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!



September 22, 2018

Fall rolls in at 9:54 p.m. EDT tonight.  I am ready for cooler temperatures and gentler weather.  I know that people Southeast of us are ready to say goodbye to Florence and hello to recovery.  The seasonal wheel turns again.  I'm in a bit of a mystical mood.  I made i...

September 17, 2018

As everyone knows the Southeastern part of North Carolina has suffered devastating flooding.  Donations, physical help and prayers are needed.  Here in the northern part of the Piedmont we have been relatively unscathed. This morning we woke to flash flood and tornado...

September 9, 2018

This post catalogs butterflies and moths found in our yard in Durham, NC.  Providing nectar and host plants plus avoiding insecticides and  herbicides such as pre-emergents produce the best conditions for your flying beauties.  I've included Common Host plants in our y...

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