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Sunday Reflections… Happy Mother’s Day!

Today started early… Straiten up the house, spray off the porch and food prep for lunch… Not just any lunch mind you – Its Mothers Day! 💥

Four VIP Moms in my life! What would we do without Momma?

I’m gonna keep it short today, because lunch is coming quick! Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there! I hope you all have a very special day!

“There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas

Creation’s most unique and precious pearls

And heaven help us always to remember

That the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.”

~ Glen Campbell & Steve Wariner

Happy Mother’s Day momma!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

All I can say is ”What a beautiful morning”! I think every bird in the world is singing the song of Spring! Ive been up and out since early… Coffee ☕️ ✔️ Breakfast ✔️ Watering ✔️ … We have moved pottery a bit and potted some things up as well. Its mid-morning break time, so I thought I would write this little blog and fix some homemade Lemonade 🍋 Nothing tastes as good as a fresh glass of sweet lemonade on a spring morning.

I just Love Spring!

“It’s lemonade in a cardboard cup between the legs of a freshly tanned, sunglass wearing, brown eyed girl. It’s a white Jeep, blaring Enrique loud.

It’s the sweat beneath the dark curls. It’s the country song that brings tears to your eyes. It’s the lessons learned, the mistakes made. It’s the future ahead, bright and beautiful. It’s the laughter, memories. It’s the good things in life. 

It’s Spring.

~ Alixis Russell


I’ll see y’all in the house about dark:30…

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I got up with the sun, fixed coffee, put on my garden shoes on the porch and haven’t been back inside yet… Again, short handed at the nursery and so many chores to do… even on the sabbath 🙏🏻 But I feel good with it, (see Luke 14), when Jesus demonstrates to the Pharisees that some emergencies must be dealt with immediately, even if it means breaking the sabbath to do so… Ox in the ditch… Or in our case, watering to keep plant stock alive… And to beautify the landscape❤️

At least I got my ”better half” helping! She’s the hardest working gal in show business! “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” ~ Proverbs 31:10

Even tho we are working 7 days a week right now, I know at the end of the day that I’m a very lucky and a very blessed man! 🙏🏻

“Come, fill the Cup, and in the Fire of Spring
The Winter Garment of Repentance fling:
The Bird of Time has but a little way
To fly–and Lo! the Bird is on the Wing.”
~ Omar Khayyám

Have a wonderful Sunday Afternoon!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

I had to put my jacket on this morning when I walked outside with my 1st cup of coffee 🥶 It was a little chilly… BUT, it’s supposed to get up to 78 degrees this afternoon 🌞 Great news! A little more great news, we have ‘probably’ gotten passed our last frost! Can you say Spring Planting Time!

One of my New Years Resolutions was to grow more Tomato’s 🍅 Game on!💥

I’m heading back inside to make another pot of coffee and fix some breakfast… Then its on!

Creamy grits with a fried egg 🍳 One of my ’go-to’s’…
Its Sunday! Don’t forget the 🥞

My advice is to get out and enjoy this beautiful day! 🌞

“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
You know how it is with an April day.
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You’re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
a cloud come over the sunlit arch,
And wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”
~ Robert Frost


Have a great Sunday!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

What a BEAUTIFUL Day!!! 🌞🌼 What do you do on an Sunday in the Spring, when you own a nursery, with limited help and beau·coup plants 🪴? You water 🚿 and then you water 🚿 some more… And in between, you clean and cut back and fertilize, ad infinitum… But, on a day like today, its not an awful deal…

“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”

~ Charlotte Bronte’

I’m going inside… Been a long day 😊

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Well, the first week of Spring has been exciting as advertised! Plants, Ponds, Stones and Boulders have been flying! Today – Grass to trim, bird feeders to fill! Including the Hummingbird Feeders that we have recently put back up for our returning babies ❤️ But not until we eat Breakfast!

Country Ham, eggs and biscuits! Suey!!!

Jacob also insists on getting a haircut today, so Jo made quick work of that!

Decent pile of hair came off that boy!

Just to prove my point that its a lot of hair… It didnt take much shaping of the pile to reveal a “dead dog” 😂

Anyway… It turns out that our son was under that pile of hair too 😮 WOW!

I would have kept going… But it turned out well 😊


The Barber came to cut my hair, 
I told him that it wasn’t fair. 
My hair had done him no harm, 
Without it I would loose my charm. 
The Barber he grinned a silly grin, 
Said to cut my hair would be no sin. 
That I should face it like a man, 
But I’m a coward and away I ran. 
Do you like sitting in a Barbers chair, 
With him chopping away your lovely hair. 
Once my head was full of curls, 
Covering my face with twisty twirls. 
But then the Barber came my way, 
I was a child, I had no say. 
Off came my curls one by one, 
The Barber seemed to have great fun. 
Now I’m old and very grey, 
I’m nearly bald, my hairs gone away. 
But when I see a Barbers chair, 
I feel the loss of my curly hair. 
You know I truly rue the day, 
When that first Barber came my way.

– Bernard Shaw


Have a great Sunday Evening!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Good Morning! And, ”Happy Vernal Equinox! I’ve been hollering ’Spring is Coming’ since February, and finally – here we are 🌼 SPRING!

Belle has been patIently waiting for Spring and the Flowers that follow 😊

Yesterday we held our annual Spring Workshop and Customer Appreciation Day and so many people came out! We talked gardening, water gardening, Koi, and more. We ate some Wonderful Craft-made Pizzas 🍕 and saw some beautiful Art Displayed by a wonderful local artist – Matt Brown.

Featured Artist Matt Brown and two Lovely Ladies ❤️
Our local news station even came out and interviewed us and shot some video.

The Sun finally popped out late in the day and we saw the Full Moon after dark 🌝

We found Spring by the light of the 🌕

Now that Spring is here, its time to go to work!

“Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.

~ Robert Frost, A Prayer in Spring.

Y’all Have a Beautiful Sunday!

Mark C.



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.



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…

We are 2 weeks from the time change. We “Spring forward” Sunday March the 13th at 2am! Then only a week after that BOOM 💥 1st day of Spring! Rain and more rain 🌧 Wind 💨 Ice 🧊 Snow ❄️ – But still, Spring is Coming! This lingering winter weather and slow build up and transition is always what causes my Spring Fever 🌼 🤒 🌼

Spring Fever is real! Heres a quote from a few years back – ”Back when the phrase first appeared in the U.S. in the 1850s, spring fever meant “the listless feeling caused by the first sudden increase of temperature in spring,” according to one dictionary.”

If nothing else, this energy for Spring gets me up and moving! Its Sunday and I’ve already done a full days work! 😊 The week ahead looks promising! I have a LOT of work to catch up on!

Even the Psalmist writes of a yearning in the scriptures – “I yearn for the Lord, more than watchmen do for the morning, yes, more than watchmen do for the morning.” ~ Psalm 130:6

Spring is Coming!

“Is the Spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”… “It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine”…

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


Have a great Sunday!

Mark C.