Recent additions to the wiki--Muscari, Onixotis, Romulea

Mary Sue Ittner
Fri, 16 Apr 2004 07:42:07 PDT
Dear All,

My Onixotis stricta bloomed really well this year even though it has not 
been as rainy as usual. I remembered to keep it moist since it is usually 
found in wet places.…

This week I have two Muscaris in bloom. One is the very lovely white one I 
got from Jane McGary, Muscari pallens and the other is a first time from 
seed and I hope rightly named, short with blue flowers, Muscari aucheri.…

Another South African Romulea blooming for the first time for me from seed 
this year is Romulea leipoldtii. It is two toned, cream to white with a 
yellow center. My first pictures all made it look cream colored, but when I 
took pictures later the edges of the tepals looked white. I don't know if 
it changed colors on me or if the light was just different on subsequent 
days so that it appeared cream at certain times and white at others. I 
added both pictures for the contrast. These are the same flowers. We often 
look at each others pictures to help identify a plant. Here is an example 
of the color being different with the same camera and the same background. 
I've experimented with different solid backgrounds and the color of the 
flower changes say with green versus white. And we all know that with 
regular cameras the kind of film you use makes a difference. In many slide 
shows the pictures of plants look better than they would have at the time. 
Each of us have our computers adjusted differently so we all see the posted 
images a little different. I recently took a class where the teacher said 
the flat screens did not give the richness of color that the old screens 
did and anyone really interested in photography should use the crt screens. 
I find my flat screen much easier on my eyes so am not likely to go back.…

Mary Sue

Mary Sue Ittner
California's North Coast
Wet mild winters with occasional frost
Dry mild summers

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