Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

Man I love a rainy Sunday Morning ❤️ I’ve been out on the porch since about 6am just listening 👂🏻 First to the thunder, then the lightning 🌩 then the storm hit ⛈ I fell back asleep in my papasan chair 😴 I woke back up with a song in my head… Riders on the Storm by the Doors. So I go inside to get my guitar and when I come back, I had to find another seat… My audience was waiting…

She loves to lay in MY papasan chair and listen to me play guitar 🎸

We have had a busy week at work! Hosted a birthday party 🎈 Went to an Art Show 🖼 Drove to several out of town locations for design meetings, watered, mowed, mechanic’d, and still didn’t get it all done… and I wouldn’t have it any other way! A busy schedule is a good thing! A blessing 🙏🏻
But today, I’m gonna watch it rain for a while…

“I hear leaves drinking rain;
I hear rich leaves on top
Giving the poor beneath
Drop after drop;
’Tis a sweet noise to hear
These green leaves drinking near.

And when the Sun comes out,
After this Rain shall stop,
A wondrous Light will fill
Each dark, round drop;
I hope the Sun shines bright;
’Twill be a lovely sight.”

~ W.H. Davies


Have a lovely Sunday!

Mark C.



Gone, but NOT Forgotten… 45 Years Later & Still the King of Rock n’ Roll 🙏🏻

Just sharing a memory about this day 45 years ago… I was a kid, but a huge Elvis fan! Because of my mom… My mother was a ‘Die Hard’ Elvis gal! – I remember the phone ringing in the Kitchen and mom getting it, but something was different in her tone… She ran past me and turned on the TV and then I knew what was going on. Elvis had been rushed to the hospital and had just died… I remember how she cried 🥲 We all loved Elvis ❤️

In his day there was no one as cool as Elvis!

Rest In Peace ❤️

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.



Christmas Music Makes The Season Special 🎶🎅🏻
Saint Nick can pick a mean guitar 🎸

Every year I try to refine my ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy for the season. Christmas music is playing as I write this 🎅🏻 I hope you enjoy the music of the season as much as I do…
Top 10 Christmas List for 2021…

1- Hard Candy Christmas – Dolly Parton

2- Tennessee Christmas – Alabama

3- Christmas in Paradise – Mary Gauthier

4- 25th December – Everything but the girl

5- Thankful for Christmas – Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett

7- Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

8- Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keen

9- Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles

10- Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates

This list should get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying! 

Merry Christmas y’all!

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



Moonlight + Music = Magic 🌕✨| Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

As you know, This Saturday evening is the Moonlight Pond Tour. It’s always such a special evening. We time this Garden Tour with the Harvest Moon each Fall and it has became my favorite event that Carters Nursery produces.

The Full Harvest Moon, beautiful Gardens to explore, the feeling of the night… Don’t miss this one folks, Best Date Night of the Year!

This year, we are going to have someone special at the Nursery during the Pond Tour… He will be playing his guitar and singing a few choice selections for all those that wander our gardens this special night 🎸

Jackson Tennessees own Willi X Evans will be picking some special tunes for attendees of the Moonlight Pond Tour. Come by the nursery during the evening, enjoy the gardens and listen to some great music under the Moon and Stars 🌕✨

What: The 17th. Annual Moonlight Pond Tour
When: Saturday, September 18th. from dusk (7:00) till 11pm.
Where: Beautiful North Jackson, Tn. in Madison County.
Why: It’s Fun, Affordable and it’s for a GREAT CAUSE – The Jackson Animal Care Center! A truly Unique & Beautiful Garden Tour!
Tickets: $20 for the Pond Tour (no charge for kids age 12 and under)

See y’all Saturday 🌕

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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Waterfall Wednesday | #waterfallwednesday | Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I wanted to share my Waterfall and outdoor living area with you today. Our Moonlight Pond Tour is only a week and a half away, so heres a little glimpse into what tour going to see on the Tour

I just love my outdoor space at night! And I just know you will too.

Come see us and enjoy the tour! 100% of all donations go directly to the Jackson Animal Care Center ❤️

Have a great afternoon!

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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Throwback Thursday | Pickled Peppers 🌶 & Guitar 🎸 Pickin’

This popped up as a Facebook Memory today and it’s very timely in more ways than one!

It’s pepper picking time! It’s also pepper pickling time if you have a bumper crop!

My friend and fellow guitar 🎸 picker Willi X Evans posted this on Facebook 7 years ago and it popped up as a memory this morning! Perfect timing in more ways than 1! Not only is it pickling season, it’s Moonlight Pond Tour 🌝 season as well! And Willi has played the music at more Pond Tours than any other band or musician! 💥 Come see Willi X – Live! at Carters Nursery Saturday, September 18th. For our Annual

  • Moonlight Pond Tour!

Here’s the Video 👇🏻

By the way, here’s Willi’s recipe for the Pickled Peppers 🌶

So here goes –
INGREDIENTS

Makes 4 — 8 ounce jars

4 8 ounce mason or ball jars with lids and seals

Approximately15 jalapeno peppers sliced

Approximately 8 Cayenne peppers sliced

2 Cups white vinegar

1 Cup water

1 tsp pickling or Kosher salt

4 Cloves of garlic

INSTRUCTIONS

Sterlize jars and lids by placing them carefully in a pot of boiling water for at least 15 minutes
Use tongs to remove jars and lids and place on a clean towel to dry
Prepare peppers by slicing them or piercing them
Make the brine by combining the vinegar, water and salt to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
Meanwhile place the peppers in each of the 4 jars filling them up and place one clove of garlic in each
Pour brine over peppers in each jar (should be about 1/2 cup per jar)
Secure lids tightly on each jar
Bring water to boil in sterilizing pot again and submerge the 4 jars in pot — covering jars about 1/2 way
Let boil for about 30 minutes
Carefully remove jars from water with tongs and set to cool
As jars cool, listen for the lids to snap indicating a secure seal — if jar doesn’t seal, store in refrigerator
Wait a least a week before opening properly sealed jar and refrigerate after opening”

Have a great #Throwbackthursday!

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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HB JC 1932-2003

Today is Johnny’s birthdate. This isn’t really a birthday kind of song, but it will speak to you and maybe haunt you a bit as well. It does me…

Have a great weekend



Top 10 Christmas Music List 2020

Yesterday was my birthday, so I more or less messed around, ran some errands, ate take out, opened a few presents and listened to some music… Mainly Christmas music 🎅🏻
Every year I try to refine my ‘Top 10 Christmas songs’ to enjoy for the season.

Music sets the mood and makes the season so much more special 🎅🏻

Top 10 List 2020 –

1- Christmas in Paradise – Mary Gauthier

2- Christmas in Prison – John Prine

3- The Troublemaker – Willie Nelson

4- 25th December – Everything but the girl

5- Jesus and Elvis – Hayes Carll

6- Christmas Island – Jimmy Buffett

7- River – Joni Mitchell

8- Merry Christmas from the Family – Robert Earl Keen

9- Santa Clause is Watching You – Ray Stevens

10- Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry

This list should get you tapping, singing along, smiling and crying!

Merry Christmas y’all!

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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Throwback Thursday | Rest In Peace

All Johns music is in my iTunes rotation, so I hear him often. This song is a favorite of mine and stopped me dead in my tracks this morning… John had “It”… Such a talented artist. 

Rest In Peace John ❤️ Your music lives on…


Mark C.