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!



June 21, 2018

My sister and I celebrated Mid Summer's Eve in the garden last night

with a Pimm's Cocktail, deviled eggs and garlic farm bread cubes topped with tomatoes and a balsamic vinaigrette and of course the moon.  It was beautiful with the passing clouds.  I'm not much of a me...

June 15, 2018

The enthusiasm of summer blooms brings joy, but it's been a bittersweet few days. One of Northgate Park's long term neighbors, Janet Neville, passed away at age 87 on June 9th.  We attended the visitation last night.  The service was today, the 15th.  Do we have a conn...

June 7, 2018

We've had an unusually rainy Spring in 2018.  I feel that there have been more cloudy wet days than sunny.  This has delayed some blooms and the butterflies.  We've got plenty of lovely frogs though.  I'm not complaining, just observing.  Here's a few shots of the faun...

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