Michael and Kathy Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds
About Daylily Lay
Daylily Lay is the name of our 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, Kathy and I moved to a new place 20 miles west of St. Louis. We are on a sunny lot of an acre and a half, and 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. Now in 2013 the gardens are in their third season and things are so lush that we have to thin out the beds.
The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who use it year-round.
We grow about 1,000 hybrid daylilies. Early on summer mornings, we're 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. We do not operate a nursery here, and there are no direct sales. Visitors are welcome during bloom season. Mornings are the best time for seeing the gardens. Please call ahead.
Kathy and I are both Garden Judges. 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, and Kathy serves as President of the Greater St. Louis Daylily Society. I also serve on the AHS Ombudsman Committee and am the recipient of the 2012 AHS National Service Award for Region 11. 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, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
Each year in November I sell my surplus seeds on The Lily Auction. I list all the seeds at once and try to move them all in a single two-week period. Thanks to all my previous customers, and good luck with "our babies." Send me pictures of the ones you keep!
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.
2013 New Hybrids
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.