Story behind the app
I was filming for the BBC 'Private Life of Plants' when a friend visited my garden. She said. "You have a beautiful garden. How do you know which plants will grow in your garden so you get a beautiful and colourful garden throughout the year? She said "I have a tree but do’t know what will grow under it. I have a garage and I’d like to climb plants up it, but I don’t know what to plants. I have lots of books but it takes too long to look through them and they often don’t have the information I want".
That gave me the seed of an idea to make and quick and easy to use, interactive plant database. I wanted to to allow people of all levels of experience to find the right plants to suit every condition of a garden to produce colour and interest throughout the year. I could take all the photographs but I needed Authors to write about the plants. I wanted authors with mud under their fingernails who would write about the plants with descriptions rather than just basic information which you get on labels.
I then needed to find programmers to make the plant database come to life. The plant database grew plus we made additional functions requested by out clients, like making plant lists of Plants I have, Plants I want and Plants I have that need pruning in any chosen month. We also added a function to add notes to chosen plants, so the client could keen a records of where the plant are in the garden and any other information they wanted to record. The database continues to grow.