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.
WONDERFUL WOODLAND FLOWERS OF JAPAN IN SPRING (素晴らしいカタクリの群落)
We visited gardening friends in Aich Prefecture last week.
They took us to the large colony of woodland flower 'Katakuri'
It located at Korankei, the foot of Mt. Iimori, 40 km east of Nagoya City.
It grows in semi-shade, especially in deciduous broad‐leaved forests.
Most of the southern part of Japan is covered with evergreen broadleaf forests,
where their forest floor is too dark for Katakuri.
Therefore, there are few colonies in southern Japan
including Kyushu Island we live.
We saw Katakuri for the first time, and were really moved.