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Interesting Hummingbird Fact #1 | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Hummingbirds are such tiny little creatures. But, their personality’s are YUGE! I LOVE them 😍 I grow plants and vines that they feed from as well as make nectar to keep many feeders full for them. I know how much YOU love them too… So I thought I would start squeezing a cool Hummingbird fact in on ya’ from time to time…

I love my little buddies 😊 They make my day when they show back up in Spring & it’s always sad when they head South in the Fall.

Interesting Hummingbird Fact #1 – Did you know Hummingbirds have the least # of feathers of all birds? It’s true. They say on average a medium sized Hummer has around 970 feathers… Wow! I ❤️ Hummingbirds!


The Hummingbird

A route of evanescence
With a revolving wheel;
A resonance of emerald,
A rush of cochineal;
And every blossom on the bush
Adjusts its tumbled head,–
The mail from Tunis, probably,
An easy morning’s ride.

~ Emily Dickinson



Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Sunday Reflections…

When the hummingbirds are back around the nursery, it’s like magic to me. They have all the available flowers you can imagine, plus multiple feeders – They are in heaven too I think. I’ve been watching a few buzzing around this morning while I do my watering… It never gets old 😊

Hummingbirds are tough, tenacious little dudes! I ❤️ Hummingbirds!

This beautiful poem sums it up…

“When the hummingbird sinks it’s face into the trumpet vine, and the funnels

Of the blossoms and the tongue leaps out and throbs,

I am scorched to realize once again how many small, available things are in the world

That aren’t pieces of gold or power —- that nobody owns

Or could buy even for a hillside of money —- that just float about the world,

Or drift over the fields, or into the gardens, and into the tents of the vines, and how here I am

spending my time, as the saying goes, watching until the watching turns into feeling, so that I feel I am myself

A small bird with a terrible hunger, with a thin beak probing and dipping and a heart that races so fast

it is only a heart beat ahead of breaking—- and I am the hunger and assuagement, and also I am the leaves and the blossoms, and, like them, I am full of delight and shaking.”

~ Mary Oliver


Enjoy this beautiful day!


Mark C.

My Spring Self | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

As I sit listening to the morning birds welcoming the day, I’m a happy man 😊 The chirping of Hummingbirds is back too! My Koi are eating like crazy! All the trees are coming out beautifully & it seems the whole world is in bloom!

Like some of you, I go through a tough time in the Winter months… I literally get “depressed”… They call it – Seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Lack of energy, moody, easily agitated & not sleeping well are all symptoms of SAD… BUT, the change of the seasons seems to melt it all away & I feel alive and well again 😊 Think “Spring Thaw”!

When the Winter blues melt away, I am truly a better, happier person…😊

So, bye bye grumpy & Hello to my favorite me! Spring is here! And Summer is right around the corner 😎

Happy Pondering 🤔


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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It’s Hummingbird Time In Tennessee – Are You Ready! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I got “Buzzed” by my first hummingbird this morning! Lookout! 👀 I now have several feeders out and I am ready for them to come back in number for their yearly visit! I LOVE feeding and watching them 😊

There’s always one Hummer that shows up first and lays claim to the feeders 😊 I Love watching him try to run everyone else off so he can have it all 😎

Do you make your own Hummingbird Nectar? If not, quit buyIng the pre-mixed stuff and try this simple recipe.

Hummingbird Nectar recipe

4 parts HOT Water
1 part Granulated Sugar

Mix/stir together in a container until the sugar completely dissolves, let it cool and pour it in your feeders. No need to boil unless you have poor water quality. So Simple 😊 I make it a gallon at a time and keep it in the fridge.

They LOVE this simple recipe & keep coming back day after day, year after year. There is No Need to add red food color! In fact, many say that it’s harmful to them.

It’s HUMMINGBIRD time in Tennessee y’all!


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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Friday Radio Report…

Fall is here! And as usual, ‘The 180’, is off the hook! 😂 Lots of fun, lots of calls & texts!

– Special guest Johnna Beuerlein was in the studio today and was Awesome! She talked a little about politics and made a lot of good sense to me 😊 A patriot and a great American!

Then we took some calls and answered some questions about gardening and outdoor living. Questions about –

  •  Fall Gardens
  • Fall Pond Maintenance
  • Pond Netting
  • Trimming & Pruning
  • Hummingbirds are getting ready to head south!
  • Sizes of Crepe Myrtles & more…

We also talked a little about Koi and fish care – that lead into one of my weekly promotions that we call “Fishy Friday’s”…

For the next few weeks every Friday is a “Fishy Friday”! That means all of the fish you purchase are at a 20% discount! TGIFF! | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

We also spoke about our upcoming Fall Fest. Saturday, October 13th. That’s 2 weeks away folks! Put it on your calendars & come see us.

We love Fall around here 🙂 Come out and enjoy the day with us at our Annual Fall Fest., Saturday, October 13th.! Pond Classes, Pumpkin carving, Petting zoo, Grilled food & more at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee. FREE Event! For more info call – 731-423-8101. Go Vols!

We also spoke in detail about this weather! It’s perfect! Get out and enjoy yourselves some FALL! Thanks! See y’all next week!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!


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

Hummingbirds are Back!
April 8, 2011, 4:55 pm
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The Hummingbirds are back at the Carter House! I was “Buzzed” by 3 of my little friends yesterday evening and I am Happy. I LOVE my Hummingbirds! As of now, I have 4 feeders out and they are coming in for the season. Heads up!

WHEN do I stop feeding the Hummingbirds?
September 26, 2009, 11:30 am
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I have had a dozen or more people ask me the question ‘When do I STOP feeding my Hummingbirds’ within the last few days. Thats a great question! We have all heard to take the feeders in or the Hummingbirds won’t leave in time and could die. That is actually an old wives tale, they know when to leave and they can actually survive very cold temps. But, they do move on around this time of year.  So WHEN do we take our feeders in?  The best thing to do in my opinion is observe thier habits. You will normally see a big decline in their feeding around the middle to late part of September here in Tennessee. Most of the blooming plants are on their way out and the night time temps are getting cooler by the day. It’s always sad to see them go. Times differ around the country, but here in my neck of the woods, take your feeders in around late September to early October. Some recent advice has been given to me to leave one feeder out through the Winter in case any Western species of Hummingbirds come through the area. Many different species (7 or more) have been spotted in the South in the winter months in the last few years ( Ruby Throated, Rufous, Anna’s, Calliope, Broad Tailed, Allens, Black Chinned). I am going to give it a try this year and see what happens… When you take your other feeders in, give them a thourough cleaning and put them up for next season.

 Now it’s on to FALL!

  ~ Mark Carter