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.
SUPPORTING PLANTS WITH GARDEN STAKES (支柱立て)
In the kitchen garden. fox gloves flower stalks are growing
and some flowers are in bloom.
In two weeks, we are opening our garden for charity,
and we supported them with garden stakes
in order not to be broken by strong wind and heavy rain.
Potatoes are also growing in two triangular raised beds,
and supported them too with metal rod with blue cane tops,
because they broke last year.
Fox gloves in the central bed of the main garden were also supported.
Erigeron in the central bed is in full bloom now.
Beside the central bed, forget-me-not and pink are in bloom.
In the peony bed, pink peony has stated to bloom.
In the terraced herb bed, lavender, salvia, camomille, mint
and borage are growing.
Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Clematis florida is about to bloom on the fence in the border.
Linaria purpurea 'Springside White' is blooming in the border.
And, white calla flowers in the border, too.
Hosta is growing in the shade of plum trees.
On the pool, viola is still beautiful in a pot.
In the new garden, Pittosporum tobira is blooming, and its sweet smell is floating.
Common bluebottles are coming to the flowers.
Purple flowers of thistle are beautiful under the tree.