Michael Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds
Michael Bouman and Karen Berry
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
Photos at Flickr.com, user boumanm
Blog: Creating Interest
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
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.
a small lake in back, and there are many ducks and geese there, and one
great blue 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.
Now I have remarried. Karren Berry is an avid gardener,
bird-watcher, and concert-goer. She has enriched our gardens with
many plants that attract butterflies and birds, with a big new garden area
we named "Vineland" for her collection of honeysuckles, and with many pots
of annuals on the deck and around the front of the house.
The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who
use it year-round.
Karen and I grow 800 hybrid daylilies and hope to subtract ten
percent 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.
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.
I enjoy giving talks
to garden clubs anywhere in North America. Recently I have spoken at
the Cam-Am Classic in Toronto, and at
local clubs in Indiana, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Arkansas, 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.
2017 New Hybrids
Court and Spark
and Fury X Collier) Tetraploid,
5, 37, Dor, Mid, 4 branches, 24 buds, pollen fertile, some rebloom.
Fiery red orange with darker halo and veins above a gold to olive
green throat. Fine plant habit, health, vigor, and scape
density make this an ideal color accent in a mixed perennial garden. $75 double
Your Net x Thibodaux Tantalizer) X Point of Divergence) Tetraploid,
4.5, 30, Dor, EM, RE, 4 branches, 24 buds, fertile both ways.
Blush alabaster with a webbed purple halo and a citrus medley throat.
Purple picotee and gold wire edge around the petal tips.
The neatness of the face brought to mind a beautiful small town in
Vermont. Fine plant habit and increase. $75 double
(Cerise Masterpiece X Heartbeat of Heaven) Tetraploid,
5.5, 38, EV, Mid, 5 branches, 32 buds, pollen fertile. Medium lavender with a
cream watermark like a "pocketfull of sand" and a melodious ruffled
cream edge. Homage to the great Canadian songwriter, Gordon
Lightfoot. $75 double fan
(Intelligent Design X Clarification) Tetraploid, 5.5, 29, Dor, EM,
RE, 4 branches, 20 buds, fertile both ways. Named for the male lead
in a series of little stories I wrote for a circle of friends just before
Y2K, the daylily is not exactly a "private" eye. Clarity and
intensity of color brought this into the keeper bed. Lavender pink
with a color-seeping dark grape purple eye and a zone in the upper throat
with jags of burnt orange above a yellow to green center. Purple
$100 double fan.
(Best Kept Secret x Rose Impact) X Sassy Sally) Tetraploid
5.5, 28, Dor, EM, 3 branches, 12 buds (blooms over a month), pollen
fertile. Named for the female lead in stories I wrote for a circle
of friends just before Y2K. I've been waiting a long, long time for
the right daylily for the unique young woman, Naples LaTour. Round
baby ribbon pink bitone of heavy substance with blunt sepals of creamy
melon pink. Grooved texture emerges from a throat of melon, orange,
lemon, and bright green. Cream midribs. Distinctive narrow
fountain foliage. $100 double
(Great White X Butter Cream) Tetraploid, 7, 34,
Dor, EM, terminal Y branch, 16 buds. California King-sized
ruffled near white with exceptional garden presence when grown in a
clump or a mass. The overall reflecting surface is like a
gigantic bed with happily ruffled linens. Fertile! $100 double
Ring Them Bells
(Passing By X
(South Seas x Rose Fireglow))
Tetraploid. 5, 36, Dor, Mid, 5 branches, 35 buds, pollen
fertile. Red coral with a tangy yellow to green throat. A
fabulous garden plant from the hybridizing of my friend, Bob Benbow, and
registered with his permission. $75 double
(San Picked Me X Shaka Zulu) Tetraploid,
5.5, 47, Dor, EM, RE, 5 branches, 24 buds, easily fertile both
ways, three sets of scapes. Ruffled deep burgundy with a
lighter watermark. You won't have trouble seeing the wine
from this height! A scape factory with great scape density
in the clump. Healthy and vigorous. Enjoy now through
2099! $75 double
The Beds at Daylily Lay
I maintain a page
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.
Page updated November, 2016