Langley’s daylily guru has plant named for her

Langley’s “Queen of the Daylilies” now has a special bloom named in her honour.

Pam Erikson of Erikson Daylilies has long been known for her passion for the brightly flowering plants, but she was floored earlier this year when she was told that a fellow breeder was naming one of his new hybrids after her.

Thomas Hobbs, a longtime Vancouver-based florist and gardener who moved to Langley a couple of years back, has created a strain called the Pamela Erikson.

“I got him into daylilies about 15 years ago,” she said.

Hobbs had been an orchid breeder, and she interested him in the equally widly-varied world of daylilies.

This is the second flower named for Erikson – there’s an eastern Canadian hybridizer who dubbed on variety “Vivacious Pam.”

Hobbs’s variety is cream coloured, with heavy, ruffled edges on the bloom and lime green overtones.

Unlike some flowers, which take years to bloom for the first time, daylilies such as the Pamela Erikson will be blooming this year. Erikson is selling some of her namesake flowers now that she’s opened her garden center on weekends, along with about 3,200 other varieties.

Hobbs said he first created the variety now named after Erikson about eight years ago. It has been officially registered under that name.

“It’s a beauty,” he said.

Erikson was the one who drew him into daylily hybridization.

“She’s very bubbly and enthusiastic, and she gets people hooked on them,” said Hobbs.

The plants are hardy and relatively easy to work with.

“It’s very easy, you just play bumblebee,” Hobbs said.

Once you’ve cross-polinated to create your hybrids, you have to wait two years until they bloom to see what you’ve got.

Hobbs recently spoke at the Langley Garden Club meeting. After years of growing in Vancouver, he moved to South Langley a few years ago.

Most of the varieties of daylily at Erikson’s will be blooming by July, so until then Erikson will be spending most of her days frantically working in the garden and potting. The July blooming will coincide with the annual open house at Erikson Daylilies.

The next Langley Garden Club meeting will be the annual Spring Show on Saturday, April 26, at the Sharon United Church Hall in Murrayville at Five Corners.

Just Posted

CHAMBER WEEK: Langley offers year-round education and networking options

TONIGHT: Lunch, coffee, and dinner meetings tackle issues pertinent to a growing business community.

VIDEO: Weekly jazz jam added to Langley bistro’s menu

Porter’s coffee house introduces a new session for young and up-and-coming musicians.

Langley Advance has autographed jerseys, tickets up for grabs

Vancouver Giants are enjoying a great season, and one lucky reader is going to see them play Friday.

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

VIDEO: Langley Rivermen putting bullying on ice

People are invited to paint messages of suport, compassion, and kindness on ice Wednesday night.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Slippery roads didn’t deter runners in the 11th annual Fort Langley marathon

PHOTOS TOO: Most registered runners and walkers came out, despite ice from overnight snowfall.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Fallen cedar knocks out Otter area power

Strong gusts of wind caused an entire cedar to split off and crash into power lines

Dawson Creek man, wanted in court, sought by B.C. RCMP

33-year-old Jeremiah Alexander Smith’s vehicle found abandoned near Hope

Aldergrove U18 soccer boys keep on win streak

Aldergrove’s boys prevailed in this game and have a 8 win, 1 tie and 2 loss record

Most Read