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Sunday Reflections…

Hummingbirds are such unique creatures ❤️ They love the rain 🌧 I’ve been out since early, on my porch listening to the rain at first, then as the world lit up watching the Hummingbirds take turns feeding on sugar water nectar… I swept the porch off and even played my guitar for a little while.

Its gone down to a light sprinkle now & it feels so good, sounds so good, smells so good… I Love a rainy morning like this ❤️

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a wonderful Sunday

Mark C.



Radio Time 9-11 AM Today! | Friday Radio Report | Everybody Talks | WNWS 101.5 FM | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am heading into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN to go LIVE from 9-11 am with “The Crew” Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Spring is in Full Swing in West TN! So get all your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Grilling, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, Hummingbird watching, AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

Its Mothers Day Weekend!!! 💥 What do you have planned? Dinner? Cookout? Roses 🌹 No matter what it is, don’t forget about – Mom ❤️

We all love our Mothers! If you haven’t found the perfect gift, bring her by the Nursery! We have things that ALL Moms Love ❤️


– HEY, You can listen, and you can call in and talk… the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Did you know you can text? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155 Everybody’s doin it… 

Come by and see us at the Nursery! 

Spring has Sprung at Carters! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered! 

Its pond cleaning season! You can get all your supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 

Plus – LOTS of plants are in as well! Come by for flowers, hanging baskets and mulch!

We are fully stock with beautiful Pond Fish! Come check it out…

Fridays on the radio are always so much fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air 9-11am!

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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Friday Radio Report | Call In LIVE Talk Radio | Everybody Talks | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I am heading into the studios of WNWS 101.5 FM, in downtown Jackson, TN to go LIVE from 9-11 am with the “Best Talk Show Crew in the Business”! – Seabass and Chuck Walker! Join us today on “Everybody Talks”!

I’m on today 9-11am Call in and lets have some FUN! 731-423-8101

Spring is here! So get your questions ready! We will be talking Outdoor Living, Koi Ponds, Gardening, trimming, mulching, landscaping, the return of the Hummingbirds, AND Just about anything else that YOU want to talk about! Ask a question, send in a picture, share a story (but please, NO politics!) It’s Friday! Call in and join us – 731-423-8101 

For 20 years Ive been involved with this Friday Talk Show and it just keeps getting better! The phone # is still the same – 731-423-8101

Did I say Hummingbirds? YES!!! I have mucho hummingbirds now! My feeders are all out and I’m ready for the swarm!

I always love it when the hummers are back in town

Try this simple nectar recipie for your Hummingbirds! 👇🏻

Hummingbird Nectar recipe

4 parts Water
1 part Granulated Sugar

Mix/stir together in a pot. You can use Hot tap water to dissolve the sugar in the mix. Let it cool and pour it in your feeders.

– HEY, You can listen, and you can call in and talk… the # is the same that it has been for over 20 years – 731-423-8101. But, did you know you can text your comments and questions? 731-277-5155

Did you know you can text? Texting us is so easy! 731-277-5155

April 15th…. TAX DAY! Don’t forget this date 😊

Uncle Sam is calling…

Come by and see us at the Nursery! 

Spring has Sprung at Carters! 

We have Everything for your Pond and Water Garden at Carters Nursery Pond & Patio. From Seasonal Food and Water Treatments to Filters and Supplies, we have you covered! 

Its pond cleaning season! You can get all your supplies at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio. 

Plus – LOTS of plants are in as well! Come bu for flowers, hanging baskets and mulch!

Roses 🌹
Aquatic Plants
Hanging baskets and flats

I always look forward to Fridays on the radio! Its always so much fun! Give us a call 731-423-8101.

TGIF! See ya’ on the air 🎙

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…

Misty, foggy, overcast weather can be very relaxing, especially on a Sunday Morning… This morning has been fairly simple.
1st. I changed out my hummingbird feeders.

Then I fertilized the hanging baskets on my porch

then I decided to fix biscuits and gravy for breakfast 🍳

We have been eating “healthy” for a while now… But it ain’t nothing a good Biscuit and Gravy breakfast won’t fix!

Y’all enjoy your day!

“One old wives’ tale says that every foggy day during August equates to a day of snowfall during the following winter. Some also use this tale in more general terms, meaning that if there is a lot of fog throughout the month of August, there will be a lot of snow throughout the upcoming winter.”

~ Farmers Almanac

Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

The Hummingbirds have been Awesome this year! So have the “Hummingbird Moths”. They sometimes get confused with an actual Hummingbird, but… Just watch as she hovers in and around the flowers 🌺 So elegant. You can hear the buzz 🐝 of her wings, it’s almost hypnotic… You can get lost just watching her work. So Zen like…

This is a very special Moth known as a Snowberry Clearwing. Isn’t she beautiful 🤩 I love when they work the flowers by my porch. I will sit and just watch…

Here is a copy/paste from Wikipedia- “Hemaris diffinis, the snowberry clearwing, is a moth of the order Lepidoptera, family Sphingidae. This moth is sometimes called “hummingbird moth” or “flying lobster”. This moth should not be confused with the hummingbird hawk-moth of Europe.”

They nectar on the same flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds feed on, so think about that when planting your seasonal annuals and you will see more Butterflies 🦋 Hummingbirds and Hummingbird Moths.

This is my offering for Monday morning. You can see these beauties for yourself most days this time of the year in a garden near you 😊 Enjoy

Have a great 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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Sunday Reflections…

No sunrise to view this morning… A grey sky just became slightly brighter over time. But the birds woke up in turn, and the bees 🐝 came out and went to work as usual. This is my favorite part of the day! When I have the whole world to myself it seems… No phones, no demands, just the birds and the bees and some plants to attend too. Sunday morning and I’m in the right place…

Quietly taking care of business 🐝


Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity, where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong glances. Everyone was sleeping, all of their ideas and hopes and hidden agendas entangled in the dream world, leaving this world clear and crisp and cold as a bottle of milk in the fridge.

~ Reif Larsen

More coffee ☕️

Have a blessed day 🙏🏻

Mark C.



Throwback Thursday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

A Facebook friend posted the link below today (Thanks Conrad 😉) 👇🏻

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=12Sd81XcKRjtywiUkKkjuk7QLlQnTC-yY&shorturl=1&ll=37.12234532878195%2C-107.7453555561575&z=2

Yes, the main body of the migration is upon us! I have had 2 Hummers here at the nursery since around the 4th or 5th of the month! Earliest ever for me! I am putting out more feeders today 🌞 I looked back at past blogs to track their arrival over the past years and 10 years ago, almost to the day, I posted about having our first at the feeders. I took a screenshot of the 2010 blog 😊 👇🏻

10 years ago almost to the day! I love the timing of nature!

Once they get here, it’s officially Spring! 

Hummingbird plants along with your feeders really draw them in. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Here’s the nectar recipe again 

Hummingbird Nectar recipe

4 parts Water
1 part Granulated Sugar

Mix/stir together in a pot. You can use Hot tap water to dissolve the sugar in the mix. Let it cool and pour it in your feeders. Boom 💥 

PS: DON’T add red food dye. It’s bad for them…

Get those feeders out now! The Hummingbirds are back! ❤️

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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Hummingbirds Are Coming To A Garden Near YOU! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I thought I saw my first hummingbird a few days ago & wondered if I was seeing things? I always leave a feeder on the front porch, even through the winter – Just in case… That is on the advice of Mark Greene, aka: ‘The Birdman’. I went in immediately and made more nectar & hung another feeder outside. And sure enough, we have our first Hummers! WooHoo! 💥 I LOVE em’! Hummingbirds mean Spring is Back! 

I love my little buddies 😊 They make my day when they show back up in Spring! Time to get feeders out 😊

In case you don’t already know… Clean up & wash your feeders & make some Nectar for them. It’s simple to do & it’s the best feed you can get! No need to buy mixes. 

Hummingbird Nectar recipe

4 parts Water
1 part Granulated Sugar

Mix/stir together in a pot. You can use Hot tap water to dissolve the sugar in the mix. Let it cool and pour it in your feeders. Boom 💥 

 

“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

 

It’s HUMMINGBIRD time in Tennessee! Enjoy!

 

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…

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



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
http://www.cartercountry.com
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