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

'Betsy Sakata'
This spectacular hybrid is one the most free flowering yellow hardy water lilies available and subsequently one of my absolute favourites. It is a large vigorous hybrid which has the great distinction of having one of the longest flowering periods of any hardy lily. This is largely due to the evergreen nature of this hybrid, something inherited from its N. mexicana parentage.

Despite the potential size of this plant it is highly adaptable and will even flower profusely within the confines of a bucket. The first flowers that young plants produce are often rather pale and cup shaped, but as plants mature subsequent blooms evolve into a wonderful stellate display of glowing yellow.

This depth of colour is second only to the vivid 'Joey Tomocik'. What really sets these blooms off is once again the spectacular way in which they are held high above the foliage. A truly tropical experience even in our temperate climate! Sadly this variety is rather reluctant to reproduce and is therefore not as readily available as it deserves. 

< ^ Very young plant

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