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Winter Waterfall Beauty | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, TN

I just LOVE my Waterfalls and my Pond! And I get to enjoy the beauty year round! All 4 seasons bring something special to my life. This bitter cold and snow is rough, in one way, but in another it brings extreme beauty to my door! It’s not safe to be out on the roads right now, but here in my Landscape… It’s all good 😊

I hope this morning finds you safe and warm! It’s very cold 🥶 out there… But seeing my ‘Winter Wonderland’ somehow makes it better… More beautiful. More bearable… And I know that this is really the foothills of the coming Spring! And I am ready!

Be careful out there!

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com

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Snow…? NO, Wait – ICE Day…

A good old fashioned ICE Storm ⛈ is what we woke to this morning! Not as bad as predicted, thank the Lord! We’ve had to endure weeks with no heat before from bad ones and let me tell you, it’s not fun! But the stone walks all are slick with ice and impassable, So is my driveway! Therefore, we were forced to close today… So, we got that goin for us 😊!

A day off in the Winter can be a fun day! Especially with a pretty snow ⛄️ BUT, Ice just shuts you down…

Snow days are always fun days! Snowballs, snowmen, sledding, 4 wheeling, snow cream, ahhhhh the good old Snow Daze!!! But an Ice Day? What do you do for fun on an Ice Day? In my humble opinion, Ice Days are the crappiest of all days off due to weather…

BUT, there are some beautiful views and pictures to be had…

A little damage, but not too bad.

I just thought of the perfect Ice Day activity…. A Big, Fat, NAP! 😴 💤

Y’all have fun 😊

ICE STORM –

“Icy rain comes with a crinkling sound 
Like little silver coins falling on grounds 
Tree limbs covered with translucent ice 
Channels of pure white gleaming calm. 

In icy storm proud oak to earth stumbles 
Aromatic bushes are much more humble 
Intact is the grace of their ice laden veins 
Bowing in reverence for mighty Rummager. 

In opaque sunlight plump scarlet berries 
And metallic ice enhanced the olive curves 
Of bent bushes like crimson cheeks and skin 
Luminous adorn a maiden’s clandestine arc.

Power outage, phone and Internet gone 
Forget about connecting to world for fun 
Ponder upon slavery of new convenience 
And think of sustaining with bare essentials. 

but who would remember the deadly storm 
In morning light the heart merrily romps 
Transient is the wondrous beauty of icicles 
Pain and glee of nature such as don’t last.”

~ Savita Tyagi

Mark Carter



The Shortest Day. The Longest Night | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Yes today is the Winter Solstice! Today we experience the shortest day of the year and the longest night. Today is the first official day of Winter… But, fret not, there is good news!

Many other names have been given to this day – Midwinter, Yule, Hibernal Solstice, The Long Night.

The good news is, the days start getting longer now! Boom! 💥 That’s right, the sun makes a comeback baby 🌞

Even better, what follows Winter? Springtime!  Yes! Rejoice! Spring is Coming! 💥💥💥

Enjoy Christmas & have a Happy New Year!

Spring is Coming!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd.
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
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The Winter Solstice Is Coming …

I always enjoy watching the days grow longer toward the Summer solstice & I have learned to enjoy watching them grow shorter as we approach the Winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and happens this year on Saturday, December 21st.
The best news is, the day after the solstice, the days start getting Longer again! Hee Haw!
Pay attention to the time of sunset over the next several days. You can literally feel the days getting shorter…

The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year! AND, after that the days start getting LONGER again! 🌞

I love watching the days get shorter, but I really love when they start getting longer after the 21st.!

Here’s a link to the Old Farmers Almanac 👇🏻

Winter Solstice 2019: When Is It, And What Is It?

Here’s to the season!

 

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2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
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Hump Day Koi Story – It’s 10 Degrees Outside! Will My Koi Survive? | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson, Tennessee

Man it’s COLD! WOW! I walked out to check on my Water Garden a few minutes ago ❄️ Folks, it’s Cold out there! I was at a full trot by the time I made it back to the door 😳 My dogs were even ready to come back in!

Scout and Ranger were both fully dressed, so I don’t think they got as cold as I did 😇 LOL!

Good News! My Water Garden is doing fine! My Koi have assumed the position “Hovering at the bottom” as usual this time of year… So, alls well with the Pond 😊They are just like me, waiting for Spring!

But, I still get a few calls every year when it gets ‘Really Cold’ outside, especially when you see some icing, and it’s almost always the same few questions, with #1 lately (today) being, “Will my Koi be ok in Cold like this’? First, let me say – What a considerate question! People LOVE their pets 😊 So, let me give you the good news… Yes! Your Koi will survive this cold snap and will be just fine!

Koi are cold blooded (Poikilothermic) fish, In the wintertime, their metabolism slows to a crawl. They can usually be found at the bottom of the pond, hovering, ie: treading water. | Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio | Jackson,
Tennessee

There are a few things that you can do to help them through a cold snap! # 1 is – IF your Pond tries to freeze – Keep a hole open in the ice! This should be a preventative measure and hopefully not a reactionary one…

If you turn your ponds pump off in a bad freeze, use a floating heater/de-icer to maintain a hole in the ice to exchange gases/oxygen for your fish’s health and well being. You can purchase a floating pond heater at Carters Nursery, Pond & Patio.

There are a LOT of articles on this BLOG that will help you with your Water Garden & Koi! But, to cover today’s question/concerns, Your Koi will be OK 👌🏻

Stay warm! Remember- Spring is Coming!

 

Mark Carter
Carter’s Nursery, Pond & Patio
2846 Old Medina Rd. 
Jackson, Tn. 38305
Ph.# 731-424-2206
http://www.cartercountry.com
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The Winter Solstice is coming…

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day of the year. Good News is – the day after, the days start getting LONGER again!

I always enjoy watching the days grow longer toward the Summer solstice & I have leaned to enjoy watching them grow shorter as we approach the Winter solstice. The winter solstice is the shortest day of the year and happens 5 days from today – December 21st.
The best news is, the day after the solstice, the days start getting Longer again! Hee Haw!
Pay attention to the time of sunset over the next several days. You can literally feel the days getting shorter…