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.
PLUM FLOWERS (スモモの花)
Two plum trees are in bloom now.
This is the indication of real spring in our garden.
We planted two different varieties of plum a decade ago,
and they bear a good crop every two years
(and this year is it).
My wife is doing hand-pollination as usual by using a little fluffy thing
of an ear cleaner fixed at the end of a long stick.