Michael Bouman's Daylilies
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
About Daylily Lay
Daylily Lay is the name of a gardening passion. It's a whimsical
name, lest I take myself too seriously. In Bob Dylan's Lay Lady,
Lay there's a "big brass bed." Here, there's a big grass
bed. My wife Karen helps with the daylilies and manages extensive
plantings of many other things to attract birds, butterflies, and bees.
The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who
use it year-round.
Karen and I grow 800 varieties of daylilies and have realized
we grow hundreds too many! We want to provide the plants with
plenty of space between them. Space promotes enjoyment. Crowding
promotes anxiety. Early on summer mornings, I'm out there crossing
one daylily with another in the hope of producing special new ones.
My seedling starter beds are in the forground in ten strips going down the
slope to the lake. After three seasons the "keepers" from each crop of
2000 are moved to another bed and the rest are removed to make room for
another crop. There are always about 6000 seedlings on the slope.
I register my best hybrids with the American Daylily Society (ADS).
Plants are available only by mail via internet sales or through my donations
to garden clubs. I do not operate a nursery, and there are no
direct sales. Visitors are welcome during bloom season. Mornings
are the best time to enjoy the gardens. Please call ahead.
I enjoy giving talks to garden clubs anywhere in North America.
Please contact me before sending an order, as supplies are limited. I
ship USPS Priority Mail. Postage cost is $10 plus $3 for each additional plant.
Chorus of Diplomats*
(2022) (Midnight in Moscow X Totem and Taboo)
5.5, 30, Dor, EM, 4 branches, 24 buds, fertile both ways.
Reddish phlox pink with darker veins and an eye of greyed navy showing darker veins above a "citrus medley" throat
of orange, yellow, and green. Fine plant stature and form inherited from Midnight in Moscow; colors and latent pattern
from Totem and Taboo. Chorus of Diplomats gives an unusually attractive look that's quite pleasing amidst the array
of standard colors in a daylily garden. In places where patterned eyezones show well, this may display the spearhead
pattern inherited from Totem and Taboo. In my climate I have only seen such a pattern once. $100
(2022) (Barbara Mandrell X Billie J.) 5.75, 38, Sev, EM, RE, 3 branches, 19 buds, fertile both ways.
Ruffled glossy dark red with a medium red watermark and a "citrus medley" throat of orange, yellow, and green. A thrilling
flower to see in the garden; makes an impact. A visitor in 2021 who took notes on my entire collection selected the future
Color Therapy as one of the four she wanted to take home. It will stop you in your tracks every day you see it. $100 double
(2022) (Desperate Housewife X Love in a Vacuum) 6, 33, Dor, L to VL, 4 branches, 28 buds, fertile
both ways. Ruffled dark raspberry with a chalky watermark; with white throat sparks, white picotee,
and a green throat. Makes a stunning impact when the bloom season is winding down. $100 double fan
(2022) (Butter Cream X ((Omomuki x Self Propelled) x Moment in the Sun))
7, 36, Dor, Mid, 3 branches, 19 buds, fertile both ways. Ruffled medium yellow with
a strong green throat has a stand-offish consistency that makes a person wonder.
It’s so stuck up, and it’s completely unaware of its failure to fit in with the complacent look of its
None of the neighbors look like a yellow starfish, after all. $100 double fan
(2022) ((City Center x Circuit Breaker) X ((Heartbeat of Heaven x Vertical Horizon) x Reach for the Sky))
5.5, 36, Dor, Late, RE, 4 branches, 22 buds, pollen fertile. Ruffled lavender purple
with prominent darker veins, blue eye, white throat sparks, often overlaid with a veil of blue haze. Green throat.
Transmits the hazy blue aspect to its offspring, but it's uncertain whether this trait opens the door
to an all-blue daylily. $100 double
Holy Flame Bestowing*
(2022) (Deliberate Pace sibling X Mark Alan Carpenter)
7, 28, Dor, ML, 3 branches, 14 buds, fertile both ways. Heavily ruffled bright
golden orange with a faint flame red halo above a gold to olive throat.
Flowers have a look of spiritual generosity. Makes hefty plants with thick scapes, and creates a massive center
of warmth in any garden.
(2022) (Optimisms Flame X Red Fortune) 4.5, 30, Dor, Late, RE, 3-4 branches, 21 buds, easily fertile both ways.
Ruffled red of intense color blending into a dark quasi-halo above a green throat.
This one turns up the volume of a Billy Joel song and makes you wonder, "innocent of what?"
Fine parents from the unindicted reds of Curt Hanson and David Kirchhoff. Proclaims its innocence
to the end of the season.
She Drives Me Crazy*
(2022) (Ripples and Reflections X Big Eyed Girl) 7, 27, Sev/Dor, EM, RE, 2 branches, 12 buds, fertile both ways.
Ruffled lavender cream with a big purple eyezone that goes into a crazy good pattern in favorable weather.
I have several wonderful keepers from this cross, all somewhat different in personality, but this one
shows the most jazz in the eyezone. $100 double
(2022) (Finish the Race X Eenie Meenie Jellybeany) 6.5-7.5, 31-33, Sev, ML, RE, 4 branches, 20 buds, fertile both
ways. Cream of broad form with lavender eye and edge and crispate petal tips. Hardy performance from Karol
Emmerich's Finish the Race and a "Southern Belle" look from Nicole DeVito's Eenie Meenie Jellybeany. Great plant
stature and amazing as a clump. Pronounced teh-SOO-key and named for a village and pueblo just north of
Santa Fe, New Mexico. $100 double
The Library at Daylily Lay
From time to time I write about daylilies or daylily people.
The Library at Daylily Lay is a download area for PDF files of the pieces
I have saved.
Page updated January 1, 2022