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!



July 28, 2018

I'll start this post with swallowtails.  Who doesn't love those?  I was treated with a Zebra swallowtail sighting a few days ago.  He was fast moving, so I had a hard time getting a great photo. These are one of the rarer butterflies in my garden.   Pawpaws are the onl...

July 27, 2018

Two things have prevented me from blogging recently:  July weather and a new dog.

The garden has been pretty dismal lately.  It's our typical July, hot and dry.  At this point in the Piedmont, you water occasionally just to help the plants survive.  If you have chosen w...

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