On Digital Photography School Helen Bradley wrote an article titled Ho-Hum to Wow! in Gimp. Here she gives very clear instructions for giving colours punch by using Gimp to edit the LAB colour space. I’m a Gimp user so I tried out the method, with the results that you see here.
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Ho-Hum: here I edited the curves and levels in the conventional RGB colour space
Here I've edited the LAB colour space using Helen Bradley's method. The plastic has gone psychedelic and, as advertised, the colour and contrast of the leaves and branches has been given a real lift. This is just a quick edit and I expect that further experimentation would improve it. Putting photos on WordPress does degrade them.