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 Pumpkin' 1994
'Pink Pumpkin' is a bright pink water lily with a most unusual flower form. Unlike most lilies the petals actually curve inward creating a distinctive look. Somehow this manages to give the flowers a really heavy look. Perhaps this is where Kirk got the name from? Although some say it comes from having pumpkin coloured new leaves, I guess it depends on what type of pumpkin you're growing. Which ever way you view it, the monster blooms produced by mature plants are simply gorgeous.

'Pink Pumpkin' grows on a running root stock (odorata) so requires a very large container in order to grow well. Alternatively it is an excellent candidate for anyone who has a natural pond where its roots can have total freedom.
Although not as free flowering as some, the blooms pack such a punch it's well worth growing in conjunction with other Strawn lilies.  

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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'

N. 'Pink Pumpkin' by other photographers

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