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Tuesday 3 August 2010 - Filed under plant lust

We have launched, ahead of schedule even! So far we have around 700 plants in the system – enough to try it out and search for some drool worthy plants. I was really excited to find enough photos for Betula albosinensis var septentrionalis to show off what I want plant lust to do – let people look see all the important stuff about a plant.

This is what I need to know about a plant when I’m on the prowl: what it looks like in summer, in winter, far away, close up, how big it gets, and what conditions it grows in. We’re working away to get lots more plants in the mix.

This is step one of a million or so more, but a big step nonetheless. Feel free to poke around, and I’d be thrilled to hear what you think.

2010-08-03  »  megan

Talkback x 10

  1. Laura
    4 August 2010 @ 8:37 am

    This is very cool! Congratulation to the tree of you! Your hard works looks great!

  2. Linda
    4 August 2010 @ 9:31 am

    Thank you for this! I’ll find it very useful, I have been using Uk based plant searches : “Gardeners World’ website. RHS, etc. this is so great to have a local one. you’re welcome to use any plant photos from my flickr’ P.R.R.C. I’ve been a bit lax in adding new ones though. Good luck !

  3. ricki - sprig to twig
    4 August 2010 @ 11:46 am

    As an ex-graphic designer (well, as “ex” as designers get) I especially love the overall look of this site. Oh my! I anticipate extended hours in front of the computer. When will I sleep?
    Will there be a way to click through to order a plant from your source (so far, just Gossler Farms, but I guess it could get complicated once there are multiple sources for a certain plant)?

  4. Julie Smith
    4 August 2010 @ 5:40 pm

    Megan, what an amazing undertaking! It looks fantastic! I will definitely visit often.

  5. megan
    4 August 2010 @ 7:01 pm

    Laura – thank you for the words of encouragement
    Linda – so glad you find it useful. And thanks for the offer of your flickr photos, I’d definitely like to take you up on that.
    Ricki – I’m so glad it gets the stamp of approval from a designer. I had a really wonderful designer working with me on the visual design, and I think he did a terrific job. Yes, you read our minds. Eventually this will also be an ordering site – order from many catalogs in one place.
    Julie – thank you, I hope you do visit often and find it useful. We plan to be expanding all the time so there will be lots of new content to explore.

  6. portlandgardengeek
    5 August 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    Hey there nestmaker,

    The site looks and feels good and accessible. I think photos of the same plant in varying seasons is a great idea-I can’t think of any complete data base that does this with ease. I find that a lot of plant sites are just messy and difficult to navigate. Looking forward to your development!

  7. Karen
    5 August 2010 @ 10:59 pm

    It’s GORGEOUS! I know I will spend a lot of time on the site, and also will learn a lot. I look forward to seeing it expand and become the go-to resource for online plant sourcing! Yay!

    One thing you guys probably already know about is to make lots of tags so that at least something comes up when people type in stuff like “purple leaf tree” or “variegated shade” like I just did (but nothing came up). Not criticizing, just probably pointing out the obvious that requires hours of work to achieve.

  8. Jane/MulchMaid
    8 August 2010 @ 6:52 am

    Congratulations! This is a huge endeavor and nicely on its way to be a preferred search site for gardeners.

    You pegged it, as far as I’m concerned. Your main focus is EXACTLY what I so often want when I’m researching a variety: multiple images of the specific plant as young; mature; bark, foliage and flower details, the full plant in situ, etc.

    Thank you, thank you!

  9. Grace
    13 August 2010 @ 10:33 am

    One word: BOOKMARKED.

  10. Paige
    12 September 2010 @ 9:55 pm

    You continue to be an inspiration. What an undertaking!! Congratulations