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.

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