I saw a tweet from a friend who wrote something like this: “Several months ago I posted a great photo of my favorite [xyz] plant and I wish I could find it now to share.”
I’ve had that same thought many times! Solving this problem was one of the main reasons we started Plants Map back in 2014. Not being able to easily find specific photos of a particular plant when we quickly wanted to share them was becoming more difficult each year as our gardens, plants and photo libraries grew.
Most of us have mobile phones with us all of the time and we are constantly taking photos. By default, our pictures are stored in the order they are taken in our phone’s photo gallery. A few of us sync our phones to our computers so that the photos get saved into a photo program. I would bet that even fewer of us actually go into the computer and organize our photos.
If you post a photo of a plant to a social media channel today and want to retrieve that photo 8 months from now, it’s often really hard to locate the photo because it is so far down the stream or news feed that after browsing for a while we just give up looking for it.
So we developed My Plants Map – A personalized digital plant journal with a photo gallery for each of our plants.
With My Plants Map on Plantsmap.com each plant you add has its own unique webpage with a photo gallery and tabs for plant details, growing details, and notes. Plants are saved within your My Plants Map library and can be sorted by title, botanical name, or common name so you can locate them quickly to share.
Take a look at this plant webpage showing a Franklina alatamaha, a Franklinia or The Franklin Tree from Tracy Blevins’ garden and click on the photos. You can see the tree when it was only 18″ tall and then view photos showing it grow over the next two years and eventually bloom.
Now you can use your mobile phone to visit that webpage for a plant and use the camera to record photos of that plant and the images are stored right there on the page with your plant’s information.
Over time as you add plants to your My Plants Map, a single plant listing grows into a miniature website about just that one specific plant. You can tell the story of a plant with a description and with photos. If you keep adding notes and photos, then over time, you will have organized your notes about growing this plant throughout the year and you will have a series of photos showing the plant in all seasons.
Now, when you want to share a photo of that flower blooming, you know where to go to find that photo and you can simply share the link to your plant’s unique webpage and photo gallery.