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!





Blossoms and Early Butterflies

It's been a beautiful late Spring. Plenty of rain has created a verdant period with lots of beautiful blossoms. The pastel lychnis coronaria (Rose Campion) plants are going strong in one of the front garden beds this year. Yesterday, a neighbor stopped by and asked if she could have a few for her garden. She came bearing a group of hot pink lychnis to make an exchange. That wasn't necessary, but it was appreciated. Next year it will make a nice accent in this garden of purple and soft pinks. The new plant is struggling but, I think it will make it. I was very relieved to see two Lavender Lavinka columbine seedlings appear. The mother plants that Julie sent me in 2017 died out last Se