He always had a smile on his face and something nice to say, maybe something to make you laugh or smile 😊 An ‘Eternal Optimist’! And that is what I am going to focus on and remember the most about Uncle Doug!

Do not stand at my grave and weep, 
I am not there, I do not sleep. 
I am in a thousand winds that blow, 
I am the softly falling snow. 
I am the gentle showers of rain, 
I am the fields of ripening grain. 
I am in the morning hush, 
I am in the graceful rush 
Of beautiful birds in circling flight, 
I am the starshine of the night. 
I am in the flowers that bloom, 
I am in a quiet room. 
I am in the birds that sing, 
I am in each lovely thing. 
Do not stand at my grave and cry, 
I am not there. I do not die.

~ Mary Elizabeth Frye

Rest In Peace!

Mark C.



Remembrance…

George D. (Uncle Doug) Brinkley, passed away peacefully last night. Covid 19 pneumonia was just too much for his lungs to handle. He was loved by all that knew him. He led a very interesting life to say the least… He enlisted in the US Navy at age 19 and went on to work in Navy Nuclear Power. He attended college in California (UCSD & UCLA) and in Tennessee (TN Tech) where he earned several degrees including Electronic Engineering. He was an early computer designer and program writer for several company’s. But his heart was back home in the gardens. He came to work for me in 1989 when I started Carters Nursery. He said he was “Burned Out” on all the technology and computer screens. He wanted to get back outside and grow things. Which he did! He helped design landscapes, he worked in greenhouses, he watered and pruned, fertilized and mulched and everything else that goes with a Nursery business. He also helped me start a fish retailing set up where his engineering sense came in handy! He became an expert on Koi! We teased him a bit by calling him the “Koi Whisperer”, but he really was… He was also a Chess ♟ Master! Playing and defeating most everyone that sat down across the board from him 😊

He retired in 2015 and enjoyed his time messing around in the gardens and  koi ponds. He played chess ♟ and many other games with friends. He loved spending time with friends and family! He also adored and loved his many pets. He will be forever missed. Rest In Peace Uncle Doug 🙏🏻 I Love you!

Uncle Doug and I had a special bond. I have always loved this picture of us. I was around 2 and he had helped me draw a mustache on my lip. He told me I was determined to have one! So he helped me out 😊

PS: We plan to have a memorial service in the future, date TBD. 

Thank you and God Bless 🙏🏻

Mark Carter



Happy Birthday! 🎈

My little baby boy is all grown up 🥲 He’s a man now… I still look at him and see the wild adventurous youngster that wore his Batman getup EVERYWHERE for years 😊 His love for animals is apparent, as is his love for family and friends ❤️ I put together a quick collage of photos that I think captures at least a bit of his essence…

From Halloween, to butterflies, learning to play guitar to hanging with Paul Thorn and even becoming the Ninja 🥷 that he has always wanted to be. Happy Birthday!

He has been all over the place with his mom and me. Worked on projects, played with tigers, received awards for his stewardship and more. I’m a very proud papa!

Happy Birthday Jacob!

~ Dad



It’s New Years Eve 2020! See Ya’ Next Year! 😊

Here we are, the last day of 2020! The crossroads of a new year! Hopefully, a better one! New Years Eve is always a strange and special day. You look back AND you look ahead… 👀

The crossroads of a new year! How exciting 😊

I’m ready to leave 2020 in my rear view mirror!

Happy New Year to YOU! 🎊💥🍾

I’m looking forward to a new year! A coming Spring! And hopefully, a return to a more normal world! Have Fun tonight!

Here’s to ringing in 2021!

“Should auld acquaintance be Forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be Forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne.”   
 ~ Robert Burns

Happy New Year 💥 🎊🍾

Mark Carter



Everyone LOVES Christmas ❤️ Even the Pets 🐈 🐕

We had such a relaxing, pleasant Christmas Day! We watched movies with our parents, opened a few presents, ate Lunch with mom & dad & then, took a YUGE nap 😴

last years Christmas picture. We didn’t all get together as usual this year. So many now have to be careful for health reasons. But everyone was missed and loved and included in our prayers 🙏🏻

I think the pets had more fun than anyone! They all received a present 🎁 of their own and literally tore them up by supper 🎅🏻😂

Yes, they each got their own! But neither was interested in old Gumby until there was a competition involved… Then, poor old Gumby 🥺

Even the kitty came by for Christmas 🎄 She’s really an outdoor cat 🐈 and only comes in when she wants too. Usually, she only asks to come in on special occasions when there’s more than usual activity, or if it’s really cold. Even then, she hides around the edges or up high somewhere 😊

She’s so funny. She got over there ‘out of sight’ and didn’t make a sound until we started eating… Then, she demanded some Christmas Ham! She got some too 😊

I am so thankful for the blessing of Christmas!

Luke 2:4-19 tells the reason and the true Blessing of Christmas ⭐️

Now, Christmas is behind us and it’s on to the New Year! In less than a week, it’s gonna be 2021! 😳 They say ‘Hindsight is 2020’ …. I think we are all ready to put 2020 in the rear view mirror 🪞

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Christmas weekend! 🙏🏻❤️🎄

Mark Carter



Free Christmas Spirit | Jackson, TN

The last several evenings we have been loading up in our family sleigh 🛷 (truck) and venturing outward in search of beautiful lights and affordable (free) Christmas Spirit 🎄
PS: We struck gold a few times 😊
Its amazing what happens with some good music and a truck 🛻 full of loved ones ❤️ This place is in N. Jackson and worth the drive! The entire neighborhood is decorated to some extent, and some went all out!

Just WOW! You can park on the curb and walk through this one ☝🏻 So beautiful 🤩 Complete with Christmas tunes and a crowd of happy people doing the same.

This is the street! Located in Wrights Mill neighborhood. Take the kiddos, grandma, friends, whoever – along with your favorite Christmas music and a big thermos of Hot Chocolate 🎅🏻


my phone was going dead when I got this short video, but as you see… Spectacular!

It’s almost Christmas 🎄 Get 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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Happy Thanksgiving!🦃 God Bless America! 🇺🇸

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving! I for one know how many blessing I have in my life, and I am Thankful!

– Did you know that George Washington was the first president to make a formal proclamation for Thanksgiving?

“This National Thanksgiving Proclamation was the first formal proclamation of Thanksgiving in the United States. President George Washington declared Thursday, November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer.” 👇🏻

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Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks, for his kind care and protection of the People of this Country previous to their becoming a Nation, for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war, for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed, for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions, to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually, to render our national government a blessing to all the people, by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed, to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord. To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the encrease of science among them and Us, and generally to grant unto all Mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

~ George Washington

What an inspirational leader he was!
We all have a lot to be thankful for!

Enjoy this day of Thanksgiving!
God Bless America! 🇺🇸


Mark Carter