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!





Exotic Winged Creatures

The approach of Hurricane Isaias may have brought a special gift to my mother's carport: a luna moth on Aug. 2nd. Did this luna moth take shelter here as the storm approached? It was in the daytime. Note how similar the colors of the ceiling and the moth are. It was good place to be camouflaged and dry. Our homes are in the same neighborhood. I have never seen a live Luna moth. Several years ago we found a dead one in the dry shade bed which happens to be below a Sweet gum tree. I hope that means she laid her eggs in the tree and passed. This year every plant in the pond has thrived and the Red Hibiscus is no exception. A Tiger Swallowtail spent a lot of time on the blossoms on Aug.