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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Dec 15, 2011 4:27 PM CST

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Here is a good start on a project I've been working on for longer than I'd care to admit. It's a custom database for specific plants, bringing all the DB features of a particular plant and giving enhanced access to that information.

It's in beta right now and there is not much to see yet, but it'll greatly expand in the days ahead.

The big feature right now is a custom "Search by characteristics" engine. So, you can go into the Daylilies database and search based on ploidy, scape height, bloom traits, hybridizer, year of introduction, and things like that.

Here are some examples:

Daylilies
Roses
Clematis
Irises
Sempervivum
Jovibarba
Heucheras
Dahlias

Have fun playing around with that search. Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2011 4:29 PM CST
Very nice Dave! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 15, 2011 4:42 PM CST
Hurray! WOW!!!!
Dave this is amazing already. What more can you do with it? My brain can't even go there. Sticking tongue out
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 15, 2011 4:55 PM CST

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Well, the search engine part is pretty much finished, I think, but I have a lot more to add to the main page. Smiling
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Dec 15, 2011 5:16 PM CST
Well, I've had fun just generally searching in Clematis and Roses so far ... off to see more! Smiling
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Dec 15, 2011 5:37 PM CST
I just tried it and got the following message:

"No results found. Your query may have been too specific. Try removing some of the options and try again."

was in Roses and only chose 4 fields..
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 15, 2011 5:52 PM CST

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What were the four fields?

When you removed some of the options, I assume you got results?

Sounds like it's working the way it should.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Dec 15, 2011 5:57 PM CST

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Thumbs up Thumbs up

Question:
Searched Iris
Japanese (Ensata)
Bloom Season: Mid Season

Iris Silverband did not show up as it's listed as an "Early-mid season" meaning both early and mid. Can/should the search engine pick this up or should the data be entered differently?
Evan
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Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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threegardeners
Dec 15, 2011 5:58 PM CST
bloom size, bloom colour, fragrance and rebloomability.

yup, removed bloom size and got one result.

Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 15, 2011 6:10 PM CST

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eclayne said:Question:
Searched Iris
Japanese (Ensata)
Bloom Season: Mid Season

Iris Silverband did not show up as it's listed as an "Early-mid season" meaning both early and mid. Can/should the search engine pick this up or should the data be entered differently?


The search engine doesn't think like we do. All it can do is go through all the plants and see what is checked off. If something is checked off, then it returns the result. It doesn't realize that "Early-mid season" is actually somehow related to "Early" and "Mid".

So, really, this is a question of architecture of how the irises are structured in the database... I would say that if "Early" and "Mid" are both checked off, then it seems like "Early-Mid" should be checked off also. Or isn't this redundant anyway?
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Dec 15, 2011 6:40 PM CST

Plants Admin

Thanks Dave, but Shrug! This is a PollyK Question.
Evan
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Dec 15, 2011 7:42 PM CST

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I agree
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 15, 2011 8:12 PM CST

Plants Admin

Lee Anne, the rose section will work better when all of the details have been moved to the checkboxes. They were in a different format in Cubits and have to be changed. The process has begun, but I'm not through yet.

Edited to say that you're welcome to ask for suggestions or recommendations in the rose forum until the process has been completed. We love to enable!
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Name: Juli
(Zone 5b)
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daylily
Dec 15, 2011 11:07 PM CST
Dave, this is fantastic.

Hurray!
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
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Calif_Sue
Dec 16, 2011 12:53 AM CST

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It's a beautiful thing!!

For the daylilies, we still have to fill in the base bloom colors for the majority of the entries but we're plugging away at them!
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Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Dec 16, 2011 5:31 AM CST
I searched for daylilies... color: purple, color description:green throat .... got a wonderful list of matches. Perfect. Great feature and love the "characteristics" box at the bottom. Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 16, 2011 7:51 AM CST

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I'm really glad that you all are liking it! Thumbs up
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 16, 2011 11:37 AM CST
Oh my goodness Dave! You do realize this makes you an enabler don't you? I searched for daylily, black bloom, evergreen, toothed edge & I came up with "Eight Miles High". Had to star it. Now it's on my must have list.

Enabler!
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Beekeeper Garden Sages Avid Green Pages Reviewer Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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dave
Dec 16, 2011 12:37 PM CST

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I have updated this and the above linked pages now include the newest images and comments that have been posted to the individual areas!

Example: The Daylilies Database

More to come.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Region: Florida Dog Lover Birds
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 16, 2011 2:27 PM CST
That's AWESOME Dave!
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