Michael Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds

Michael Bouman and Karen Berry   
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
(636) 284-7745
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 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 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.


View of the back yard 2013

The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who use it year-round.

View of the lake from left side 2013

 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.


Ordering Information

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 picture Court and Spark (Sound 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 fan
Craftsbury pictureCraftsbury ((Cast 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 fan
Early Morning Rain pictureEarly Morning Rain (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
Frank Sechs pictureFrank Sechs (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 picotee.  $100 double fan.
Naples LaTour pictureNaples LaTour (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 fan
Pillow Books picturePillow Books (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 fan.
Ring Them Bells pictureRing 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 fan
Wine Spectator pictureWine Spectator (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 fan

The Beds at Daylily Lay

I maintain 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.

Page updated November, 2016