Previewing Emma Rios’ and Hwei Lim’s stunning 8House mini-series, Mirror:

‘Emma Rios’ and Malaysian artist Hwei Lim’s Mirror is a story set in an isolated colony growing around a landed lab starship. This community is a safe haven in which magicians and scientists of the House of Healers experiment with the satellite’s local fauna to create human/animal hybrids, the experiments a means of obtaining insight which could then be utilised to win political favour in a desperate cosmic war. The growing band of hybrids, however, want nothing to do with war or politics, and especially not with their patronizing human creators; and want only to be left to live in piece and on their own. Hwei Lim has done  an utterly breathtaking job on these pages- the colours and lines are so crisp and clear, and just take a look at those panels and layouts- the arcs and circles, that architectural design incorporated into the cutaways- seriously stunning. I can’t imagine people looking at these pages and not wanting to pick this up. Very much excited for this series.’


I love citrus, but I am just on the climactic edge of the zone where they can be cultivated. I’ll be converting the cold frame into a mini orangerie, and grafting with my cold-hardy trifoliate orange, but in the meantime, I also want to try growing some more citrus from seed and seeing what survives (Darwinist gardening in action!). 

Every time I get a seed in a mandarin orange, satsuma, lemon, or kumquat, I am throwing it out in the forest garden and seeing what happens: maybe 1/100 seeds sown here in Denmark will end up spawning my landrace of hardy citrus. 

  • Chinotto (Citrus myrtifolia), hardy to −8°C. Used in cooking, too bitter to eat raw: long cultivated in Southern Italy, Malta and Libya.
  • Calamondin Citrofortunella microcarpa), hardy to -9˚C. Edible sour orange with a sweet peel: cultivated around the world, and as a common houseplant.
  • Nippon Orangequat (Fortunella crassifolia x Citrus unshiu) hardy to -9˚C. Edible, but sour: hybrid between a Meiwa Kumquat and a Satsuma orange.
  • Rangpur Lime (Citrus × limonia), a.k.a. “Lemanderine,” hardy to -9˚C. Edible but acidic: named after Rangpur, Bangladesh, and cultivated around the world as a rootstock.
  • Satsuma (Citrus reticulata ’Unshiu’, syn. Citrus unshiu), hardy to −10°C.Excellent flavour: long cultivated in China.
  • Changsha mandarin (Citrus reticulata ‘Changsha’), hardy to −11°C. Edible, but seedy: long cultivated in China.
  • Yuzu Lemon (Citrus ichangensis × C. reticulata), hardy to -11˚C. Edible and fragrant: long cultivated in Eastern Asia.
  • Kumquat (Citrus japonica), hardy to −12°C.Edible: fruit is eaten whole with a sweet skin and sour pulp. Hardy varieties include Meiwa and Nagami.
  • Ichang Lemon (Citrus ichangensis × C. maxima), a.k.a. Shangjuan, hardy to -12˚C. Edible, regarded as one of the best cold-hardy citrus: a hybrid between a Pomelo and Ichang papeda.
  • Bergamot Orange cultivar known as ’Tiwanica Lemon(Citrus taiwanica), hardy to -12˚C. Edible: an orange so sour it resembles a lemon, and the peels of certain cultivars are used for making bergamot oil.
  • Jiouyuezao mandarin (Citrus reticulata 'Jiouyuezao’) hardy to −13°C.  Edible: long cultivated in China
  • Changshi Tangerine, (Citrus reticulata x (C. ichangensis x C. reticulata)) a.k.a. “The Ten Degree Tangerine,” hardy to -13˚C. Edible, nearly seedless tangerine: a Clementine x Yuzu hybrid developed in the 1960s.
  • Ichang papeda (Citrus ichangensis), hardy to −15°C. Inedible fresh: parent to a number of hybrids, including the yuzu, sudachi, ichang lemon/shangjuan, and others.
  • Trifoliate Orange (Poncirus trifoliata), a.k.a. Chinese Bitter Orange, hardy to -30˚C (zone 4a). Inedible raw, but used for jams and jellies: it’s not a true citrus, but citrus species can be grafted to it to increase cold-hardiness.

More: Hardy Citrus Blog

Sources: “Cold Hardy Citrus,” Just Fruits and Exotics Nursery

Image: hakudai on Flikr

#citrus #fruit trees #hybrids #plant breeding #edible landscaping #forest gardening

Here be dragons and other awesome works of sculpture. These fantastic creatures are the work of Toronto-based sculptor and illustrator Bailey Henderson for an ongoing series entitled Monstrorum Marines. Each bronze sculpture, painted with acrylics and powdered pigment, depicts one of the monstrous beasts or fearsome creatures found on medieval and Renaissance period maps where they were used by cartographers to illustrate the epic dangers faced by sailors on the open seas.

“There’s Ziphius, a bird-faced orca rumored to slice boats in half with its dorsal fin; the cockatrice, a rooster-dragon known to kill by breathing on its victims; and the pinniped, a dog-like seal with protruding tusks. Henderson’s work is often whimsical and humorous, and brings with it a bit of history that makes it all the more fascinating.”

We love the realistic style that Henderson employs for this series. It makes us a little sorry there aren’t actually rooster-dragons, boar-fish, dog-seals and bird-faced orca out in the world’s vast seas and oceans. Or are there?

Visit Bailey Henderson’s website to explore more of her intriguing artwork.

[via Hi-Fructose]


German-born artist Gabby Wormann uses painstaking care to combine the delicate bodies of animals such as tarantulas, crabs and winged insects with intricate clockwork mechanisms to create beautiful creatures which she calls MeCre, or mechanical creatures.

“Wormann is interested in humanity’s intervention into complex biological systems, and her work postulates the hybrid forms’ role in the future. To the artist, they symbolize a synthesis between biomass and mechanics that will become part of our evolution. These creatures are more resistant, efficient, and technically optimized for a world where we are focused on continually improving at all costs.”

Visit Gabby Wormann’s wesbite to check out more of her remarkable MeCre creations.

[via My Modern Metropolis]


Your Wounds & My Sutures 

Author : stripesandcurls

Pairing: Harry Styles/Louis Tomlinson

Genre : Mythology, Fantasy, Romance

Word count: 53k+

Rating: Teen and Up Audiences

Louis is a harpy who lives in Nog and has never seen the outside world. He is content living with his clan and his unusual childhood best friend, Niall, a Baunny. Yet somewhere deep within his soul, there’s an emptiness he feels during the night sky. He meets Harry, a beautiful merman one night. 

Mer-creatures are the devils of the sea or so they say according to the stories but Louis’ never been one to resist his curiosity and Niall’s got the youth and joy of a fawn that he finds fascination just as wonderful as Louis but he’s more cautious.

Along their journey of love, friendship, trials and tribulations, two creatures of the wild find their souls blending into one and five friends learn to have each other’s backs.

Written for @1dbigbang [Round 4]

Gorgeous Fanart done by the amazing @somethingzarry


I love the sweet but tart berries in the Ribes genus, which is why I have planted so many of them out in my ’Berryland’ garden.

They are generally tolerant of shade, so they make an excellent understory shrub below fruit-producing trees.

Each species and cultivar is different: some have thorns, some are thornless; some have hairy leaves, some have glossy leaves; some have immunities to certain diseases, some are sensitive to mildew and host pine blister rust; some have large berries, and some have small berries.

Their flowers come in an array of colours and shapes, and are exceedingly fragrant, attracting all manner of pollinators.

For the most part, species in this genus hybridise readily, so having nine different cultivars in a small space should result in some interesting seed. I am hoping to start crossing the species I have and making some weird and wonderful hybrid offspring.

Currently, I am cultivating:

#ribes #plant breeding #edible landscaping #forest gardening