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!



February 19, 2019

I don't think the Triangle will receive snow this week even if we did have a Super Snow Moon.  Feb. 18th brought us gentle temperatures in the low 60s.  It even brought out tadpoles and a garden frog.  We are expecting cold weather starting late tonight with some rain...

February 9, 2019

I was admiring the few orange colored rose hips that are still on the arbor.  They were brighter orange a few weeks ago, but still have color. How should I encourage them for next Fall?  The answer is simple.  I need to stop deadheading earlier so the rose will have ti...

February 6, 2019

February the 1st is the start of Celtic Spring, Imbolc.  Meteorological Spring begins March 1st for the Piedmont region of North Carolina.  Perhaps, best known is the astronomical start of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere, March 20th, 2019.  

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