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Discussion id : 113-988
most recent 10 NOV HIDE POSTS
Initial post 10 NOV by jkew
Is there an API or way to get data from the HMF database? My wife and I are amateur hybridizers and we wanted a way to use some of the data from HMF without entering it in manually? Alternatively I've been thinking about some mobile applications that might make good use of the data. Currently I work as a software engineer at a data visualization company and I can think of all sorts of neat ways this data could be used if it can be integrated into other applications.

Even if API access requires a paid account it would be useful.

Feel free to email me directly.

Discussion id : 107-749
most recent 2 FEB HIDE POSTS
Initial post 1 FEB by ac91z6
A suggestion, if it's possible - I'll admit I know little of website design.

Would it be possible to add 'fall foliage color', 'hip display', or a 'fall interest' to the RATINGS section or description (description already has hips)? This may only be of interest to those in cooler zones, but for us this could help evaluate our rose choices or help us decide on placement in the garden.
Reply #1 of 6 posted 1 FEB by Patricia Routley
We do have sections for "attractive fall colour" in Foliage; and "produces attractive hips" in Growing Notes in the descriptions. Mostly we try and include these things when we see an author has mentioned them. But a rose in a cooler climate might have more attractive colour than in a warmer climate. And there is a fine line between a rose producing hips, and producing decorative hips (she says after just having de-hipped the feral and prickly R. eglanteria when they became b..... hips.) Sorry I can't help with knowledge on the ratings.
Reply #2 of 6 posted 2 FEB by ac91z6
I just wish there was a better way than the mods/admins having to go through comments - esp. on some roses where there are dozens. I really, really appreciate that you guys do that though!
I wish more people would post if their roses have good fall color/interest - I'll have to remember to do that with my own!
Reply #3 of 6 posted 2 FEB by Margaret Furness
It is climate-dependent. Mme Gregoire Staechelin is known for decorative hips (as well as flowers), but in my summer heat (up to 42C, occasionally worse) they sunburn and become unattractive.
Reply #4 of 6 posted 2 FEB by Andrew from Dolton
Autumn colour.
Reply #5 of 6 posted 2 FEB by ac91z6
I knew some roses wouldn't set in colder zones, but I didn't realize heat could be too much for them as well. Thank you!

And Andrew, wow that is some gold foliage! Gorgeous! I'm guessing a rugosa? HMF won't let me go back to the plant listing from the photo.
Reply #6 of 6 posted 2 FEB by Andrew from Dolton
It is Rosa roxburghii normalis, the picture was taken in autumn 2016, an exceptionally good year for autumn colour. Other roses that colour well in a cool climate are the rugosas, of course, also some of the American species, Rosa virginiana always does quite well with reddish shades as does Rosa cinnamomea 'Plena' too. Another rose that is good value is R. fedtschenkoana, that has yellow shades with fruits and flowers too. This year I have planted R x micrugosa 'Alba' which I have great expectations for good autumn foliage as well.
Discussion id : 105-736
most recent 28 SEP 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
I notice that someone is playing around with the site CSS. It has gone to full screen width. That's good on mobile, but not so good on larger desktop monitors like mine. It results in chasing content for miles across the page, and can make things much harder to read.

That's ok for me because I can write my own custom overrides, but most people wouldn't know how to do that.

Have you considered using media queries to set different widths for different sized screens? This is common practice these days, and is not difficult to do. It means you can use the full width on small devices, while keeping content within useful limits on wide screens.


Incidentally, the current CSS sets a body width of 100%. That's redundant code, because 100% is the default for all block level elements anyway, You don't, or shouldn't, need to specify it.
Reply #1 of 4 posted 28 SEP 17 by HMF Admin
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. People often don't realize suggestions and (constructive) criticism are what drive the changes to HelpMeFind.

Currently, we are focused on desktop use of HMF but we do have plans to address use on mobile devices in the near future.

With the increased use of larger monitors, we have found many of our users prefer the flexibility to resize the browser window to their liking instead of using full screen mode but your point is well taken and we will look into the possibility of providing user selection for preferences of this nature. If there is one area where the saying "you can't please everyone" applies it is user interfaces.

Thanks again for your suggestions.
Reply #2 of 4 posted 28 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
I wasn't suggesting adding different user preferences to the interface. Media queries aren't user preferences. It's just CSS. But unless you're rearranging content blocks for different screens you don't even really need media queries.

The main point is that once lines of text get over about 70 characters, they get more and more difficult to read. The optimum is somewhat less than this. This is basic typography and is well supported by a lot of testing.

But you don't need to force 100% width to fill a window. You can use max-width instead, to keep things within limits on wide screens while still allowing full use of narrow screens.

For example, if you set max-width: 1000px; and margin: 0 auto; the content will never exceed 1000px in width, and will remain centred on the screen, while still completely filling any screen narrower than 1000px.
Reply #3 of 4 posted 28 SEP 17 by HMF Admin
... or you could adjust your browser's window size to your preference.
Reply #4 of 4 posted 28 SEP 17 by Give me caffeine
I don't like doing that. And the amount of code to do it the way I suggested is hardly different to what you are running now.
Discussion id : 101-338
most recent 24 JUN 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 24 JUN 17 by Janine Arlette
Hello roselovers,

Today I visited the Rosenneuheitengarten in Baden-Baden i.e. the place where many breeders from all over the world send their rose novelties.
I found a truly stunning climbing rose bred by Mr. Rippetoe. Its name is RNRJACBEE.

I would love to share some pictures of this outstanding rose as I think you shouldn't miss THESE colors.

How is the proceeding?
Will I have to wait until Mr. Rippetoe is adding it to his "plants bred"? Can I apply for it being added to the HMF collection? Can I add it myself?

Thank you very much in advance for your kind support.
Janine Arlette
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