My wife and I started gardening in Fukuoka (Japan) in 2003. There was nothing but muddy clayey sloping land. At the beginning we made several structure such as steps and paths, and planted turf, fruit trees, roses, herbs etc.
In 2010, we visited several famous English gardens, including Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Mottisfont Abbey Garden and Hidcote Manor Garden. We were shocked by the glory of those gardens. Since then, we have been trying to make little but glorious gardens by ourselves.
FATSIA JAPONICA (ヤツデの花)
Fatsia japonica is a native plant here. It has a large leaves sharply split into seven to nine segments; it is called 'Yatsude' in Japanese which means 'eight hand'. The leaves are dark and glossy even in winter. In autumn, it blooms large branching heads of tiny white flowers, gathering into spheres. White spheres look gorgeous in contrast with green leaves. In winter, the flowers give way to clusters of black berries...