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.
AFTER A RAIN FALL (雨のあと)
There was a considerable rain yesterday.
The gardens are moisturized and leaves look fresh.
In the central flower bed white lantana is flowering.
This was raised from a cutting last year
and plated here this spring.
Rosa 'The Shepherdess' and gaura are flowering with lantana.
In the herb bed cherry sage has been flowering since May.
Fruits of cornus (Benthamidia japonica) are getting reddish,
and they will ripen in a month.
It's a tiny sign of autumn.