Favorite Purple Bulbs--TOW

Mary Sue Ittner msittner@mcn.org
Fri, 24 Sep 2004 16:16:18 PDT

I didn't include Babiana in my favorite list even though it is a wonderful 
plant in my garden, blooming a long time in winter and bringing me a lot of 
pleasure. And there are some nice purple ones like Babiana framesii. 
Susan's note about how different the purple color seems in different 
photographs of Dahlias is true for Babianas. I kept experimenting with the 
digital camera and Paint Shop Pro to see if I could get a color that looked 
like what we were seeing. One of my photographic friends says the 
reflection from the blue sky comes to play when you are taking pictures. I 
have added two pictures of B. framesii described as dark blue to purple by 
Manning and Goldblatt.

It's a really nice Babiana and I recently sent a few extra corms to Dell 
for the BX. One of the pictures is how the camera sees it (more blue) and 
the other more like we saw it (more purple) with some tinkering of white 
balance and manipulation afterwards. Since everyone's monitor is a bit 
different none of you may see it as I see it on my computer, but perhaps 
you can still detect a difference.

Ironically when I used to use my camera for taking pictures of my babianas 
some of the purple ones came out looking pink which wasn't right at all.

Mary Sue 

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