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.
HONEY-SOAKED KARIN (カリンの蜂蜜漬け)
We harvested a fruit of Chinese quince (Pseudocydonia sinensis, karin in Japanese) today.
We love pink flowers of the quince.
Its fruits ripen in autumn with a sweetly fragrant aroma,
and are used as medicine for throat.
Unfortunately, the fruit is so hard and bitter and we cannot eat raw.