What makes Colchicum so different? I have found similar problems with many plants. Last Spring I ordered some arillate Irises from ASI. I found that not infrequently the descriptions and the color photographs differed by so much I wondered whether they were describing the same plant. There are adequate reasons for these differences: of course, the lighting; surprisingly, also, the background; color names used by the describer might be interpreted as a rather different color by the reader; adjectives like deep, long, narrow, etc. have always been problematic at best. Unlike you, I have found the best time to photograph to be on slightly overcast days, when the flower is evenly lit; the colors stay put; and don't overwhelm. But that's a personal preference. David E. ________________________________ From: Jim McKenney <firstname.lastname@example.org> It isn't easy for me to describe the colors of colchicums, and I've found that printed descriptions and catalog illustrations are frequently misleading. Even carefully done photographs can be misleading, at least in the sense that the apparent color of a colchicum flower depends on the light conditions. ... as Bowles pointed out long ago, seen in the low sunlight of late afternoon they can be wonderful indeed.