2010-06-04 / Columnists

The Diary Of A Green Thumb

Don’t know that flower? There’s an app for that!!
Commentary by Danielle, Danielle’s Rockaway Florist

How many times have you been out for a walk and came across a flower or tree that you would love for your own garden? But how would you even go about getting it if you don’t know the name? Well, say goodbye to that problem!

The National Audubon Society field guides can help you identify birds, wildflowers, trees, butterflies, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, seashells, seashore creatures and more. They have gone mobile with apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch, so rather than relying on a 20 volume set of books, you can keep it easy and handy.

Just head on over to the iTunes store to find these apps.

Not compatible with your phone? There’s also a companion Web site that syncs with the apps so you can learn more about your favorite plants and animals and post photos and comments. Visit them at www.audubonguides. com where you can find the ultimate guide to identify over 1,800 wildflowers with thousands of professional color photographs and range maps. It offers an in-depth description of every species, with authoritative information. You can browse by shape, habitat, region, zip code, color, fruit, flower, size, and/or flowering month. It is an easy to use tool that will be helpful in learning about or identifying thousands of native plants, with so many ways of searching specific criteria that I am sure it will help you find exactly what you are looking for. Whether it’s something you’ve found in your backyard or on a nature trail in the wild, the Audubon Wildflowers mobile app is a must have.

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