The Happy Cottage

Small Garden Inspiration

This blog was started in Jan. 2017 on a cold bright winter day in my 1945 cottage home in Durham, NC.  Photos of the Spring 2016 garden inspired me. Winter is after all, the perfect time for gardeners to daydream of Spring. Please join me for real world small garden inspiration interspersed with lifestyle.  

Visit the "Butterfly Compendium" to see a catalog of pollinators in the garden and host plant information.  View this and other favorites in the Featured Post section of the blog.

Gardening/lifestyle ethos at The Happy Cottage: support Mother Earth and yourself by being as natural as possible. Avoid the use of synthetic chemicals and weed instead of spray. Include host and nectar plants for pollinators. Favorite garden medium: organic mushroom compost. It's the soil that mushrooms were grown in. Full disclosure:  We do use biological mosquito dunks.

My gardening style has evolved over twenty years to include scent, food for pollinators, butterflies, birds and shelter for small creatures.  A multi-dimensional garden will bring you years of enjoyment!





Cedar Waxwings 2018

Each year I am treated by the Cedar Waxwings. There are two large ligustrums (privet) in the backyard that bear fruit. I see a small flock of cedar waxwings each year in January and February. I estimate the number to be between twenty and thirty birds. I missed their first visit as one of the trees is completely bare of berries. There is often competition from Robins that choose to overwinter here. We normally have a few that stick around. I just returned from the madness that is Whole Foods grocery on Valentine's Day to the beautiful sight of my waxwings in the second tree. I know that the privets are invasive; but they were here before me, bear fruit for the birds and have creamy b