This week, I opened up my email inbox and found this waiting for me. (Thanks, Mom!) It was a fun surprise to see such a colorful bouquet “grown” in a mobile application just for me. I knew where it had come from because I had introduced her to the Flower Garden app from Snappy Touch awhile back. (The app, available on the iTunes store for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, comes in a free version and a $1.99 paid version, which includes an Outdoor Garden and extra types of seeds).
When you open the app, you see terra cotta plants, waiting for you to plant seeds of your choice with fantastical names like “Rain Drop,” “Rainbow Stars,” “All Hallow’s Eve” and “Wishing Tulip.”
You have to “water” them at certain intervals, depending on the plant (the app tells you how often they need water). Then flowers grow over a period ranging from a few hours to a few days. When they’re fully grown and ready, you can “cut” them and arrange them into a bouquet, like the one pictured above. You select the flowers for the bouquet, position them and personalize an accompanying note to send to friends via email or text or post to Facebook.
If you don’t tend to them, they will ruin, but there’s a “vacation mode” that stops everything from growing or wilting so you don’t have to worry about the app if you get tired of playing or don’t have time.
In-app purchases include additional seed packets, fertilizer to make your flowers grow faster and “color dust” that changes all the flowers in the pot to a random color. You can also buy additional gardens for your pots so you can grow more flowers.
It’s a colorful app.
I have had the app on vacation mode for the last couple of months because I was growing so many flowers and didn’t have that many people to send them to. It also took a lot of time to tend them all, so the bouquet from my mom was a fun birthday surprise.
When your friends receive the bouquet that you’ve created using Flower Garden, they might not know the work and time it took to “grow” the flowers in a personalized bouquet, but you will. The design will be enough, though, to make them smile.
~ Lillie-Beth Brinkman (firstname.lastname@example.org)