Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflection’s…

Cold frosty morning 🥶 Had to break ice from the troughs for the 1st time this season… The leaves are still coming down, but most have already fallen. Thanksgiving is coming quick. Coffee ☕️ and breakfast 🍳 await.

We are looking at a little cold snap for the next week, dress accordingly!

“On a cold November morning Frost wrapped the world in an ashy hue Sucking the heart from silence As an optimistic sun gazed through Naked branches of oak and maple

Peeking through the limbs of gray Lighting the indigo skies with grace Dancing, flowing, praising In waves of enchantment, such riches Radiating warmth and awaking The crackle of leaves, stunned By the bitter air, the chilling stare Of freezing sparkles on thoughts Met by the luster of dawn”

~ Regina McIntosh


Enjoy this cold November day ❤️

~ Mark C.



Throwback Thursday | #Throwbackthursday | Ice Storm 1994 vs 2022

I was awoken this morning early by cracking and falling trees… I hadnt heard anything like it in decades. The last time I heard that noise Jo and I were newlyweds. It was 1994… Do you remember the Ice Storm of 94’?

There was nothing subtle about the 94 Ice storm! It tore everything down in Jackson! We were without power for WEEKS!

I think this years ‘Unexpected’ Ice Storm is much more manageable, but, there is still quite a bit of damage. And many are without power… Ive got quite a bit of clean up to do as soon as this melts a bit.

Until then, I’ll try to find the beauty in the ice…

I hope your damage was light and your familys are warm and safe! 🙏🏻

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Well I got up this morning to a still cold, mostly white, snow covered world. But today the wind is out of the south and the temperature is getting up above 50 today, so I expect to see some grass and bare areas before the day is out. It’s been over a week of being mainly trapped in the house, below zero wind chills, frozen pipes, BAD roads, Storm damage, etc… I feel ready for Spring…

This has been our reality for well over a week! But today we will get up to around 55 degrees! 🔥

In another way, its been so beautiful… We have gotten to spend some quality time together and I will miss that part of being trapped inside together 😊 I haven’t watched the news or read the paper or even payed attention to the outside world…

But, the snow is melting… This week is warming up, we will be in the 60’s by midweek! Which will bring a whole different experience that we may not be ready for either…

When all this ice melts and we warm into the 60’s + the Skeeters will be back around… You know what that means… Spring is Coming!

“There’s a patch of old snow in a corner 
That I should have guessed 
Was a blow-away paper the rain 
Had brought to rest. 

It is speckled with grime as if 
Small print overspread it, 
The news of a day I’ve forgotten — 
If I ever read it.”

~ Robert Frost

Have a Blessed Sunday! 🙏🏻

Mark Carter



The Cleanup Starts…

The snow has been beautiful to look at, BUT it also causes all kinds of problems… Bad roads are a given, but Big snow like we just received is extremely heavy! So heavy in fact that it can bring down roofs and even metal structures!

This greenhouse has been here for over 30 years. It has survived snows, ice storms, tornados and more! But this years BIG snow event was its end…

So now the cleanup begins! There are still 10 Koi tanks in there 😳 FULL of fish! I hope we can save them!

WOW! We got some work to do! I think we can save these fish… That’s my hope at this point.

Have a Great weekend!

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



Winter Beauty From MY Window…

We don’t get “BIG” snow like this very often… Thank God! So many aren’t prepared for it! Power goes out, heat goes out, no water, etc, etc… I myself even lost one of my main greenhouses from the sheer weight of the snow… But, today I’m gonna try to focus on the Beauty of it all. Much of it from my window 😊 Its COLD out there 🥶

This doesn’t really say “Way down South in Dixie”… But this is from a window in my house today…
My front yard… Beautiful! But, ‘Come on man’ 🥶
From my front porch, looking down the hill past the Pond into the holler… Again, how Gorgeous! But just try walking down there! Slip and slide 🛷
From an upper window after dark. It’s hard for me not to just stay out there all day like a kid.. it’s just so beautiful! But it’s so cold!🥶

I just thought I would share a few pictures of what I think is a Beautiful, Winter Landscape. The “Entertainment of the day” the last few days has been sitting in front of the French doors and watching the birds eat the seed we’ve been throwing out. Even our dogs are glued to the ‘Theater of Life’ that’s just on the other side of the glass.

Enjoy your snow day! And stay warm 🔥

PS: Spring is Coming!

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



Waterfall Wednesday | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Good morning! Light snow is falling, its 7 degrees and most importantly, its Waterfall Wednesday! I think I will share a seasonal view of my Waterfall today!

I post pictures from every season with my Waterfall and stream as the subject, and each season brings something special and different. It’s too bad to drive on the roads right now, so I hope #Waterfallwednesday bring us all a little joy.

Stay warm!

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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Winter Waterfall Beauty | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I just LOVE my Waterfalls and my Pond! And I get to enjoy the beauty year round! All 4 seasons bring something special to my life. This bitter cold and snow is rough, in one way, but in another it brings extreme beauty to my door! It’s not safe to be out on the roads right now, but here in my Landscape… It’s all good 😊

I hope this morning finds you safe and warm! It’s very cold 🥶 out there… But seeing my ‘Winter Wonderland’ somehow makes it better… More beautiful. More bearable… And I know that this is really the foothills of the coming Spring! And I am ready!

Be careful out there!

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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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Having a Waterfall Feature in your backyard truly gives you 4 seasons of interest. Each season brings its own magic 🪄 late yesterday evening this little video was taken of my own personal Waterfall. I LOVE every season, but the ice sculptures of Winter ❄️ are just plain Magical!

I hope this video brought a little Zen to your morning!😊

Have a great day! Stay warm!

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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Important Pond Tip | Ice and SNOW are Coming! Be Ready!

Pete and Repeat… Yes, Another ICE Warning for your Ponds… There is some Bad Weather Coming. Below 0 wind chills and Several chances for BIG snow accumulations next week, and more ice to boot! Be Ready!

Brrrrr! 🥶 Baby, it’s COLD outside! I think the Pond is frozen… What do I do? As my nephew, Nick, the Eagle Scout says, “Always Be Prepared”! AND, Don’t worry, it’s not hard to be ready!

Don’t break the ice! It will harm your Koi! The powerful shock waves created by a blow to the ice can break their bones and rupture organs!

The #1 Rule if your pond ever Ices over – NEVER, NEVER, NEVER break the ice by banging on it! It can cause your fish great harm – it can even KILL them! To allow the escape/exchange of gasses in a frozen over pond, keep a hole open in the ice. This is IMPORTANT!!! It will keep the gases from building up under the ice and allow for oxygen exchange and keep your fish from suffocating. This will also allow the pump to get water if the surface is frozen. If you have a skimmer, this will be MUCH easier on you! The water movement will help keep the ice from forming. You may need to keep the hole open by adding water from a water hose, bucket or pan of water. (This is why I always say “keep a dry hose” or a 5 gallon bucket for this purpose! If & when you use your water hose be sure to drain it when finished-to keep it from freezing and bursting, or just keep it in your garage). You can also use a floating pond heater or a small pump in a shallow area to “flash up’ and break the water surface. Just do it! 

Be ready before snow and ice cause a problem!

We don’t get too many Ice Days’ here in West Tennessee, but when we do, it’s Never at a convenient moment… In other words, if your not prepared, it can be an emergency  

Simple Winter Pond Tool Kit  
1 – 5 gallon bucket 🪣 (use to add water as needed. Hot tap water from your faucet will melt a hole in ice if needed)

2 – Clean, dry Water-hose  (store in garage or shed so it will be ready to go when needed) 

3 – Floating Pond Heater (A floating heater will maintain a opening 🕳 in an ice covered pond. This will allow for oxygen exchange and will keep your Koi alive). 

That my Pond Tip today – Be Prepared! Next week, you might thank me…

And don’t worry! Spring is Coming! 

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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Snow…? NO, Wait – ICE Day…

A good old fashioned ICE Storm ⛈ is what we woke to this morning! Not as bad as predicted, thank the Lord! We’ve had to endure weeks with no heat before from bad ones and let me tell you, it’s not fun! But the stone walks all are slick with ice and impassable, So is my driveway! Therefore, we were forced to close today… So, we got that goin for us 😊!

A day off in the Winter can be a fun day! Especially with a pretty snow ⛄️ BUT, Ice just shuts you down…

Snow days are always fun days! Snowballs, snowmen, sledding, 4 wheeling, snow cream, ahhhhh the good old Snow Daze!!! But an Ice Day? What do you do for fun on an Ice Day? In my humble opinion, Ice Days are the crappiest of all days off due to weather…

BUT, there are some beautiful views and pictures to be had…

A little damage, but not too bad.

I just thought of the perfect Ice Day activity…. A Big, Fat, NAP! 😴 💤

Y’all have fun 😊

ICE STORM –

“Icy rain comes with a crinkling sound 
Like little silver coins falling on grounds 
Tree limbs covered with translucent ice 
Channels of pure white gleaming calm. 

In icy storm proud oak to earth stumbles 
Aromatic bushes are much more humble 
Intact is the grace of their ice laden veins 
Bowing in reverence for mighty Rummager. 

In opaque sunlight plump scarlet berries 
And metallic ice enhanced the olive curves 
Of bent bushes like crimson cheeks and skin 
Luminous adorn a maiden’s clandestine arc.

Power outage, phone and Internet gone 
Forget about connecting to world for fun 
Ponder upon slavery of new convenience 
And think of sustaining with bare essentials. 

but who would remember the deadly storm 
In morning light the heart merrily romps 
Transient is the wondrous beauty of icicles 
Pain and glee of nature such as don’t last.”

~ Savita Tyagi

Mark Carter