Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

When we’re talking music, to me there’s nothing more powerful than a man and his guitar 🎸 singing  a meaningful tune. When you add the fact that the man is a true poet, magic can happen… This is my favorite version of this old tune, perfect for this Sunday Morning.

Enjoy your Sunday Morning 🌞

~ Mark C.

 



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful, cold morning! I was going to do this blog on the porch with my morning coffee, but I didn’t make it 😊 A little too cold 🥶 … Yesterday was our Annual Fall Fest, and it was a Great one! Lots of family’s came out to take part in the festivities & Eat lunch with us. Kids fell in love with the animals, all the pumpkins were carved, the piñata was busted by a determined group of kids 😊 And Adam led a great class on seasonal pond maintenance.

I made a collage out of the 200 pictures I had to choose from 😊 Lots of Fun yesterday!

This was the last event of the season for the Nursery, which is always bittersweet… We have had some really high notes this year at our events & as always, I can’t wait till next year! ❤️

Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas are coming fast now. I hope we can all enjoy every minute!

Have a Great Sunday!

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

I was up early to drink coffee and enjoy these wonderful morning temperatures 😊 We were up late last night seeing over the latest Moonlight Pond Tour event. What a wonderful, beautiful night! The weather was perfect & so many people came through to look at the Gardens & Ponds.

It was such a perfect night for a Pond Tour! I just Love this Waterfall! ❤️

Jo and I spent the majority of the night at the nursery selling tickets and visiting with friends new and old. We saw lots of family’s young and old alike, just enjoying being outside in the garden, under the Harvest Moon 🌝 It made me think of this poem by Carl Sandburg-

“Under the harvest moon,
When the soft silver
Drips shimmering
Over the garden nights,
Death, the gray mocker,
Comes and whispers to you
As a beautiful friend
Who remembers.
Under the summer roses
When the flagrant crimson
Lurks in the dusk
Of the wild red leaves,
Love, with little hands,
Comes and touches you
With a thousand memories,
And asks you
Beautiful, unanswerable questions.”
   ~ Carl Sandburg

Thanks to everyone who participated and donated to the Jackson Animal Care Center! And a very special Thank You to the wonderful Homeowners who allowed us all to stroll through their Gardens in the Moonlight 🌕❤️

Have a Wonderful Sunday!

 

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

I was up late last night and into the early morning hours. Playing with my new camera 📸 This morning all I wanted was a cup of coffee 😎

I walked into the kitchen to fix some coffee, Jo said ‘look by the chair’… Sure enough, she had me fixed up and ready at my favorite spot😊

 

“From the cupboard two mugs are brought
Grounds are measured, water hot
The drips fill up the coffee ***

From the spout the bold brew streams
One sweet with sugar, rich with cream
The other black, reflection gleams
Both give rise to wisps of steam

Anticipation piqued
Each unique

At first, slow sips with careful words
Not too much, don’t get burned

Pleasure comes with each sip
The words caressing from your lip
Drinks become deeper, feelings slip

My cup’s now empty, but my heart is lit”

~ Jaron

 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.



Saturday ‘Road Song’

Everyone loves a good ‘Road Song’. A perfect song to get behind the wheel and set off to… I have always loved this old John Kilzer song! Since Johns untimely death, it’s now available on iTunes with that entire album! In my opinion, one of the best rock albums EVER!

This has always been one of my favorites off this album. John was an Awesome musician! May he Rest In Peace!

Here’s the song –

I’m gonna get out on the Highway today myself! Y’all have a great weekend!

PS: Take a few minutes and put together a “Road Song Playlist” – Then get out and take a ride around your beautiful area of the world and enjoy!😎

~ Mark Carter



Beauty In The Rising & Setting Sun | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

If you follow my Blog or my Facebook page you know I LOVE Sunrises and Sunsets. I try to get good angles and take pretty pictures of them & then post em’ 😊 I thought about how many I have sat and waited for over the years last night while Jo & I sat on the bank of the river waiting on the perfect picture…

This was last nights sunset. There was a nice breeze blowing and the ‘Feeling’ was in the air 😊

Here’s a few Sunrises and Sunsets from my archives. Many of them hold special memories and significance for me.

 

Go out tonight & enjoy the Sunset 😊

 

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



A Gift With Love And Meaning ❤️

I bet a Lot of you have watched and enjoyed the movie Lonesome Dove 🕊 It is one of my favorites of all time. I really like old Gus, he’s one of the most colorful characters in the movie for sure 😊 When they hit the trail going north, he made sure his old Livery sign went with!

One of my favorite movies 🎥My wife made this sign as a gift for me recently. I LOVE it!

Cut to reality… My wife & I recently celebrated our 26th wedding anniversary. I took her on a “Antiquing, Junking, Pickin Trip” to celebrate, which I thought was pretty good 😎 But she topped me! She prepped, painted and lettered me a replica of Gus’s old sign for my “junk wall” (don’t ask)…

Did you ever wonder what that Latin phrase at the bottom meant?

uva uvam vivendo varia fit

It literally means – a grape changes color (ripens) when it sees another grape.

I wondered on that for quite a while. I think it means that when you see another person like you, in spirit or soul – that you make each other better (ripe)… I think that’s an Awesome metaphor for a great friendship or marriage. ❤️

I guess we are just a couple of old grapes 🍇 😊

 

Peace, Love, Gifts with meaning & Old Grapes 🍇

 

Mark C.