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!





Late April 2019

It's been a beautiful Spring with lots of rain. Most plants have fared well. The German irises bloomed, but not as profusely in years past.I assume they weren't as appreciative of the rain. Two iris additions that bloomed last year didn't bloom at all. Since May 2018 we have been twelve inches above our normal annual rain fall. The Red Riding Hood penstemon were gorgeous on April 26, but eventually got too leggy. Their weight and the loose wet soil pulled some of their roots out of the ground. I have ordered grow through hoops to help them. In the meantime, I have cut them back and replanted them. They are looking pitiful at the moment, but should recover. This plant produces a repe