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 Summer Morning

We had a beautiful rain yesterday as storms passed through. This morning lots of pollinators are gracing the front garden. The front gardens are messy, but the pollinators don't care. We typically have a long Indian Summer in the Piedmont, about three months worth. We will start with the late summer weeding and trimming today so the gardens will look good through this last part of the growing season. Monarch and Salmon Queen zinnia American Goldfinch enjoying the zinnia seeds. This year's rain has encouraged the growth of many new wild plants in the garden. One of which is a goldenrod. I'll leave it alone for now since the pollinators are supposed to like them. I have to admit, I have