Links that may or may not be related to gardens, food, travel, nature, or heterotopias and liminal spaces but probably are. Sources in parentheses.

photo essay: Native Plant Gardens: Put Your Own Spin on Inspirational Photos (Nuts for Natives). Train your eye and mind to recreate inspirational garden photos and designs with native plants. 1. Determine the attributes of the plants in your inspiration photo 2. Identify Where You’ll Recreate the Scene in Your Garden 3. List your native plant alternatives.

article: A day in the life of [a British] oak tree, from mistle thrush in the morning to mice at midnight (John Lewis Stempel/Country Life). Diary format.

photos: Ngoc Minh Ngo (Instagram). If you like dreamy garden photos.

article: Accidental therapists: For insect detectives, the trickiest cases involve the bugs that aren’t really there (Eric Boodman/STAT). Article on delusional parasitsis, from March 2017. Well worth the read. “‘Every state has somebody like Gale or me,” said Nancy Hinkle, a professor of veterinary entomology at the University of Georgia, in Athens. She estimates that these inquiries take up about 20 percent of her time. “I tend to stay a couple of hours every day to deal with the invisible bugs.'”

article: The five nominees for the “International Mollusc of the Year 2023” (Loewe Center for Translational Biodiversity Genomics). The moment we’ve all been waiting for. Will is be an oyster, an abalone, a snail, or a slug (two nominees)? (The winner was actually announced last Friday but let’s have a big round of applause for all the molluscs.)

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