James Knock, who lives in the United Kingdom, has been a dedicated collector of Strawn waterlily cultivars for many years and is an expert in their identification and cultivation. Most cultivars were obtained directly from Strawn Water Gardens in the years 1994 through 1998.

In these galleries, James takes us through seasonal and age related changes in coloration of many Strawn cultivars. High summer in England, sometimes only two to three weeks long, provides the most dramatic colors of all, often not seen in other climates. None of the images have been color enhanced or color adjusted.  

James Knock's Tribute
to the
Brilliance of Kirk Strawn

Photos & Notes © James Knock, www.fishponds.com - Click images to enlarge 






A wonderful but little known hybrid. The proportions of this plant are quite exceptional. Flowers are almost as large as the leaves! Like many varieties, the blooms of young plants are cup shaped, but as the plant matures they become much broader.

 Colour maturing ^
 Kirk described the colour of this hybrid as, "First day white with rose tones, third day white streaked mauve with pink tones." It is altogether very striking, especially when, at the height of summer, flowers stand above the foliage. Flowers are also particularly sturdy with thick, almost hail-proof, petals. I find this variety to be free flowering in water less than 45cm (18") deep. It is quite slow to produce offsets, therefore sadly not often available.

^ Young 

^ Mature

Mature, summer

Mature, high summer

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For shorter downloads:
N. 'Barbara Davies' through N. 'Clyde Ikins' | N. 'Colorado' through N. 'Liou'
N. 'Little Sue' through N. 'Pink Pumpkin' | N. 'Pink Sparkle' through N. 'Yuh Ling'

N. 'Gypsy' by other photographers

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