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!





Hot and Stormy July

Its no surprise that it's hot and humid. I can't complain as we haven't had any 100 degree days yet. The heat index registers in the triple digits, but not the actual temp. Thank goodness for echinaceas, bee balm, butterfly bushes and late blooming daylilies. The Black and Blue salvia will bloom again this season, but most are resting at the moment. We've had some gorgeous late afternoon skies with the build up of heat and humidity. July sees an increase in Ruby throated hummingbirds here. The males are already migrating south to Mexico and Central America. The mothers and juveniles start their journey later in the season. The red bee balm has stopped blooming, but we have the Black an