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!





Mid-Spring Garden

It's time to share some garden photos. The garden has been a wonderful respite from social distancing and Covid-19. I know this has been a stressful time for everyone as we try to avoid getting the virus or passing it to someone else. I have not been touching other people's pets for one thing. Today, I forgot. I was feeling relaxed and happy while starting a rock garden on the bank next door. I basically started chatting with a neighbor and her two wonderful greyhounds. Next thing I knew I practically had one in my lap. I was kneeling, so we had a lovely face to face so to speak. It took an hour later for me to realize I hadn't been very smart. So I will try to keep up the good wor