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Flowers & Gardens Of Japan by Ella du Cane

By Ella du Cane

First released in 2005

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I feel my readers will begin to think that there must be a lack of variety 1~ FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN in these landscape gardens, but I can safely say that never did I see-and I saw a great manyany two gardens, large or small, which bore any resemblance to each other j the materials are the same, but the design is never the same. Garden water-basins, miniature pagodas, stone bridges, also of infinite variety, and other garden ornaments, such as rustic arbours, fanciful construc~ tions of bamboo, reeds, or plaited rushes, primitive, fragile-looking structures, but none the less costly, were made use of, and a few rare birds, such as storks and cranes, were allowed to wander and adorn the scene with their stately grace.

Tl and the action of water has produced those muchcoveted shapes. BI ue and white limestone and a kind of jasper rock of a reddish colour are prized for certain positions, slabs of a dark green colour seemed to come from the vicinity of Lake lliwa, and volcanic rock and honeycombed sea-rocks are valuable for water scenes. It would only weary the reader if I were to attempt to describe the endless combinations of stones as laid down by the unbending laws, or to give all the names applied to th4;} various sets of stones known us Hill Stones, Lake and River Stones, Cascade Stones, Island Stones, Valley Stones, \\Tater-basin Stones, Teagarden Stones, and, finally, Stepping-Stones.

When such walks branch off in two directions a larger and higher stone, called the" Step-dividing Stone," will be placed at the point of divergence. i6 FLOWERS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN The stones leading to the house end usually in a high slab of granite which forms the step on to the verandah. It is no exaggeration to say that the Stepping-Stones of a well- p]anned garden, besides being of strict utility, are a great ornament to the garden. Probably the garden ornaments which will first attract the eye of the visitor are the stone lanterns, which are to be found in almost every garden, however humble.

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