Carter’s Garden Blog


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



Sunday Reflections…

Yesterday was a beautiful day! The temps hit 70 degrees and I was just waiting to see a mosquito 😊 Such a contrast to just a few days ago with that early snow ❄️ covering the ground!

Pre-Thanksgiving snow is a rare thing around here. But a few days later here it is sunny ☀️ & 70 deg!

Maybe we are having our “Indian Summer”… That warming in Fall after frost and freeze have already occurred… In any case, I’ll take it!

Thanksgiving is in a few days and it feels like shorts & sandles outside! 70 deg. = Indian Summer 🍁

Now, it’s on to Thanksgiving & the holiday season… Ready or not, it’s that time 😊 Time to count our blessings!

 

“Give me the end of the year an’ it’s fun,          When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ Is done; Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,    Let me sit down with the ones I love best, Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,   See the old faces unblemished by wrong,   See the old table with all of its chairs           An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ Prayers.”

   ~ Edgar A. Guest – Thanksgiving

 

Have a GREAT Sunday!

And a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁🍽

~ Mark Carter



Sunday Reflections…

I’m sitting here this morning just like many of you, smelling the bacon fry, sipping my coffee, warm and happy with all the freedom in the world…  But the age old saying rings true “Freedom is never free!”

Say “Thank you for your service” to a veteran today.

Today is Veterans Day! A day set aside every year on November 11th. to honor the service & sacrifices of American Military Veterans. We are standing on some mighty tall shoulders! Thank a Veteran today for their service! Without the sacrifices of our military men and women, we would have nothing! We owe them a mighty debt, indeed!

Happy Veterans Day! God Bless our military men & women! And God Bless America!

 

Mark Carter