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!



January 21, 2019

It was worth standing in the cold to see the lunar eclipse.  I attempted to take a hand held shot.  The moon was very high in the sky.  I was practically doing a back bend to see the moon in the view finder. The shot is fuzzy, but the color was captured....

January 5, 2019

Ian has been working hard to update our kitchen.  I'm happy to say we have a bright white kitchen with color again!  We've been living with the same vinyl floor that was installed in 1996.  The kitchen was remodeled in 1996 thru Lowe's after I purchased the house in 19...

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