Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

As I watched the sky slowly come to light this morning, I listened to everything wake up in turn. All the different birds singing and chirping and coming to life as the morning sun made its slow progression. No matter how many times I sit and listen, it never disappoints… I’m also always surprised at how fast the Spring moves by. Here we are in May 😳 Already in mid season. I try to enjoy every day of it! The Sunrise 🌅 to the Sunset 🌇 The Garden to the River…

Does this rock look like a hand making a peace ✌🏻 sign or is it just me? 😊
Dinners on the patio again! I love Spring! ❤️
Crazy Legs is Loving the Pond scene 😊
All this happened in one Spring day and I still made it to the river and enjoyed the sunset from the water 🌅

“The world’s favorite season is the spring. 
All things seem possible in May.”
~  Edwin Way Teale

This one was posted a little late… A VERY full day!

Enjoy your evening…

Mark C.



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.



Sunday Reflections…

Sunday Reflections…

When you live at a Nursery, there are still many things to do on a Sunday morning. Check the Greenhouses, water plants, etc… This morning there was a little storm cleanup, and we had to check all the Fountains and Ponds for debris in the skimmers and the like (Bad wind and storms last night). But I love it 😊 Walking into a warm greenhouse, the smell of the plants and the beauty of all the plants, Heaven! I’m still sitting in the greenhouse as I type this ❤️ The north wind is blowing outside today… But in here, it’s a Sunny, Warm Spring day!

You might not have a greenhouse, but I hope you get out and enjoy this beautiful day!

“I like to think of people as a greenhouse
We are only a short moment in history
We can be radiant and beautiful
We can diffuse bliss and contentment
We can show the world that there is more to it 
Some of us are short-lived gardens
We forget to water ourselves
Forget that we need sunshine to live
We forget that most on our rainy days
When clouds swarm our four walls
And the light of day does not touch us like it used to
Our flowers droop, fall, and die
We are only plants that require attention
Living objects that some pick up and some only marvel at
We are unique and earmarked
We are not the same
But each of us are fascinating in our own way
Do not forget to take care of yourself
You have so much more to yourself
Than the desolation you feel”

~ authentic

Brunch is fixing to happen 😊

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Spring is finally here and I am thankful 🙏🏻
I admit there is a lot to love about all the individual seasons… But Spring is #1 to me!

All trees are starting to bloom! Everything is waking up from winter. Spring lifts my spirits like nothing else 😊

I’m going to keep it short this morning. Mainly because I want to get outside … It’s a beautiful, sunny, 65 degree Spring day and I don’t want to miss a second of it 😊

The forsythias are in full bloom as are the redbuds! Azaleas 🌺 are coming soon.

I think I saw my first hummingbird yesterday?! It was a flash out of the corner of my eye 👁 but I know that flash pretty well. I went right up and put out a fresh feeder…

This is the time to put your feeders outside. The Hummers are coming! I ❤️ Hummingbirds 😊

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Spring morning as much as I am 😊

Have a great Sunday!

“In a pleasant spring morning all men’s sins are forgiven”
~ Thoreau.

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

The daffodils 🌼 are blooming! The daffodils are blooming!

Nothing says Spring more than blooming Daffodils 🌼

Everywhere I look I’m seeing Spring! 🌼 I feel a fog lifting off my brain this time of year. I guess it’s the seasonal depression of winter leaving 🥶 But no matter what it is, I Love it! I watched the sun come up this morning and the birds love it as well! 😊 So much activity!
Well, it’s time for breakfast 🥞 Then, I’m out for the day! Enjoy the coming Spring!

“I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.”
~ William Wordsworth

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Have you stepped outside this morning? It’s almost hot! Immediately I was buzzed by several mosquitoes 🦟 What a difference a week makes! Tomorrow is March 1st! The 1st. month of Spring! Also the month we run the clocks forward… ‘Spring forward’ is the term I do believe, and that happens 2 weeks from today! 😳

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Spring! The longer days, staying outside, getting back in the garden. Bring it!

Breakfast calls, then, who knows 😊

“The sun is brilliant in the sky but its warmth does not reach my face.
The breeze stirs the trees but leaves my hair unmoved.
The cooling rain will feed the grass but will not slake my thirst.
It is all inches away but further from me than my dreams.”
~ M. Romeo LaFlamme, The First of March

Enjoy your day!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Well I got up this morning to a still cold, mostly white, snow covered world. But today the wind is out of the south and the temperature is getting up above 50 today, so I expect to see some grass and bare areas before the day is out. It’s been over a week of being mainly trapped in the house, below zero wind chills, frozen pipes, BAD roads, Storm damage, etc… I feel ready for Spring…

This has been our reality for well over a week! But today we will get up to around 55 degrees! 🔥

In another way, its been so beautiful… We have gotten to spend some quality time together and I will miss that part of being trapped inside together 😊 I haven’t watched the news or read the paper or even payed attention to the outside world…

But, the snow is melting… This week is warming up, we will be in the 60’s by midweek! Which will bring a whole different experience that we may not be ready for either…

When all this ice melts and we warm into the 60’s + the Skeeters will be back around… You know what that means… Spring is Coming!

“There’s a patch of old snow in a corner 
That I should have guessed 
Was a blow-away paper the rain 
Had brought to rest. 

It is speckled with grime as if 
Small print overspread it, 
The news of a day I’ve forgotten — 
If I ever read it.”

~ Robert Frost

Have a Blessed Sunday! 🙏🏻

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

For the first time in years I slept past 8am on Sunday morning. It was good sleep 😴 but… Sleeping in, ain’t what it used to be 😊

Brunch is on!

sausage and onions with fresh made pancakes, whipped butter and warm maple 🍁 syrup, over medium eggs 🍳 and oolong tea ☕️

Today is Super Bowl Sunday! Always a fun day! And a milepost in the seasons for my business! For Carter’s Nursery, Tomorrow is Super Bowl Monday! A day when we start LOTS of seasonal Landscape chores… So I got that goin for me 😊

Question- Who are you pulling for in the big game? For Jo and I, we got Brady’s team – The Buccaneers 🏴‍☠️ 🏈 The biggest reason, besides the fact that Brady is probably the best ever at his position (Quarterback), is that The night that Jo had our son Jacob, was the very night that Brady made his first mark on the NFL winning a snowy game against The Raiders to move forward into the Super Bowl – His 1st. Super Bowl win! Can you say “Tuck Rule”… 😳. She laid there, in labor, and watched the entire game with me! At times of serious pain, she would ask, what’s going on? What’s the score? How’s Brady doing? A football 🏈 fan was born! And, a beautiful, bouncing baby boy to boot! Boom💥 Yes, that’s 6 B’s in a row! Thank you, thank you very much!

No matter the outcome of today’s game though, we will have fun watching it!

Have a great Sunday! And, Go Bucs!🏈💥

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

This year already seems to be in high gear 🏎 tomorrow is February 1st! Wow 😳 That means Tuesday is Groundhog Day… The halfway point till official Spring ☘️ I don’t know if it was the restrictions of last year, but I already have the worst case of “Spring Fever” that I remember!

Spring is Coming!
I can’t wait to plant my garden this year!!!

”It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!

~ Mark Twain

Have a great Sunday!

Mark C.