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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
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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.

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

Summer Seminar “Gardening with Perennials for Butterflies and Hummingbirds”
August 6, 2012, 12:09 pm
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This is the second of our annual ‘Summer Seminars’. In this class we will discuss the basics of Perennial Gardening with a focus on Plants that help foster Butterflies and Hummingbirds. “To really have success with Butterflies you have to do it Organically” says Mark Carter, Landscape/Garden Designer for Carter’s Nursery. ” During this class we will show you how to build a successful Organic Perennial Garden from the ground up” says Carter. “Organic soil development using compost & manure, Organic Pest Control, Organic Mulching, etc. will be discussed as well as Plant Selection and how to do it all as Low Maintenance as possible. We will all have some fun at this one and I think we will all benefit from it”. The class is Free and so is Lunch for all that come. Please give us a call to register. Jo or Sandra will take your call at 731-424-2206. We will have Pizza and drinks for all that come for Lunch. Thanks and I will see you here!

~ Mark Carter

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!