I apologize for the relatively long hiatus from a post here on the Journal, and this one isn’t even to present a flower. I haven’t posted here for over 10 days, but I have been real busy. I’m not only talking about my day job, and the time I’ve spent enjoying a visit from my youngest daughter and her four sons (her hubby was only through here for a couple of days, but it was nice to see Andy again,) and the quick overnight trip to Nashville with 12 grandchildren and more to visit relatives up that way, or the trip to Atlanta to deliver folks to the airport.
No, on top of that, there have been some changes on the USWildflowers.com website. Read on if you’re interested in hearing about them…
Here are some of the recent changes at USWildflowers.com:
- In early July I added a link to the new “State Reference” page to the home page. By using one of the links in the dropdown list, you get a list of websites and books that cover wildflowers for the selected state, and where you also get links to wildflowers in our own database that are found in the state selected. When you are identifying wildflowers, it’s always good to narrow down the list of potential candidates as much as possible.
- More recently, a name search function has been added allowing you to search based on scientific name, common name, or both. This is a “wild card” search – you don’t need to put in the name exactly as it is in the database. You’ll be presented with thumbnails of all species that contain whatever string you enter. Here is an example search, using the word “indian” in the common name. On most pages, including the front page, the name search function is found in the right sidebar.
- USWildflowers is now on Twitter, and the Twitter feed is shown on the new “News” page. I’ll use the Twitter feed to notify about updates to the wildflower database, changes to the website, and other wildflower activities of interest. (Note: You can also search directly from this page.)
- A few weeks ago I added the USDA Plants Database species distribution map to the detail page for each of the currently 145 species in USWildflowers’ database so you can tell what parts of the United States that species can be found.
- The species detail page has been reformatted to more closely align it with the other pages on the site. It also makes the information more readable, and the name search function has been included here as well.
- The species detail page and database were modified to include links to Journal articles about the flower group in which I’ve included the species. These “group names” sometimes, but not always, align with a genus.
- The species detail page was enhanced to allow multiple photographs for the featured plant. This required notable rework of the database, so relatively few of the species have multiple photos so far, but I’ll continue to work on that. It will allow you to better identify your wildflowers by being able to see different parts of the plant.
There have also been a number of ‘invisible’ changes to the database that will help me better manage the growing data and look toward more future enhancements, and on top of that, 22 species have been added to the database since the 4th of July.
Enjoy; I hope you find the site useful.