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
^ Early in the season
^ High summer
^ A young plant
Being something of a tropical gardener in a temperate
climate, hybrids like 'Starbright' are invaluable for giving
that tropical look. In fact you could easily be forgiven for
thinking this is a tropical water lily. Everything about it reinforces
^ In summer
Firstly the flower form - 'Starbright's' blooms
are much more stellate than the classic image of a hardy water
lily. Secondly the colouration is most unusual, not to mention
unique among Kirk's hybrids. In common with Kirk's peach hybrids,
'Starbright' exhibits a great deal of variation. This is due
to climatic conditions and is also greatly influenced by the
maturity of the plant. Young plants, especially early in the
season, produce flowers which at a glance appear almost white.
It's not until the plants mature in high summer that the true
glory of this variety comes out. These blooms display a wonderful
mix of the most exquisite pastel shades of cream, pink and peach.
Totally indescribable. Thirdly, and to me 'Starbright's' most
tropical trait, is the way mature plants hold their flowers high
above the foliage. Honestly it really is a hardy.
The foliage of this hybrid also deserves a mention.
The leaves are unusually dark with even darker, almost ink-like
patches. The whole plant has a modest spread making it great
for smaller ponds. Then there's the autumn colour, well, sort
of anyway. As the old leaves decay at the end of their natural
life, something rather strange often happens. Technicolor leaves!
'Starbright' is yet another of Kirk's hybrids which displays
an exceptional flower to leave size ratio. It is not uncommon
for mature blooms to be almost as large as the leaves. Once again
Kirk came up with a wonderfully descriptive name for this beauty.
It is free flowering late into the season, and seems to thrive
on as much sun and heat as a British summer can provide.
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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. 'Starbright' by other
Waterlilies | Waterlily
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