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!





Blood Moon Jan. 2019

It was worth standing in the cold to see the lunar eclipse. I attempted to take a hand held shot. The moon was very high in the sky. I was practically doing a back bend to see the moon in the view finder. The shot is fuzzy, but the color was captured. I need a tripod! Here's a link to with some good shots of the lunar eclipse.

White Kitchen Refresh

Ian has been working hard to update our kitchen. I'm happy to say we have a bright white kitchen with color again! We've been living with the same vinyl floor that was installed in 1996. The kitchen was remodeled in 1996 thru Lowe's after I purchased the house in 1995. It's an interior room with only one window which faces West. I was on a budget so I chose economical cabinetry with a couple of splurges. It's still doing fine in 2019. I've been desiring a contemporary wallpaper for awhile. After much online surfing I found the print for us. It has bright soft colors with an abstract floral motif which connects with the colors in the dining room. I investigated Marmoleum (linoleum) fo