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!





Spring has Sprung!

Spring Equinox rolled in early this year, March 19th, at 11:50 EDT p.m. We had a clear night sky and enjoyed watching the International Space Station as it passed over us at 8:07 p.m. As we turned around to the back of the yard the weeping cherry tree blossoms were softly illuminated by a neighbor's porch light. All three events were needed distractions in a world dominated by COVID-19. The garden is one of my favorite places to find serenity especially when the earth is starting to green up as more plants arise from dormancy. Epimedium versicolor is very showy this year. This is a group of three plants. Most of the leaves did not acquire the burgundy color that they normally get in Fall.