James Knock's Tribute
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.
Brilliance of Kirk Strawn
Photos & Notes © James Knock,
www.fishponds.com - Click images to enlarge
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by Knock Introduction | Gallery
If your looking for subtlety in a lily, then
I suggest you look away now. Where do I start? Well, apart from
the fact that it's totally awesome, this has to be one of, if
not THE, most striking hardy lilies available.
The colour of 'Mayla's' flowers set it apart
from almost any other hardy lily. (See 'Celebration'
also.) Fully mature specimens have the most superb double fuschia
pink blooms imaginable. As if this weren't enough, they are set
off by a mass of very long bright orange stamens. Simply gorgeous.
In order to appreciate the true glory of this
hybrid, I should point out that it's a real monster at heart.
It has a running rootstock (odorata) and for this reason requires
a very large container to do it justice. It grows exceptionally
well in natural ponds where its roots have total freedom. When
established, the leaves can be well in excess of 30cm (12")
in diameter, so definitely not one for the tub garden.
The first blooms on young plants can be a bit
disappointing as they are often rather pale, but as the plant
matures so does the flower intensity. The flower form also changes
over this time from almost cup shaped to rather stellate.
Early in the season
Mature, after dull weather
The level of available sunlight can also have
a marked effect on the flower colour. Here in the U.K. we often
get spells of cool overcast weather. This causes great variation
from one bloom to the next.
This is one of the most highly scented lilies
I know. No need to stick your nose into a flower - you can actually
smell it from quite a distance. Very pleasant it is too. Once
fully established this is one of the most free flowering odorata
type water lilies available.
Subtle it may not be, but what a wonderful hybrid. One of Kirk's
In the rain
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. 'Mayla' by other photographers
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