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!





Green in August

August weather has been a relief after twenty-four days of 90+ degrees. I never thought I would see plants make a comeback in August, but it happened this year. Black Barlowe Columbine has re-bloomed. The moisture in August has even brought us magical looking mushrooms. The hydrangea blossoms which opened weeks ago still look good. These have matured from white with a hint of pink to a beautiful wine and chartreuse color combination. Frogs are everywhere! This little guy wanted to come inside. He's at the bottom of our patio door. The obedient plants have been better than ever. They love the moisture. Moths are also using these plants at night. Pink clouds and a beautiful waxing moon on