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 

Nymphaea 'Pink Sunrise' 1993




This is another of the subtle ones, perhaps even more so as the first flowers produced on young plants can be a bit disappointing. Very often they are almost white with a pink blush towards the base of each petal. However once established flowers are a very pleasing shade of pink and make a nice contrast to some of the really brash ones out there.
This is a comparatively small growing plant which has a running rootstock (odorata) so is best planted in a large container or earth bottomed pool. I find 'Pink Sunrise' to be free flowering once it's fully established.

Like many of Kirk's more subtle pinks this hybrid is not well known. The current fashion for more vibrant pinks seems to have pushed them into the background.


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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'

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