Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

Turn off the TV, lay down the smart phone, relax your mind for a little while… I’ve been reflecting on things lately. My life, family, country, God. I for one feel blessed! I am proud to be an American! I took this picture last night as we watched the sunset. Old Glory speaks volumes if you’ll listen…

I want to take a minute and say how thankful I am to be an American! No other country on the face of the earth affords us the rights and privileges that we have as Americans. Stand up! Speak your mind! Hold your ground! God Bless America! 🇺🇸

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.


Peace,

 

Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

Sunday morning report –

The garden is growing like gangbusters! Vegetables as well as flowers 🌺 As the days get longer and longer it’s tough for me to ever actually make it in the house 😊 But, as soon as I get in there in the a/c… sleep comes quickly. I Love ❤️ it! 

I’m enjoying my hanging baskets and flowers 🌺 this season! I’ve created a “plant wall” of sorts to give me more shade and more privacy. I ❤️ It!

I’m enjoying the quiet sunrise all by my little lonesome 😊 But here in a few, I’m gonna fix breakfast for everyone… Then, I’m gonna spend the rest of the morning finishing up my planting! Boy how I love Sunday gardening! 

“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”

     ~ Gertrude Jekyll


Have a great Sunday! 

 Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections….

Memorial Day is a Holy Day! A day we remember and hold high those true hero’s that gave all for our freedom! 

Thank you! To all the men and women who gave all so we could have and enjoy our freedom! Tell your kids and grandkids what this day stands for! 🇺🇸 God Bless America 💥


“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived.”

– George S. Patton


Have a Great Memorial Day Weekend! 

 ~ Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

Have a blessed Sunday & a wonderful week as we “re-open” our country! 

Watching & listening to the sounds of my waterfall made me think about this verse below. Prayers for a recovery for our country, our economy and our world ❤️

“And the Lord will continually guide you,
And satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a watered garden,
And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.

Isaiah 58:11


Have a blessed day!

 

  ~ Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! Warm with a light breeze, the tree pollen is down a bit too. Perfect Sunday morning in May! 

I’m getting my Garden in order this weekend. I love the month of May!

I really start planting in earnest when May arrives. Frost is behind us & the garden is calling… The whole world is alive and thriving now 😊 It feels so nice! I’m going back inside to have breakfast, then it’s on! 


“May and June.  Soft syllables, gentle names for the two best months in the garden year: cool, misty mornings gently burned away with a warming spring sun, followed by breezy afternoons and chilly nights.  The discussion of philosophy is over; it’s time for work to begin.” 
  ~ Peter Loewer

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

Sunday morning is my favorite morning to grab a cup of coffee and get outside! This morning the birds were singing up a storm & there was still a good breeze blowing. Last night was more of a gale force wind 💨 LOTS of plants to stand up at the nursery 😊 

Like most late April’s, we have been sunny and warm one day to cool and raining the next… Tonight looks like we are getting down into the upper 30’s 🥶 But, that’s April in Tennessee! Can you say “Blackberry Winter”! 

When the Wisteria and the Blackberries are blooming, expect a cold snap. The old folks call it Blackberry Winter 🥶

 

“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 Blessed Sunday! 

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Bad storm last night! Tornado sirens, heavy winds, hail, lightning, thunder, etc, etc… Scary! 
But this morning – Beautiful sunrise! Calm winds, the birds 🐦 are singing! Gorgeous! 

Up with the sun! It’s time to get outside & see what’s happening in the garden. Spring is Here! The whole world is coming to life!

I guess my point on this beautiful Sunday morning is – When this storm ⛈ (Coronavirus) gets past us, we are in for something nice! We just have to ride it out… The Calm after the storm … 

I’m approaching everyday one step at a time! Today’s plan –

  •  Breakfast 🥞 
  • Work on my Container Garden
  • Shower
  • Nap!
  • Fire up Grill
  • Eat
  •  Guitar 🎸 
  • Early to Bed! 

“I am tired, I am worn
For this is the calm after the storm
Heart beat ceases to race
Everything seems to fall into place
Take comfort in cycles and patterns,
Separate the insignificant from what matters
History repeats itself they say,
The universe works in funny ways
So push thoughts of growing older,
Of growing colder, of forgetting to be bolder
To the back of my mind
Shelved away somewhere difficult to find
And think instead of stories that turn out okay
Think of the sound of waves and rainy days
For I am slowly breathing
Almost sleeping
Nearly dreaming
Simply being.“

   ~ Rachel

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Beautiful morning! 🌞 We all got up together this morning and watched Sunday Morning together & I fixed breakfast. Nothing new, I always fix breakfast on Sunday Morning 😊 But this morning I took separate orders… Be careful what you ask for 😂

Homemade blueberry syrup and whipped cream for one (who couldn’t wait for the picture😃). #2 Eggs over easy on the side with a short stack – butter and real maple syrup. And finally, cheese grits with 2 egss over medium… That was me 😎

As you see, everyone ordered something different… No problem! It’s just nice to be able to fix what the ones you love really want! 

”Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

   ~ Marcel Proust

Have a great Sunday Morning! 

Peace 🌱 


Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful Sunday morning! Cool and crisp! Warming today, but several days of rain ahead… Ahhh, but it’s March! Springtime is only inches away 😊 I can feel it!

Last weeks bud is this weeks early flower. Spring is almost here!

 

The First Of March 

“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

Have a Great Sunday!

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

This time of year is a challenge. Spring is almost here, but not quite… Everything is starting to emerge & bursting to bloom. It’s actually a magical time to watch everything come back to life. No other time of year holds the magic for me like the next couple months or so 😊

My saucer Magnolia – Magnolia X soulangeana is about to burst open! Many years, it blooms too early and gets bitten by late frost. Hopefully not this year 🤞🏻

As winter turns the corner
And spring is on the way
I wait with mounting happiness
To see what comes today.

I also love the cold days
With frost upon the sill
But something special happens
Once winter’s had its fill.

The crocus buds are swollen
The daffodils sprout so tall
Something special happens
As spring time makes its call.

So get ready for the changes
That happen none too soon
When spring time rounds that corner
And flowers start to bloom!

~ Marilyn Lott

Have a great Sunday!

 

Mark C.