About a gazillion years ago – long before I got a mobile phone, my friend Linda recommended an app to me that she thought I would love. Since I didn’t have a mobile phone – even a stupid one – and it required a smart phone, I forgot all about it.
Lucky for me, she recommended it on Facebook. And, as we all know, Facebook *never* forgets anything. A few weeks ago, the memories app dragged that recommendation up for me.
Linda was right – it is something I thought I would like, so I downloaded it.
You see, when I go for a walk, I pay close attention to the plants around me, as you may have noticed from my endless photos of them. I photograph them and try to find out what they are. I try to remember where else I have seen them. I try to make friends with them.
Unfortunately, I have a memory like a sieve, so as often as not, I think things look familiar but while I know I should know the name, unless it’s a rose or a vegetable, I am likely to be unsure. (I even have to stop and study carefully to tell the difference between dandelion and sow thistle – and I *love* dandelion!!
Enter Plant Net!
Now, all I have to do is take a photo of the plant in question and query it in the database, which is divided into leaf, flower, fruit, bark, habit, and ‘other’. (Not sure what that refers to..)
So far, I have explored flowers and leaves, and so far I have had very few unsolved mysteries. It is adding a whole new dimension to my walks – and to my photos!
I have been having a good time learning the names of my leafy neighbours, reminding myself of plants I thought I recognised (hello, french lavender!) and building up quite a database of plants around my regular stomping grounds.
I have really high hopes for eventually being as fluent in “plant” as Linda and the other herbalists I know.
I have to say, it’s simpler than dragging a dog-eared book out and trying to flip through it to identify plants, when, actually, I have have errands to run. Click, hunt, and run. Then review my finds when I have time.
So, thank you, Linda!
Everyone else, let me know if you try it and how you like it