Carter’s Garden Blog


Sunday Reflections…

Memorial Day is so much more than the beginning of the Summer season. It’s our time as a nation to reflect upon and honor the memory of the many soldiers & sailors who gave their lives in the service of our great country. We are literally standing on their shoulders… If not for their sacrifices, we would not have the freedom that we enjoy! We owe them everything…

Thank you! To all the men and women who gave all so we could have so much… 

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.”
    ~ John McCrae

 

God Bless America!

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

When the hummingbirds are back around the nursery, it’s like magic to me. They have all the available flowers you can imagine, plus multiple feeders – They are in heaven too I think. I’ve been watching a few buzzing around this morning while I do my watering… It never gets old 😊

Hummingbirds are tough, tenacious little dudes! I ❤️ Hummingbirds!

This beautiful poem sums it up…

“When the hummingbird sinks it’s face into the trumpet vine, and the funnels

Of the blossoms and the tongue leaps out and throbs,

I am scorched to realize once again how many small, available things are in the world

That aren’t pieces of gold or power —- that nobody owns

Or could buy even for a hillside of money —- that just float about the world,

Or drift over the fields, or into the gardens, and into the tents of the vines, and how here I am

spending my time, as the saying goes, watching until the watching turns into feeling, so that I feel I am myself

A small bird with a terrible hunger, with a thin beak probing and dipping and a heart that races so fast

it is only a heart beat ahead of breaking—- and I am the hunger and assuagement, and also I am the leaves and the blossoms, and, like them, I am full of delight and shaking.”

~ Mary Oliver

 

Enjoy this beautiful day!

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Cool, rainy, stormy night. More of the same today… Wonderful time to catch up on some rest! April showers bring, you know what 🌺🌼🌻😊 

I helped my Grandad transplant this azalea from an old home place over 30 years ago. Still blooms so beautifully in the Spring! It brightens a cloudy morning…

 

April Rain

The April rain, the April rain,
Comes slanting down in fitful showers,
Then from the furrow shoots the grain,
And banks are fledged with nestling flowers;
And in grey shaw and woodland bowers
The cuckoo through the April rain
Calls once again.

The April sun, the April sun,
Glints through the rain in fitful splendour,
And in grey shaw and woodland dun
The little leaves spring forth and tender
Their infant hands, yet weak and slender,
For warmth towards the April sun,
One after one.

And between shower and shine hath birth
The rainbow’s evanescent glory;
Heaven’s light that breaks on mists of earth!
Frail symbol of our human story,
It flowers through showers where, looming hoary,
The rain-clouds flash with April mirth,
Like Life on earth.

    ~ Mathilde Blind

 

Peace,

 

Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

The wind has calmed, the rain has ceased, Daylight Savings is in full effect & Spring is in the air! I got out first thing with the dogs and had some fun 😊 They are as excited as I am about this Spring like weather! Now, it’s time to fix breakfast for the family- Country Ham, biscuits & gravy coming up 🐖 🍳 Oh, Coffee! Lots of Coffee! 😊🌞

They did a little runnin 😊 Everybody is happy about Spring!

“March bustles in on windy feet
And sweeps my doorstep and my street.
She washes and cleans with pounding rains,
Scrubbing the earth of winter stains.
She shakes the grime from carpet green
Till naught but fresh new blades are seen.
Then, house in order, all neat as a pin,
She ushers gentle springtime in.”

~ Susan Reiner, Spring Cleaning 

 

Have a Great Sunday!

 

~ Mark C.



Sunday Reflections…

Yesterday afternoon we went up to the river to look around at the flood. Many of the worst hit areas still aren’t accessible at all… But from what I saw, many have lost everything! Historic floods = Disaster!

Floods have devastated many areas up and down the TN River.

Below is a prayer I saw online about the flood and the flood victims. Our hopes and prayers are with the folks affected all up and down the river 🙏🏻

“Lord I pray your hand of safety and guidance upon all the victims of the regions under flood conditions. Bless these people Lord and keep them safe. Do not let the flood waters steal their lives. Drive back the floods to protect their homes and their precious animals”.

~ Amen 🙏🏻

 

The water has finally crested & will start to slowly recede now.

 

Have a blessed day,

 

~ Mark C.

 



Sunday Reflections…

I’ve been thinking about my Garden the last few days. Im planning some new things for 2019 & beyond. The planning/design process keeps me going this time of year! The bare trees & dormant shrubs & plants look dead to  many, but I see what’s right around the corner 😊 Spring is Coming!

I Love watching the seasons change in the gardens around the Nursery! It won’t be long till Spring is Ushered in 😊

“How can those who do not garden, who have no lot in the great fraternity of those who watch the changing year as it affects the earth and its growth, how can they keep warm their hearts in winter?”
~ Francis King

Happy Pondering 🤔

Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

We the spent the evening and part of last night decorating the Christmas tree & putting up all our indoor decorations. Lots of great memories and stories always come out during these yearly traditions 🎅🏻 We listened to Christmas tunes new and old… BOOM! – I’m officially in the “Christmas spirit”!

I think the tree turned out great! All the thanks goes to Jo & Jacob.

It was a group effort and I’m proud of how the tree looks this year. Jacob is 16 now and still LOVES the Christmas 🎄 & spending time with his Mom & Dad. That’s the best present I could ask for 😍

And for another tradition we started many years ago now, I broke out my holiday hat…

December 1st. I break out my “Redneck Santa” hat! 🎅🏻 I like to have a little fun in the spirit of the season & since I’ve let my beard grow out, they tell me I even look like St. Nick 😊 Ho Ho Ho!

 

“May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;                                                  The spirit of Christmas which is Peace;        The heart of Christmas which is love.”

~ Ada V. Hendricks

 

Heres to a great Christmas Season! 🙏🏻❤️🎄

Peace ✌️ Love ❤️ & Hope!

Mark Carter