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A Koi Story for Today | What Does Koi Mean in Japanese? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio

If you don’t have a Water Garden & keep Koi, you don’t understand how attached you get to your Pond & Fish! You just don’t understand how going out and interacting with your fish and hearing that waterfall literally takes you to another place… Almost instantly, you calm down… Your blood pressure goes down… Your breathing smooths out… It’s like… Magic! I Love My Pond & I LOVE my Koi!

Love your Koi & keep your Koi happy and healthy as we transition into Spring by feeding them quality Cool Temperature Koi Food | Carters Nursery Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee | I ❤️ Koi!

As you know Koi are huge in the culture of Japan. I love learning more about Japan & about Koi. I’ve been blogging about Koi every Wednesday for the last year & have learned a lot of things in the process. I have also tried to pass along some good information to you through my BLOG.  One thing I have had fun learning more about is their language & about Kanji – what is kanji you ask?

kan·ji
/ˈkänjē/
noun – a system of Japanese writing using Chinese characters.

I wanted to share a similarity that I thought was Awesome! The word Koi in English means decorative carp of course. But in Japanese it has more than 1 meaning, and it makes complete & total sense to me 😊

This Kanji means Koi. It’s also the Kanji for Love ❤️ Makes sense to me 😊

恋は盲目
Koi wa moumoku / Love is Blind!

恋に師匠なし
Koi ni shishou nashi / Love needs no teaching

Both have the common Kanji 

Koi &/or Love…

Isn’t that cool?! 😎 Going to the Koi pond is truly going out for a dose of LOVE! Bam! 💥 Write this down! – “KOI = LOVE”!

 

Happy Pondering!  🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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I ❤️ Pondless Waterfalls! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I ❤️ Pondless Waterfalls! I love designing them and I love building them! Everyone is a unique work of art 😊 But, do you know what a “Pondless Waterfall” is….? Your about to find out 💥

 

Pondless Waterfalls give you all the beauty & sound that you can imagine, without the maintenance of a pond! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee. Click on the link below to see more Pondless Waterfalls that we designed and built at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.https://pin.it/m6vw3tqamfoeed

 

Once you see one, you can imagine one in your own backyard where you can enjoy it everyday.  We have several “Live” working displays at the nursery that you are welcome to come by and see at your convenience. “Low Maintenance Outdoor Enjoyment” is what it’s all about.

Thanks & Happy Pondering 🤔

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Have You Seen My Digital Magazine? Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

I started this digital magazine a while back. It has stories, articles & videos all about the ‘Outdoor Lifestyle’. It’s called a “Flipboard” & I think you’ll like it 😊 Click the link & start flipping. If you enjoy it, subscribe.

Flip through my magazine for articles & videos all about the Lifestyle. Click on the link you see below

http://flip.it/2ahRZH

 

Happy Pondering 🤔

 

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 Growing Popularity of Outdoor Living! Revisited! | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I penned this one several years ago but it still gets read and brought up to me. This one was published in Tennessee Gardener & I have had many Master Gardeners bring the article to shows and events over the years. It’s still very relevant today so I wanted to re-blog it 😊 I don’t have all the original pictures that were published with the story anymore. Let me know what you think. It’s all about Ourdoor Living!

Outdoor Lifestyle Areas allow you to really enjoy the backyard. A Pond, Patio, grill and garden area to get comfy is the Ultimate! This is one of my Outdoor Room displays at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tn. 38305

Living The Life Abundant

I see more and more people staying home these days… myself included. Instead of taking that trip to Spain, France or even Disney World, more and more of us are staying local and putting our time and money into our Homes & BACKYARDS! This is a huge trend across the country and it has been growing by leaps and bounds since 9/11. The trend has a name too, they call it “Cocooning ”.

It makes good sense to me! Instead of spending your vacation running around the country, spending all the money you saved, just to get back home more exhausted than before you left; Why not put your time and money into your home and backyard and enjoy it year round with your family and friends… Watergarden’s, Koi Ponds, Swimming Pools, Backyard Patios and Decks, Outdoor Kitchens with Herb Gardens and Pottery overflowing with Vegetables and Flowers 🤗 Sound good? That sounds like the ‘Life Abundant’ to me !

Lakeside Living at its Best

One of my clients recently decided to sell his beautiful home and build a new home in a local, private lakeside development. After I saw the lot I was as excited as he and his wife were! Living on the water is a wonderful thing! I was asked to work up a ‘simple’ backyard plan that would include a swimming pool with natural stone waterfalls, a watergarden with aquatic plants and fish, a stone patio with lots of space and a fishing area down by the lake. In other words, a resort right there in their own backyard. “Cocooning 101 ”!

We went to work right away and developed a ‘Concept Design’ for the back yard. With only a few minor changes we were ready to get started creating their new ‘Back yard Resort’. It was a fairly large scale job and the actual work took approximately 1 month to complete. We used specimen quality stone and nice mature plant material on this project so the first full season for this landscape looked like it had been there for quite awhile. Let me tell you folks… It changed their lives for the good!

This is a Google Earth image of the project that this story was written about over 10 years ago. Complete with a huge stone patio, large Koi Pond bordering/between the upper patio & the Pool deck/patio. An in-ground pool with a beautiful waterfall and jump rock & gorgeous landscaping right on the side of the lake. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Just Do It

Whether you live on a lake or on any average city street, you too can create a Backyard Haven that you will love coming home to each and every day. It all starts with a basic Landscape Plan; Sit down with pen and paper and do a basic sketch, OR call me, I can help!  Include a place to sit within the garden, a deck or patio, be sure to include a Fountain or Watergarden, definitely  some beautiful Shrubs and Flowers, maybe some basic Vegetables and Herbs in the Landscape or in a container like Tomato’s or Basil and Cilantro. Before you know it, you will be eating dinner out there every night. Your Lifestyle will change for the better – and you my friends will be living the ‘Life Abundant’ !

Thanks & Merry Christmas! 🎄🎅🏻❤️

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 Zen – Christmas GOLD! Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Good Morning! We are mere days from Christmas 🎄 🎅🏻 and I wanted to share something with you. I have been talking about the “Ultimate Christmas Gift” being a Custom Waterfall built for you at your home. AND, I have sold a few “Christmas Pond Packages” to some very happy people 😊 But I wanted to share more info on what it’s like to have one of these ponds right outside your own door. Believe me, it’s a life changer! You literally start living out there! Cooking & eating, setting up furniture & music, etc., etc… Imagine a Zen fix everyday! It will change your life!

Working and spending time in my garden is my enjoyment, my Zen…

Here is the same Water Garden in Winter. No blooms, but still BEAUTIFUL! AND I still get my daily Zen and then some😊 |Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

Check out this quick video I shot one night of my pond and outdoor kitchen area, you’ll see what I mean.

 

 

Have a great day! Merry Christmas! 🎅🏻

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Friday Radio Report…

Great show today with the 180’Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass!

It is a rainy, overcast day but Christmas is in the air!

Come visit Carters Nursery for some unique Christmas gifts. Our most popular gift is a Carters Nursery Gift Certificate! Come by and get one today!

 

Al Overton of Overton Hardwood Floors was in the studio. He talked about finishing hardwood floors and the attention to detail that it takes to get a perfect floor finish. http://overtonflooringjackson.com/

 

Dan Reaves is doing a special Christmas open house at Grubbs Grocery tomorrow, Saturday the 15th. – Free samples & special gifts so don’t miss it!!

Come by tomorrow for the Christmas open house!

 

Gardening is still a relevant subject too! LOTS of chores and things to do …

  •  leaf cleanup!
  • composting
  • cutting back perennials
  • trimming trees
  • planting spring flowering bulbs
  • planting shrubs & trees 🌳
  • mulching & more!

 

There’s a HUGE event tonight (starts at 7pm.!) over at Lambuth college! You can get your tickets at the door – Check it out at the link below! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-annual-our-jackson-home-holiday-show-hosted-by-lolo-tickets-52037222734

Support RIFA and come hear some great music TONIGHT!

Heres one of my favorite Christmas songs that I just ❤️! Even though it’s a melancholy tune… Enjoy 😊

Thanks for all the calls and texts!

Merry Christmas y’all!

I’m on with the 180 Crew – Dan Reaves & Sea Bass- every Friday from 9-11am Call in with ALL your gardening and Outdoor Lifestyle questions at 731-423-8101.
OR you can TEXT us at 731-277-5155. Listen LIVE at 101.5 WNWS – FM Talk Radio – on your smart phone using your TuneIn app.!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
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Monday Morning Moment of Zen | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

When you have your own Fire Pit, every night becomes an outdoor event 😊 And when it’s a gas burning Fire Pit 🔥 there’s no wood to haul & no clean-up afterwards either! Just ‘click’ and a perfect fire every time! Here’s a little slo-mo teaser of a nice Custom Stone Fire Pit we built.

 

Here’s to a Great Monday!

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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