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!





Transition to Autumn

How great to start a month with a full harvest moon and temperatures in the seventies. It has been a wonderful Spring and Summer here with very wet weather and no 100 degree days. We did have a string of days over 90 degrees with no rain, but overall remarkably nice for the Triangle. The frogs, rabbits, hummingbirds, butterflies and unfortunately big garden spiders were plentiful. Of note, we didn't have any sightings of Gulf fritillary butterflies even though we have plenty of their host plant, Passion Vine. They were here the last two summers. Ian and I are in the process of re-arranging plants in the herb bed and the garden in the backyard. The plentiful moisture has encouragd some plants