This post Water lily - Nymphaea 'Rhonda Kay' was originally uploaded by Tyra Hallsénius Lindhe in the blog Tyras trädgård/Tyra's Garden
I was going through some pictures this morning and found this simple yet stunning water lily. It is called 'Rhonda Kay' and I found her in Kew Gardens.
'Rhonda Kay' at Kew Gardens.The Nymphaeaceae are aquatic, rhizomatous herbs.
About: Mr Landon the father of the "Rhonda Kay" Waterlily.
"Mr. Landon, a renowned waterlily hybridizer and plant explorer, has assembled a collection that contains 90 percent of the world's known wild species of waterlilies (about 85, he said) and more than 4,000 hybrids. (Most are growing or stored, as seeds or bulbs, at his farm in Miles, about 20 miles northeast of here, or by growers in three states and in Europe.)
Largely self-taught -- he minored in botany while earning a degree in industrial engineering -- he is known around here as the Indiana Jones of the waterlily world. He nonchalantly tells of braving snake-infested waters, escaping the snapping jaws of crocodiles and the like, in his search, from Amazonia to Zanzibar, for some rare wildling once thought extinct.
And every year, thousands of enthusiasts from all over the world come to see these lilies, which Mr. Landon tends through an $80,000 contract with the city. San Angelo is also home to the International Waterlily Preservation Repository, a seed bank Mr. Landon established in 2007. " Read the whole article here. From an article in the New York Times about Mr Landon For Waterlilies, An Odd Refuge