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.
SEA KAYAKING & BIG ANGELICA (シーカヤックとハマウド)
I enjoyed sea kayaking this morning.
It was the first time in a year and a half.
I had got right shoulder periarthritis, and I couldn't paddle for a long time.
However, this spring my shoulder pain has gone at last!
I started from a sandy beach closest to our house,
and went to the middle of bay, where the wind became much stronger,
and I went back to the other beach of this side.
There was a big Angelica japonica growing just outside of the levee.
It was about six feet high and bear flower heads.
We planted this plant just outside of the wooden fence several years ago,
however, it is not so big, just about 4 feet high.
Its leaves are large and shiny,
and they are so beautiful from the end of winter to early summer.