Carter's Water Garden

Sunday Reflections…

Crazy weather… It was supposed to have rained all day, but it didn’t rain a drop 💧So in essence we got a free day! 😊 So nice and so warm, it turned out to be a wonderful Spring day! Walking around the Landscape, so much is blooming 🌼 Daffodils, Magnolias, Forsythia and the Maples, birch and willow are coming out like gangbusters – don’t forget the Privet 🤧 can you say Pollen…

My grandad and I built this old chicken house together and our hens laid many an egg. This old Magnolia that lives back here never disappoints ❤️ Always a harbinger of Spring.

Did I mention crazy weather? Rain tonight. Freezing temps tomorrow night, followed by more rain and a chance of snow by weeks end… “If you don’t like the weather”…

Have a wonderful evening! 1 week from today we will have a much longer evening 😊

“Come with me into the woods. Where spring is advancing, as it does, no matter what, not being singular or particular, but one of the forever gifts, and certainly visible.”

~ Mary Oliver

Mark C.

Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been looking at pictures from my recent trip and thinking about how Awesome it is that plants and animals know when we are going to have a big cold snap in Winter, or a hot dry Summer… Old school prognosticators have read plant and animal signs forever to forecast the coming of Winter, and it is very accurate!

Reading the orange band on the Woolley Bear will tell how severe and snowy the winter will be.

I wonder if people down in Florida use the Manatee as a source? If not, I think they might be missing something… Florida just experienced a record setting cold snap including freeze and frost warnings all the way down to Miami 😳 BUT, somehow the Manatee’s knew it was coming…

Those are Manatees that made the trip to Blue Spring in Florida to weather the Cold 🥶 Its a thermal spring that stays around 72 degrees F. There were over 650 of them here when i took this picture! A HUGE record #! Somehow they knew.

We don’t have survival instincts like that… We have to learn how to live and survive in a changing world… Pretty cool 😊

What I do know is that Spring follows Winter! Spring is Coming! I have been consumed with thoughts and planning for the coming season. I don’t know about you, but I am so ready to get my hands back in the dirt!

It was 17 degrees this morning… But by mid week we will be close to 70!!! Boom 💥 Bring it!

“He knows no winter, he who loves the soil,
For, stormy days, when he is free from toil,
He plans his summer crops, selects his seeds
From bright-paged catalogues for garden needs.
When looking out upon frost-silvered fields,
He visualizes autumn’s golden yields;
He sees in snow and sleet and icy rain
Precious moisture for his early grain;
He hears spring-heralds in the storm’s ‘ turmoil­
He knows no winter, he who loves the soil.”

~ Sudie Stuart Hager

Have a great Sunday 🙏🏻

~ Mark C.

Saturday Schmaterday!

Saturday’s a mystery 

Any other day, less interesting 

Vacation day?


Lazy day!

Later today… ?

Cold day!

Melancholy day.

Saturday Schmaterday…

Teetering on the edge of Spring. 

   ~ Mark C. 

Mark C.

Sunday reflections …

I love to walk around my property on Sundays and observe nature. Observing the trees and plants, what’s starting to show signs of Spring, what needs trimming & pruning, ideas for new things to plant. I love to watch & feed the birds and check on my Koi too 🙂 There’s not a lot of “growing” going on to enjoy out there for the moment, but I think we are in for a BEAUTIFUL Spring! All this rain & the ice and snow melting has replenished our ground water and put LOTS of important nutrients back into the soil. The buds are swelling on many shrubs & trees 🙂 More signs…

I love the words that Rosalie used to describe this time of year and its great importance.

“January is the quietest month in the garden. … But just because it looks quiet doesn’t mean that nothing is happening. The soil, open to the sky, absorbs the pure rainfall while microorganisms convert tilled-under fodder into usable nutrients for the next crop of plants. The feasting earthworms tunnel along, aerating the soil and preparing it to welcome the seeds and bare roots to come.”
– Rosalie Muller Wright – Editor of Sunset Magazine.

January is almost over & soon we will start the show to beat all shows! Spring time in Tennessee!  Enjoy your day!

See ya’ mañana 😉


Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph# 731-424-2206