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Sunday Reflections…

Sitting here watching the first hummingbirds of the day starting to feed, I realize that I’m a lucky man… Many don’t get to see them up close and personal like this. Some fly in and out of the feeders quickly for just a sip. A few stick more to the flowers 🌺 I have planted for them, and a few, that are regulars aren’t scared at all and will sit on a feeder and drink till they have had their fill! They trust that I won’t hurt or bother them. These are my favorites and the ones I call ‘my babies’ 😊

This is one of my ‘Babies’. If I am outside by myself, they act is if I’m not there at all. I ❤️ Hummingbirds 😊

I have feeders in several spots around the gardens, but my porch is their favorite. Maybe because there are also flowers 🌺 that they enjoy too? A ‘Plethora’ of feeding options if you will …

Plant flowers with tubular blossoms and the hummingbirds will come to feed. Butterflies 🦋 too 😊

 

…when you are convinced that all the exits are blocked, either you take to believing in miracles or you stand still like the hummingbird. The miracle is that the honey is always there, right under your nose, only you were too busy searching elsewhere to realize it. The worst is not death but being blind, blind to the fact that everything about life is in the nature of the miraculous.

~ Henry Miller

 

Have a blessed Sunday!

 

~ Mark Carter



Get Your Flowers & Tomatoes 🍅 Planted Before it’s Too Late! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

We are “Post Memorial Day” folks, which means we are counting off the 100 Days of Summer (Memorial Day till Labor Day!)… Now is the time when a Lot of people do their planting.

Have you planted any tomatoes 🍅? If not, this is the PERFECT time! & ALL our vegetables are Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Got Flowers 🌺?

Hanging baskets & LOTS of COLOR! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Aquatic Plants are looking Great!

My Lotus are looking Great! Introduce one to your garden today!

Y’all come by and load up on some Beautiful Plants at a Great Price 😊 Summer is upon 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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Last Chance to Give Mom Roses on Mother’s Day | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Tomorrow is Mother’s Day and you still haven’t gotten anything for your Mom or your wife.. What to do?

Come by and get a Living Gift for your Mothers Garden! Or better yet, bring her with you today for an extra special saving 😊

Plus – we have had roses on sale all week! BUT, today only, ALL Roses are ‘Buy 1 Get 1 FREE! How about that?! 😎

Most people say Happy Mothers Day with Flowers! Roses in particular 🌺

We are opening up as I post this (8am)  and we will be open to serve you until 2pm. We hope to assist you with picking out a beautiful gift for the Mothers in your life!

Have a GREAT Mother’s 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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We Are Only 10 Days From Mother’s Day! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

There’s one thing that crosses all boundaries,  even religion & politics- Everyone Loves their Mom! Moms special day is coming up soon, Next Sunday is Mother’s Day! A day none of us wants to forget!

Mother’s Day is a yearly celebration honoring “Mom”… It’s celebrated the world over & most people say Happy Mothers Day with Flowers! Roses in particular 🌺

Don’t limit yourself to one day to tell your mother that you love her of course- But, don’t miss this one 😊

As usual, we are stocked up with beautiful flowers and gifts for Mom! Getting her a Rose bush or a Hydrangea for her Garden means so much more than just some cut flowers… She will plant it and care for it and enjoy your gift for years and years to come ❤️

We have a HUGE selection of Roses, Shrubs, Annuals & Perennials for Mother’s Day gifts. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

The clock is ticking ⏱ This is my reminder to you – Don’t forget Mom…

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305


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.



Shrubs, Flowers & Mulch – Check, Check & Check! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I was asked, “When is the best time to plant a tree or shrub”? I answered, tongue in cheek, “20 years ago”…. 😊 The 2nd Best time to plant? NOW!!

The Plants are looking GREAT at Carters Nursery! The Azaleas are in bloom! The hydrangeas are flushing out beautifully! The Perennials are all emerging nicely! And all is right in the world 😊❤️

Everything is looking so nice! Come in today and see what I’m talking about! 😊

Y’all come!

 

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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It’s Time To Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Do you love to see those yellow Daffodils that come up early and bring in the Spring season. I still have some daffodils, crocus and grape hyacinths that my grandma planted in the gardens and it really feels good to see them blooming every Spring! I was asked a question last Friday on the 180′ (radio show) about when and how to plant Spring Flowering Bulbs. It was toward the end of the show and we didn’t have a lot of time to go into any detail, so here is a little info…

For Best Results – Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in the Fall. 

These daffodils were planted by my grandma and always bring happy thoughts to me. Plant them in the Fall for Spring beauty, year after year… | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The most popular Spring flowering bulbs are daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths. They are the easiest to grow and find, and the least expensive to buy. You can find them at many Local Nurseries and Garden Centers this time of year (Fall). Here are a few more to check out :

  • alliums
  • anemones
  • aconites
  • dog-tooth violets
  • fritillaries
  • grape hyacinths
  • reticulated iris
  • glory-of-the-snow
  • snowdrops
  • snowflakes
  • star of Bethlehem.

The best time to plant your bulbs is right about now ( In the Fall between Thanksgiving and Christmas), at least it is here in West Tennessee. The bulbs need a lot of cold temp. time to really bloom well, so get them in asap…

Time to plant bulbs! I like to amend the soil with compost & blood and bone meal when I plant bulbs. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

First things first… Like I always say, Come up with a Design Idea! Where are you going to plant these bulbs? How many will you need? Are you going to over plant your new bed with annuals like pansy’s or violas? Get out the tape measure & a pencil and paper and come up with some basic dimensions and a basic design…Once you have a general idea that you like, get your supplies together and get started!

We have soil amendments like compost, manure, bone meal, blood meal, bulk mulch and more in stock for your projects at Carters nursery, Pond & Patio in Jackson, TN 38305!

Make sure too …

#1 – Get good quality, firm, heavy bulbs. NO soft, moldy or stunted ones! The bigger the better.

#2 – Get soil amendments to prepare your holes or beds. Organic is the way to go in my opinion! Blood Meal, Bone meal, Compost and chicken manure have always worked well for me. Work the soil well and as deeply as possible; rich soil and good drainage are key. If its heavy clay, work in some sand to improve drainage.

#3 – Plant you bulbs! Most bulbs get planted 2 to 3 times their diameter in depth except for the smaller ones (less that 1 1/2″), plant them 3 to 4 times their dia. deep. REMEMBER – The point goes up! You can use a bulb planter or garden trowel to install them one at a time or you can excavate an area to the proper depth and do a mass planting of your bulbs and back fill with the soil once they are all put into place. I love the effect that a big mass planting of spring color can make! Even a dozen bulbs around the mailbox can make Spring seem more abundant.

After you get them installed remember to mulch! The mulch will help hold moisture, detour weeds, stabilize the ground temperature and it looks great.

I hope this helps and I hope you plant a bunch of beautiful Spring Flowering Bulbs!

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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