Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

Went to bed late, and was up in time for the sunrise 🌅 What a wonderful 4th of July celebration! Now it’s off to breakfast 🥞 🍳 And then a nap 😴 😊 

God Bless America! 🇺🇸

What a beautiful evening to celebrate America! Great fireworks by Bob Keast and his Birdsong crew! God Bless America! 🇺🇸

 

“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
   Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
   And fired the shot heard round the world.
 
The foe long since in silence slept;
   Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
   Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
 
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
   We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
   When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
 
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
   To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
   The shaft we raise to them and thee.”
 
   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 



  Mark C. 



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…

I was thinking about my dad just now… What would I have done without him? What would my son have done without me? Dads are one of, if not THE most important figure in a boys life! Thank God for Dad! 

I was always hanging around my Dad, even at the Fire station. He taught me how to be a man. Now I have a son of my own. With my Dads help ❤️ He has turned out well too 😊



“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

   ~ Billy Graham

Happy Fathers Day to all the ‘Dads’ out there…

Have a GREAT Fathers Day! I’m going to lunch with my dad and my son to celebrate 🎉  


PS: Enjoy the socks and ties 😉

 

 Mark C. 



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning! The weather went from HOT to perfect 👌🏼 just like that. We spent last evening on the water watching the wildlife and waiting for the sunset. It was an evening well spent …

Such a peaceful evening as we float and watch the sun disappear into the horizon.


The river sleeps beneath the sky,
And clasps the shadows to its breast;
The crescent moon shines dim on high;
And in the lately radiant west
The gold is fading into gray.
Now stills the lark his festive lay,
And mourns with me the dying day.

   ~ Paul Laurence Dunbar

Have a great Sunday! 

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…

A cool, light rain was falling this morning so I grabbed a hot cup of coffee and set outside for a little while. Time always goes by pretty quick for me, but it seems like lately, It literally Flies by! It seems I’ve blinked my eyes and were over half way through April! I’m not complaining, I just want to make sure that I am spending it wisely! Not wasting it! Because I know you can never get it back…  
I guess I’m trying to savor it, like this hot coffee on a cold morning. 

“Time is passing : not leaden stepping
But sprinting on winged feet,
Quick silver slipping by.”
 ~ Richard L. Ratliff

Time flies by us… We have to learn to savor every moment.


Have a great Sunday morning!

 

Mark C.