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Sunday Reflection’s…

Labor Day Weekend… It’s definitely nice to enjoy a few days off! There are still things that we have to do of course, but since we live at the Nursery & Gardens we also work for a living… It’s just another day in our routine…

Or is it?

This is my immediate family captured in an image.. by a very good photographer I might add 😉

I was reflecting on my labor in life, and In many ways my labor is my life… I mean, I literally live at the Nursery/Farm that I work for a living… There are no days off when there are plants to water (or they die!) and animals to feed & water (or they suffer &/or die)! So I have done what anyone in my situation has to do, I have embraced it wholeheartedly! And I LOVE my Family! My ‘everyday’ Lifestyle! And I LOVE MY Job! ❤️

“He who works with his hands is a laborer.

He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.

He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”

   ~ Saint Francis of Assisi

Happy Labor Day 🇺🇸 to everyone that Labor’s out there! I hope you love your job too! 🙏🏻

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! I have been looking through pictures of this last week and really reflecting on all the good things that happened. There is and will always be bad things that happen in life, but I try to focus and reflect on the good ones… Business is good, our gardens are flourishing, and one of my oldest friends just got married to the girl of his dreams ❤️ I was his best man to boot 😊 Darn good week!

Thats my buddy Matt grinning from ear to ear 😊 They were just pronounced man & wife🥂
My bride looked beautiful as well!
The music was so beautiful! I had never heard a harpest play in person like this… WOW ❤️
I got to catch up with my brother Scott! We almost had a beard fight 🤣
Matt cut the cake with his Viking broadsword 🗡 What an Awesome day!

I LOVE outdoor weddings! And this one stole the show ❤️ Perfect weather, music, food, friends and family… Thats what its all about!

Congratulations Matt & Esther Brown!❤️

Understand, I’ll slip quietly
Away from the noisy crowd
When I see the pale
Stars rising, blooming over the oaks.
I’ll pursue solitary pathways
Through the pale twilit meadows,
With only this one dream:
You come too.

~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Mark C.



Gardening is more than a Hobby! Its a way of life… A Lifestyle! | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve only got a quick minute, but I wanted to encourage everyone to get out there and plant something in your Garden! Tomatoes 🍅 Peppers 🫑 🌶 Melons 🍉 etc… Its a great hobby that will lead to a better life! Better health! Happiness 😊

A group of Garden Club Ladies are coming to tour the nursery today 😊 Im excited!

I have a Garden Club coming today, so I gotta keep this short…

  • Plant something!
  • Nurture it!
  • Watch it grow!
  • Then you will realize that your actually growing too 😊 AND, theres a Huge reward coming – Harvest 🌽 🍅🌶🫑🍉💐🐝❤️

Have a great Thursday!

PS: Thanks to the Town & Country Garden Club for coming today!

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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The Zen of Spring Frost

If you are like many Gardeners and live by the ”Last Frost Date” given in the Almanac or in your local paper, you may be very disappointed this morning… I’m getting ready to go out and uncover the hundreds of plants that I have under blankets, sheets and in a big cold frame greenhouse.

Late frost caught many off guard last night.

Why does it ’sneak up’ on us so often?

With me its all about staying in tune with the particular season. Spring here in West TN fluctuates from sweaty 80’s weather to 60 mile an hour winds with frost and snow ❄️ BUT, that relationship you form with the seasons and the changes is where the Zen lies…
But, its tough to wait! As soon as the forsythia and the daffodil 🌼 blooms I’m already setting up my planters and pots 🪴 And, I try to be ready for people coming in to my Nursery early, which means we spend a month or more moving plants in and out of the greenhouse… 😊

All these things we do, hoping to solve the ‘Riddle of Spring’! 😊

Finding balance and Zen within ourselves is found within our own Gardens…

PS: The good news is, I think we are past Frost now for real!

“The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

~ Henry Van Dyke


Have a great Tuesday!

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…

Were you early to church this morning? Or, were you more like me and actually set your clocks ahead like we were supposed to, only to have to drag your butt out of bed 🛏 Springing forward ain’t easy!

I will gladly readjust my time for SPRING!

As I watch the snow melt this morning, Spring is in the air! And in a week, it will be official 😊 I am so ready for longer evenings, flowers, boating season and homegrown tomato’s 🍅.

“In spring when maple buds are red, 
We turn the clock an hour ahead; 
Which means, each April that arrives, 
We lose an hour out of our lives. 

Who cares? When autumn birds in flocks 
Fly southward, back we turn the clocks, 
And so regain a lovely thing 
That missing hour we lost in spring.”

~ Phyllis McGinley

Mark C.



Waterfall Wednesday | #Waterfallwednesday | Paris | Jackson, TN

“Waterfalls are my business and business is good!” Oh how I Love saying that 😊 It’s really a blessing when get to do something for a living that you really Love. And I Love ❤️ Waterfalls!
Waterfalls change everything… Seriously! I can’t think of any other Landscape feature that will transform and dramatically change an area like a Beautiful Waterfall! Take this photo and short video for instance. This Waterfall Fountain is in the foyer of one of the nicest restaurants in Paris! I know it’s a long distance from many, but if you’ve never been to Paris… Forget the Eiffel Tower… It’s worth it just to see this Waterfall! 🌊 and to taste the food!

When I walked into this entryway, I immediately stopped! A cool blast of air hits you and your bathed in the sound of this Water Feature! It set such a nice tone! I hear a bird chirping too! 🐦 Then they followed it up with excellent service and delicious food 🥘 🍲

I very rarely give a public review of local restaurants, but this was such a nice experience all the way around, I feel like they deserve a mention… So if your looking for a nice place in Paris, try …

Mousto’s in Paris, TN (expect a wait.) But it’s worth it😊


The Eiffel Towel (mini), The Riviera (tennessee), the savoir’ faire (southern)… Ahhhh, how I love Paris in the Summer!

I hope the clip of this Waterfall makes your day as well! There’s nothing like a Waterfall to set the mood 😊 Have a great afternoon…

Mark Carter
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2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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http://www.cartercountry.com

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Sunday Reflections…

Does the changing of the seasons change your entire world? If it does, you may be in a seasonal business… Or, you may just be a gardener 🪴

Between watering plants, designing water features and landscapes and running a business, it’s sometimes hard to find the time to attend to your own garden. Sunday’s in the garden are my therapy…

What a beautiful Sunday morning! A dense fog burned off into a gorgeous Sunny day! I for one won’t be wasting time inside watching TV 📺

My “Seasonal Sunday Office” is feeling pretty good 😌

If your wondering what my beautiful photographer is looking at…. 👇🏻
One of our greenhouse frogs 🐸 send me an idea for a great greenhouse frog name 💥 I’ll post it in your honor 😉

“An altered look about the hills;
A Tyrian light the village fills;
A wider sunrise in the dawn;
A deeper twilight on the lawn;
A print of a vermilion foot;
A purple finger on the slope;
A flippant fly upon the pane;
A spider at his trade again;
An added strut in chanticleer;
A flower expected everywhere …”

~  Emily Dickinson, Nature : April

Have a happy day!

Mark C.



Spring Has Finally Sprung! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I’ve been counting down the days and hollering “Spring is Coming” from the rooftops! It’s felt like a long time coming, but Spring is finally here!

Ahhhh, Spring! Renewal. Resurgence. Resurrection.

Everything is waking up and flushing out again! How can you help but feel an awaking in this season ❤️ I Love Spring!

Today we sit in the center, with equal night and day. The Vernal/Spring Equinox.

Its going to be a beautiful day! Springtime in Tennessee! 🌼🌞❤️

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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Does Anyone Love You More Than Your Dog?

All my memories as far back as I can recall, involve a dog. “Mans best friend” didn’t get to be their calling card for no reason! I really believe that Dogs make us better people…

Just look at that face. This is Tracker. She was a great girl.

Yesterday we all got out to do a few things in the snow and ice. Long story short, I twisted my ankle a bit… And Scout is stove up a bit today as well. But, when she saw me in pain, she crawled over to me this morning to let me know that she loved me. Your dog wants to take care of you more than their self… What an admirable trait.

Believe it or not, my dog loves watching the sunset. Maybe it’s because we are watching and paying the setting sun ☀️ attention, but he loves it too ❤️
Let’s play in the snow! ❄️
One of my favorite pictures! My Dad, my 1st dog Heidi & Me wearing my his hat and coat 😊
Always ready to have some fun.

Im gonna try to be more like my dogs from now on. I think if we all did, the world would be a better place😊

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”
~ Josh Billings

Have a great Weekend!

Mark Carter



Saturday Night…

Saturday nights have changed a bit over the last year… A little less exciting… A little less, well, everything. Until tonight! We finally got to make up for a couple of cancelled vacations and more. We got to go to … Paris! 💥

Paris in the daylight is a sight to behold, but Paris at night 😘 pièce de résistance!

We even got to eat the most famous of all Parisian foods… Yep, catfish!

You may not have known this, but Paris is home to the Worlds BIGGEST Fish Fry! 💥

I hope your Saturday night was as exciting as mine!



Have a great evening 😊

Mark Carter