Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been up since early… Drinking coffee and thinking 🤔 Reflecting. Yesterday was a fun, long, laidback day. My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary in grand fashion… At the river 😊 Floating, fishing, photography – Fun. The only thing I can complain about is we ran out of hours in the day, and the mosquitoes were out in force last night🦟

Yesterday was a busy, wonderful day! A beautiful sunrise, fun on the river, great food, a beautiful sunset on the water, live music at the marina & a gorgeous Full moon 🌕

We want to thank everyone who called, messaged and texted to wish us a Happy Anniversary! ❤️ It was a fun, laid back, perfect day.

“Mosquito is out,
it’s the end of the day;
she’s humming and hunting
her evening away.
Who knows why such hunger
arrives on such wings
at sundown? I guess
it’s the nature of things.”

~ N. M. Boedecker

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend… 😳 Yes, it’s almost Summer! I’m not fussing now, I Love Summer!… But, Spring went by so fast 💨 I’m gonna try to slow it down a little and enjoy at least a little bit of Summer.

What do YOU enjoy about Summer? For me it’s the Garden and the River!
Sunsets from the boat 🌅
Breakfast at the Marina or diner is big on my Summer list as well.

Summer “Unofficially” begins next weekend!

Are you ready?

“Morning’s soft air, touching everything with such care,
Caresses a young face in a quiet, secluded place.
Smile planted strong, heart beating on.
Only one thing is on her mind, and that is summertime.

A joy reckless and wild, 
that’s been in the heart of every child, 
now set within her, 
for there is no cure.
Her spirit set free, soars higher than the trees.

The books that weighed her down, 
now thrown on the ground.
The rivers cleansed from winter, 
are now heated for splendor.
The happiness of knowing
no bedtimes are set, 
and no schedules to be met.
The sun now beating within her veins 
washes away all her pains.

Then without a sound, 
the sun starts to sink down.
so she heads inside, 
satisfied, 
until the next time.

But her spirit is just too wild and decides to wait a while,
so it stays outside and watches the sun, 
waiting for what is to come.

The birds fall asleep, the peepers start to peep,
and slowly the sunbeams caressing the mountains,
turn them into splendorous fountains.”

~ Abbey Silent (A Time Of Freedom).

Mark C.



Monday Morning Moment of Zen

Late summer, the creek is flowing, the sun is glinting off the water & the cicadas buzz. Sitting by the creek you can get lost in the rhythm… such a Zen feeling 🧘‍♀️  



This is the last week of Summer. Enjoy 😉 

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com



Sunday Reflections…

The weather has been so nice! Cool Sunday mornings in August mean ‘get out and look around’! Everything’s so lush, the butterfly‘s 🦋 are everywhere, the dry flies are buzzing… Late Summer in Tennessee ❤️

Such a beautiful day to get out and ‘Feel’ late Summer! Fall will be here before we know it… I’m gonna try to get all the Summer I can till it’s gone 😊





Heat still sizzles in the fields
In August summer still yields
The sun shines to no regret
Wind sauntering ’til sunset

‘though heat is being cool off by the rain
Preserving flowers, and meadow – green
But summer still taking what it brings
The August incense with fugacious wings

Bounty blooms, butterflies, bees are insane
Birds, crickets sing and the night listens
Summer’s sky, bright burst so clear
It’s the late August in summer’s fair

Summer in August still in standby
Sooner balmy weather is coming by
The hot temper will bicker with cool air
With soothing breeze here comes September

   ~ Ency Bearis


Have a great Sunday!

 

 Mark C. 



Beautiful Hummingbird, No, Wait… It’s a Moth?!

I love watering my plants and flowers 🌺 As I water each one carefully, I pinch off bad leaves and dead flowers & really just enjoy the beauty. I also get buzzed by all the hummingbirds going back and forth between feeders and flowers, which is Awesome! And now that we’re into mid/late Summer the little tiny Hummingbirds are back in big #’s… Yep, I’m talking about the Hummingbird Moth! aka: Sphinx Moth, aka: Clearwing Moth, aka: Hawk Moth. 

I just LOVE when these little guys start buzzing around the garden. So hypnotizing to watch. So Beautiful ❤️

These little guys hover in and out of my flowers and literally put on a show. They LOVE all the same flowers as the Hummingbirds too – Lantana, Salvia, Million Bells, Pentas, Trumpet Vine, Honeysuckle, Mandavilla, etc etc… 

Here’s an excerpt from a good article –

“The Clearwing Hummingbird Moths are classified in the Sphinx Moth family. The female moths lays her eggs on larval host plants such as Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Snowberry (Symphoricarpos), Hawthorns (Crataegus), Cherries and Plums (Prunus).“

If you look at some of these mentioned host plants now, you can find clusters of their eggs 🥚 The are little bitty round, green balls on the bottom of the leaves. Then in short time, you will see the small caterpillars 🐛 Green in color with a distinctive horn at the back (kinda like a tomato hornworm). 

Here is a link to an info page on them that will give you lots of good specific information 👇🏻
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphingidae

Have a great day and get out there and enjoy your gardens in this marvelous weather we’ve been having. Don’t ever waste a Saturday in the Summer 😊

 

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…

Sunday morning report –

The garden is growing like gangbusters! Vegetables as well as flowers 🌺 As the days get longer and longer it’s tough for me to ever actually make it in the house 😊 But, as soon as I get in there in the a/c… sleep comes quickly. I Love ❤️ it! 

I’m enjoying my hanging baskets and flowers 🌺 this season! I’ve created a “plant wall” of sorts to give me more shade and more privacy. I ❤️ It!

I’m enjoying the quiet sunrise all by my little lonesome 😊 But here in a few, I’m gonna fix breakfast for everyone… Then, I’m gonna spend the rest of the morning finishing up my planting! Boy how I love Sunday gardening! 

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

     ~ Gertrude Jekyll


Have a great Sunday! 

 Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

I got up early and came out to get a good view of the last Sunrise 🌞of Summer. Yes, today is the last official day of Summer 😮 Tomorrow is the Autumnal Equinox, the 1st official day of Fall…

It’s been a HOT summer! Cooler weather sounds great!

I Love Summer! I always mourn its passing… But, it’s been so Hot this year, the cooler weather is a welcome thing. Football, cookouts, fire pits, Fall color, frost on the pumpkin 🎃 Bring It On!

Here’s a link to more info on the 1st day of Fall  👇🏻

Fall Equinox – When Is the First Day of Fall? (2019)

 

“Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.”

~ John Donne, 1620

 

Have a great ‘Last day of Summer Sunday’!

 

~ Mark Carter



Happy Labor Day From Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Labor Day is a national tribute to the contributions that American workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Enjoy this day off… You earned it! 😎

 

God Bless America! 🇺🇸💥

 

Mark Carter
Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, TN 38305
731-424-2206
https://www.cartercountry.com



Sunday Reflections…

This week alone I have heard several people say they are ready for Fall weather… I too love the Fall, but I’m still enjoying the Summer… I used to find myself mourning the seasons as they pass, No more! I endeavor to enjoy them as they come. And right now, good old hot, sticky August is on the table 😊

One of the things I love most about Summer, is my shady porch swing😊 I just Love my tree ferns & flowers 🌺 But like the man says, Fall is Coming’!

“Whilst August yet wears her golden crown,
Ripening fields lush- bright with promise;
Summer waxes long, then wanes, quietly passing
Her fading green glory on to riotous Autumn.”

~ Michelle L. Thieme, August’s Crown 

Have a great Sunday 🙏🏻

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful night we had last evening. We had our Luau party and the weather was just perfect 😊 So many wonderful people came and enjoyed a beautiful June evening in our Garden. The music was Awesome and the food was Great!

From prepping the food to greeting guest yesterday was filled with fun! The neatest reactions came from some of the kids😊 Kids LOVE nature!

Summer is just starting! But it will be gone in the blink of an eye 👁… I hope you can get out and enjoy the Summer season. In fact, let’s all make a point to do just that😊 Times flying by…

 

“Mine is the Month of Roses; yes, and mine
The Month of Marriages! All pleasant sights
And scents, the fragrance of the blossoming vine,
The foliage of the valleys and the heights.
Mine are the longest days, the loveliest nights;
The mower’s scythe makes music to my ear;
I am the mother of all dear delights;
I am the fairest daughter of the year.”

~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Have a GREAT Sunday!

 

~ Mark Carter