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 'Starburst' 1997

A little bit more conventional this one, but naturally, as one would expect, it has a Strawn twist. From the first blooms plants produce, you could be forgiven for thinking this is just another semi-double pink. Petals of these blooms are usually rather rounded with a richer colour towards their centre. As plants mature the subsequent flowers become increasingly stellate and more open.

'Starburst's' colouration also changes considerably during this time. The petal colour of immature plants consists of solid pigment, but unusually as plants mature this changes. Fully mature plants display a much more vibrant shade of pink, which if you look closely is actually made up of masses of tiny streaks, spots and flecks of colour.

Then there's the twist. At the height of summer, flowers often stand well above the leaves, something not commonly seen on hardy lilies with this type of colouration. 'Starburst' is a free flowering but little known hybrid which deserves to be more widely grown. 

^ Young

^ Mature

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