Carter's Water Garden


Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful day! 86 degrees and sunny 🌞 It has apparently lit a fire under me because I just cant sit down… We have been decorating and cooking, Fall cleaning and slowly getting rid of Summer plants that just have to make way for Fall 🍁

Plus, its been a great weekend of Football 🏈 The TN Vols won and Alabama lost! 💥

A couple of Old School TN fans right there!☝🏻 They have been waiting for a great team for a while 😊
TN played great! But seeing the Aggies beat big bad Alabama was fire! 🔥

Homemade fresh vegetable soup and cornbread is for dinner 🍲 Man I love a nice Fall day!

“A day like a day in summer.
Exceptionally still. The long shadows of the maples
nearly mauve on the gravel paths.
And in the evening, warmth. Night like a night in summer.”

~ Louise Gluck

Have a great evening!

Mark C



Sunday Reflections…

The morning after is real… 🤫 I was the only one up in the whole house most of the morning… I don’t know what it is, but i cant “sleep in”. I’m just drawn up and then outside in the morning 🌞 But truth be told, I am pretty worn out too… Last night we hosted our annual Moonlight Pond Tour for the 17th time. And it was such a beautiful night!

Jo got a great black & white shot last night of the emerging moon across the Pond. It was a wonderful night.

We didn’t get through talking with folks, closing up and blowing out all the Tiki Torches and candles till around 12:30 last night, which is pretty late for an old Pond Guy and Gal 😊 But then when we got inside the house, were wide awake… so we had coffee and cake… ☕️🍰 Whew, great day and what a great night! but then… The Morning After 😒 I may need a nap 🥱

We met this cool little dude last night. He was with his folks and was just in love with the whole idea of having a Pond with streams and waterfalls in your own yard! His excitement was almost contagious!
I LOVE this Pondless Waterfall!
The Moonlight Pond Tour is a Fund Raiser for our local shelter – The Jackson Animal Care and Adoption Center. Thanks to all that came out last night and made a contribution!
The Moon and the Clouds made for a Magical sky last night!

Thank You! to everyone who came out to support the cause! And a BIG ’Thank You’ to the homeowners who hosted the tour! ❤️ Its an honor and a privilege to be surrounded by such Awesome and caring people 🙏🏻

Enjoy your day!

“Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning …”

~ William Wordsworth


Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

What a beautiful morning 🌞 Sunday morning is the start of the new week, and quite the week is ahead… This week leads us to Saturday evening and our annual Moonlight Pond Tour 🌝 There is always so much to do! Ive been sipping coffee thinking about it and scribbling down a rough list as things come to me… Last minute kind of stuff, you know how it works, a ”few little details”… This = a week of Hard Work!

Sunsets are one of my favorite parts of the day! And a sunset on the water… Zen! No better way to end a week than a great Saturday evening sunset 🌅

Last evenings perfect sunset was followed by a rising, waxing moon 🌙 So beautiful! This months Full Moon is the Harvest Moon 🌝 which means, the Moonlight Pond Tour is coming!

What a perfect night!🌙 We stayed out till it was so dark that we couldn’t hardly see to dock our boat… Perfect 👌🏼

If you have ever made big plans with great intentions of success, you know what it means to have a ”few details” to take care of… “All we lack is finishing up”… ie; Gotta get to work!

Y’all have a great Sunday! See ya’ Saturday evening 😊

“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.”
~ Peter Drucker

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Beep, Beep, 🚨 Beep, Beep 🚨 🔥ALARM!!! Fire 🔥 ALARM!!! That was my wake up call this morning! Everyone in the house had the same rude awakening! 😓 Every alarm in the house was going off simultaneously 🚨 The dogs were freaking out 🐕 🐩 🐶 WOW! I immediately checked for smoke upstairs & Down, put the dogs out and checked outside – Pouring Rain 🌧 NO Smoke 💨 Then I tried to turn off all the alarms 🚨 No joy!

This is a newer home, so there is an alarm in every room and every hallway, All hardwired! They wouldn’t reset…

So I finally figured out that one of my smoke alarms was dripping water 💧 😳 That was the problem.

Not a huge leak, but enough to set off a chain reaction alarm 🚨

So we started chasing it down and found it, directly above the smoke alarm 🚨 I mean exactly above it!

Not the best picture, but you can see the water. Now to fix the problem…

Other than this early morning wake up call 😳 The week has been great! I celebrated my 28th Anniversary with my wife and took a few days off. Long story short… I’m a Blessed and Happy Feller’! Here’s a few pics from my week –

“It is a glorious privilege to live, to know, to act, to listen, to behold, to love.  To look up at the blue summer sky; to see the sun sink slowly beyond the line of the horizon; to watch the worlds come twinkling into view, first one by one, and the myriads that no man can count, and lo! the universe is white with them; and you and I are here.”

~ Marco Morrow  


Have a blessed day!

Mark C.



Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸 God Bless America! 🙏🏻

Happy Independence Day! Happy Birthday America! 🇺🇸 I am proud to be an American! And, I am Thankful for all the hard work and sacrifice that has been made by so many down through the years to keep us safe and FREE! There is not another country like ours in the world! & I still believe that the American people remain willing to give all to keep it 🇺🇸

Happy Birthday America! “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Freedom’s natal day is here.
Fire the guns and shout for freedom,
See the flag above unfurled!
Hail the stars and stripes forever,
Dearest flag in all the world.”

~Florence A. Jones

Cookouts, family and fireworks 💥 are on the docket…

Stay safe out there! Happy July 4th.! 💥🇺🇸

GOD BLESS AMERICA! 🇺🇸


Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend… 😳 Yes, it’s almost Summer! I’m not fussing now, I Love Summer!… But, Spring went by so fast 💨 I’m gonna try to slow it down a little and enjoy at least a little bit of Summer.

What do YOU enjoy about Summer? For me it’s the Garden and the River!
Sunsets from the boat 🌅
Breakfast at the Marina or diner is big on my Summer list as well.

Summer “Unofficially” begins next weekend!

Are you ready?

“Morning’s soft air, touching everything with such care,
Caresses a young face in a quiet, secluded place.
Smile planted strong, heart beating on.
Only one thing is on her mind, and that is summertime.

A joy reckless and wild, 
that’s been in the heart of every child, 
now set within her, 
for there is no cure.
Her spirit set free, soars higher than the trees.

The books that weighed her down, 
now thrown on the ground.
The rivers cleansed from winter, 
are now heated for splendor.
The happiness of knowing
no bedtimes are set, 
and no schedules to be met.
The sun now beating within her veins 
washes away all her pains.

Then without a sound, 
the sun starts to sink down.
so she heads inside, 
satisfied, 
until the next time.

But her spirit is just too wild and decides to wait a while,
so it stays outside and watches the sun, 
waiting for what is to come.

The birds fall asleep, the peepers start to peep,
and slowly the sunbeams caressing the mountains,
turn them into splendorous fountains.”

~ Abbey Silent (A Time Of Freedom).

Mark C.



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.