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!



December 29, 2018

It's been a very wet and warm Autumn.  We have officially broken the record for the wettest year in the Triangle: 59.22 inches of rain.  

Two hurricanes and El Nino are responsible for this.  We are expecting more rain tomorrow.  Here are a few photos from sun...

December 22, 2018

It's been another unusual weather day, but gorgeous!  A high of 64 degrees, wind, clouds, rain and even a rainbow.  It's been a weird few days for the Western world too, Gatwick closed for drones and the US stock exchange in shambles.  I have a solution for the drone p...

December 9, 2018

We woke up to nine inches of snow this morning.  As of 12:47 p.m. it's up to 9.75 inches.  The good news is that it has stopped. I'm hoping that we don't lose power.  Freezing rain is possible, but so far I've not seen anything significant.  The table in the background...

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