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.
Yesterday we harvested Jerusalem artichoke in our garden
for the first time this season.
Several tubers were planted in two felt containers in March,
they bore yellow flowers in autumn, and their leaves died now.
So, we can dig tubers as much as we need.
The 5th Christmas Market in Fukuoka has started since last Tuesday at the Hakata Station. We visited last Saturday, and enjoyed the beautiful illumination, live songs, foods (we tried soup, sausage and pizza), drinks including hot wine and shops of Christmas goods.
A huge number of people gathered there in spite of the coldest night this autumn.