Quickly identify that curious flower or plant
Summer means plenty of hikes, nature walks and visits to the arboretum. It also, perhaps, means you’ll be hearing incessantly those three little words from your children: “What is that?” Happily, there’s an app to help.
The Like That Garden app — one of a series of scan-and-identify apps from the company — lets you hold your smartphone camera up to a flower or plant so that it can tell you immediately what it is, and even how to care for it. The app needs the Internet to work, but you can save pictures to your phone and analyze them later when you have cellphone service.
The app works most effectively when your photo is taken up close and in full light, so you’re best off using it during the day. Still, it’s great for those of us who can’t tell a petunia from a tuberose but want to sound as if we do. Free, for iOS and Android devices.