Michael Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds
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.
In September 2010, my late wife, Kathy, and I moved to a new place 20 miles west of St. Louis. We created gardens on a sunny lot of an acre and a half. There's a small lake in back, and there are many ducks and geese there, and one heron.
We drew up landscape plans as soon as we moved in. We spent four years developing the landscaping and gardens and then in mid-August of 2014, Kathy died from a cancer of the neck. Her presence is felt in this house and this landscape and this heart. A heart is a roomy place. It nurtures loves who have passed on and welcomes new love as well. I married Karen Berry, an avid gardener, bird-watcher, and concert-goer in June this year.
The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who use it year-round.
Karen and I grow 1,100 hybrid daylilies and hope to subtract 150 a year over the next five years. 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. I'm also out with my camera. Here's a photo montage of the daylilies I've registered.
I register my best hybrids with the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS). Plants are available only by mail, via internet sales, or through my donations to garden clubs. I do not operate a nursery here, 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 am an AHS Judge of the national awards for overall plant performance, a "garden judge" in AHS parlance. Since 2004 I have served AHS as an instructor of new Garden Judges. A few years ago while serving on the AHS Judges Education Committee, I worked with several others to upgrade the training materials.
Currently I serve serve as President of AHS Region 11, a three-state association of local daylily clubs in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma. I enjoy giving talks to garden clubs anywhere in North America. Recently I have spoken at the Cam-Am Classic in Toronto, at the New England Daylily Society, and at local clubs in southern Indiana, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Please contact me before sending an order, as supplies are limited. I ship USPS Priority Mail. Postage cost is $10 plus $1 for each additional plant.
The Beds at Daylily Lay
I maintain photos of most seedlings that are currently under evaluation, plus a page of images from my collection. Daylily enthusiasts are welcome to use my pictures for educational purposes or on auction sites with photo credit to Michael Bouman.
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.