Monthly Archives: July 2013

Taking part in Plantlife’s Flower Count survey

Two years ago, before I’d dreamt up the Naturetale app, I paid little attention to flowers and considered them a bit boring.  This was largely because they didn’t move or do much – unlike birds.  Of course, it’s difficult to develop a product if you know little about its subject matter.  So over the last two years I’ve learnt quite a lot – including the realisation that plants are (or at least can be) interesting.

Something else I’ve learnt is that Plantlife, a leading plant conservation charity, run a national survey of plants, designed for people nearly as ignorant as me to take part in.  Continue reading

When is a white flower not a white flower?

I have already touched on the complexities that can be posed by flowers that are supposed to be a particular colour.  And also upon the abstract subtleties of the issue of what constitutes ‘a flower’.

Consider Chickweed and many stitchworts, Greater stitchwort and Common daisy.  Chickweed and many stitchworts have a white flower. Continue reading

A whole new ‘world’ of mysterious and fascinating discoveries about how plants protect themselves

At Naturetale we love nothing more than conveying fascinating information about flowers (OK, one or two things more, but there’s no need to go there). I recently came across something that the term ‘fascinating’ was tailormade to describe – evidence that plants warn each other about attacks from pests. Continue reading

When is a flower not a flower?

The Naturetale app declares itself to be a flower identification and information app.  Most people immediately and easily understand this – the concept is a straightforward one.  And at this ‘topline’ level, it is.

But, as earlier posts have discussed, in the world of flowers what appears at first glance to be obvious is not always as it seems. Continue reading

Flowers that are a pain: the culprits should be named!

I’ve already had a moan about the ‘challenging’ tendencies of certain flowers to refuse to stick to our identification ‘rules’, in which I mentioned some of the ways they achieve this.  But what are the flowers we’ve found (so far) who are playing these tricks? Continue reading