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!





It's a Wrap- End of Summer 2019

Spring and Summer of 2019 were unusual in that we had record rain fall. Initially, this was good, however powdery mildew impacted the Salmon Queen zinnias and even a butterfly bush that receives part sun. Sometime in August the waterworks stopped. September has continued the same way. We don't have any predicted rain for the next ten days. The garden as you might imagine is suffering. I've started weeding and cutting back plants that are brown including the zinnias. The sedum and passion vines are thriving. Next year, I need to get back to serious mulching. I've noticed that neighbors on the same side of the street have happier looking plants (with the exception of our lantana hedge)