The Happy Cottage

Small Garden Inspiration

This blog was started in Jan. 2017 on a cold bright winter day in my 1945 cottage home.  Photos of the Spring 2016 garden inspired me. Winter is after all, the perfect time for gardeners to daydream of Spring.

Join me for small garden inspiration interspersed with lifestyle.   Please share some of your ideas too!


Many older posts include slideshows, so give the first photo a click to start the show. Categories have been added below Archives to allow easier viewing of past posts: Artful Combinations and Pollinators may give you some good ideas for your garden.  Checkout the Butterfly and Moth Compendium for a catalog of sightings.

My gardening/lifestyle ethos: support Mother Earth and yourself by being as natural as possible.

Don't use 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 butterflies, pollinators and birds 

and shelter for small creatures.  A multi-dimensional garden will bring you years of enjoyment!



May 13, 2018

Today we celebrate our mothers with food, cards, gifts, flowers, visits, and phone calls.  Mother's Day is the biggest call volume day of the year.  I know this from viewing data in my past life at GTE/Verizon. 

We are having brunch together this yea...

May 4, 2018

I saw this important message on our neighborhood list serv today:


I have to admit, I don't look as carefully as perhaps I should.  The nests are so tiny.  I've never...

May 1, 2018

We have a perfect day in Durham, NC.  Low 80's and soft blue Carolina sky.  I've been walking around the garden taking a few photos.

This mock orange came with the house so it's been here at least 23 years.  They like full sun, but this plant is in the shadiest par...

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