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

'Clyde Ikins'


One of Kirk's masterpieces! Everything about this hybrid is exceptional.

< Mature, high summer

Firstly its colour is remarkable. While young plants are basically yellow, mature plants at the height of summer develop into a stunning orange peach.


high summer

high summer

Secondly its flowers are huge for a relatively small plant, often almost as large as the leaves. They also stand higher above the foliage than pretty much any other hardy lily I know.

Thirdly this hybrid simply doesn't stop flowering. It's always one of the first to flower each summer and then goes on and on. Flowers stay open much later in the afternoon than most varieties. I have often witnessed flower buds reaching the surface in the middle of winter. Although they fail to open, it doesn't stop this plant trying time and time again.

Due to its N. mexicana parentage plants will remain evergreen where the climate allows.

Mature, summer


Mature, summer



High summer

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Strawn by Knock Introduction | Gallery Index Complete 300K
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'

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