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At this time of year in Japan, there are cherry blossoms just about everywhere…as well as tourists, temples, gardens and garden design. There are also many sources of inspiration for garden art.

Stone (my favorite)

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Wood

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Trees

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Water

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Metal

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And I could go on and on. I have taken so many pictures I feel like I’ve overdosed already.

I make all kinds of cabbage cages.

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The latest

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Here are a few more details.

Usually they measure about 240 x 100 x 100 cm, but often differ due to the dimensions of the chicken wire at hand. It’s good to have many different sizes of cages for all the variations in vegetable size and other factors like length and width of rows and beds. Some have removable tops to make it easier to weed and harvest inside. The frames are made of 45 x 45 mm wood, and 22 x 45 mm for the removable tops.

The joinery can be more or less elaborate. The latest cages have chicken wire with a mesh of 16 mm, but I have used coarser mesh too. A finer mesh is better for keeping cabbage butterflies out. I fasten it with a heavy duty stapler and use wire cutters to cut it.

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Captured Viking!

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In the park outside of Liljevalchs Vårsalong in Stockholm stands this viking in chains.

Inside is the annual spring show open for anyone to submit – amateurs, pros, young and old. It is one of the most popular shows of the year in Stockholm. It is also an annual source of inspiration for me and my garden art, and this year was no exception. Everything I do is a collage or mash-up of ideas and impressions from these and many other sources.

A few examples:

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Mosquito by Tord Larsson in scrap iron. But then I have enough mosquitoes in the garden already. Something maybe to scare them away instead.

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Pinata by Mikael Larsson made with polyurethane foam and paint. Not appropriate for an ecological garden, but perhaps I can find a substitute material.

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This is called ‘where lies the soul’ by Malin Blom in textile.

Or

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‘In Spite’ by Mattias Härenstam in wood.

This day, immersed in Stockholm’s art scene, was a much needed break from the reading, koji making and carpentry here in the country.