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!





Anticipation- Late March 2019

It's past time to post some photos! I'll start with pictures taken from St. Patrick's Day through March 20th. I'm anxiously waiting for Ruby-throated hummingbirds to arrive. I put up my feeder a little earlier this year, March 20th, willing them to appear. The hummingbird tracker had a sighting in Pinehurst, NC a couple of days ago, so they are on their way here. Update: My next door neighbor, Susan, spotted a hummingbird on April 7th. The cushion spurge is wearing it's Spring green brilliantly. We've had an unusual amount of rainfall this year which has really helped our daffodils. I have two bunches that bloomed for the first time in several years. This group does well each year. W