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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

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.

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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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