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!





Mid-Autumn 2018

We've had some idyllic days in Durham this week. These photos were taken Oct. 31st thru Nov. 8th. My sister, Annette took a beautiful photo on the rooftop garage by her workplace in the old Liggett & Myer's area (adjacent to West Village). We are enjoying our brief Indian Summer now. It's predicted to be in the 40's soon. Another double duty plant- Red Hibiscus. The great weather is fooling some plants. They think it's Spring. Hellebore with new growth. Normally, I see this in late winter. Kanjiro camellia from Cheryl S. This plant is already producing flowers. It's very small, about 13 inches and has six flower buds already. Moon Shadow camellia. Could this finally be a flower bud?