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
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
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.
2015 New Hybrids
(Omomuki X (Brazilian Emerald x Victorian Lace))
Tetraploid Tall light yellow with a chartreuse cast, excellent in a
mass planting. 5, 41, Dor, EM, 4 br, 27 buds, fertile both ways. Sensational
in a mass planting in the landscape. My late wife's hands-down
favorite of my future registrations. $50 double
(Desiree X Belle of Ashwood) Tetraploid,
Lavender rouge with caramel toothy edge and a ghostly halo above a
bright yellow to green throat. 5.5, 35, Dor, M, 5 br, 36 buds,
fertile both ways. $100 double
O Comforter Draw Near
Soul of Mine X Unknown) Tetraploid, Exquisite blushing cream self with
a scalloped edge of light yellow and a strong green throat. Great
plant habit, great foliage. 5, 27, Dor M, 5 br, 24 buds, fertile both
ways. $100 double
Odyssey X Point of Divergence) Tetraploid, Bright lavender pink
with a dark violet eye showing concentric rings of varied color down
to a citrus medley throat of burnt orange, yellow, and green.
Slightly ruffled double edge of dark violet and lavender. 4, 23, EV,
M 4 br, 21 bc, fertile both ways. $50 single
Forces X Clarification) Tetraploid Recurved creamy pink with a
sense of vibrant explosion in a purple eyezone around a burnt orange to
yellow to green throat. Purple picotee. 5, 29, Dor, M, 4 br, 23 bc,
fertile both ways. Fine plant and scape. $100 double
Herds of Black Pianos
Purple X Dakar) Tetraploid, Coal black purple with a red ring
around a yellow to green throat. Red anthers. 5, 29, EV, ML, 5-6 br,
21 bc. Branched down the scape. $100 double
Ride A Weathervane
of Glory X Bridgeton Bishop) Tetraploid, Magenta rose with a large
yellow watermark leading down to a green heart. Open form, recurved, a
soaring impression. 6.5, 34, EV, M, RE, 5-6 way, 26 buds $100 double
Finesse X Vertical Horizon) Tetraploid, Warm cream EMO outlined
purple with a vibrant feathered and notched eyezone of purple above a
band of veined burnt orange and a lemon yellow to green throat. Great
scape and plant habit. 5, 30, Dor, M, RE, 6 br, 33 bc, fertile both
ways, EMO $100 double
(Paha Sapa Thundercloud X Born to Reign) Tetraploid, Glossy dark
cranberry purple with a feathered raspberry rose halo around a yellow to
green throat. Red stamens, Ruffled petal edges with a gold wire
outline. 5, 40, Dor, ML, 5-6 branches, 22 buds, fertile both ways.
$100 double fan. SOLD OUT for 2015.
Liberty Belle X Taos) Tetraploid, Warm rose pink with a faint
lighter halo around a warm citrus medley throat. 5, 36, Dor, Mid, 5 br,
29 buds, fertile both ways. $100 double
Smitten With You
X (Sherry Lane Carr x Eager And Early)) Tetraploid, Warm orange
yellow with ruffled edges, inset white midribs, and a green throat.
6, 33, Dor, ML, 5 br, 25 buds, fertile both ways. $100 double
(Sleepy Hollow X Mary's Baby) Tetraploid, Dark reddish purple of
bottomless color, white picotee 5, 42, Sev, ML, 6 br, 29 buds, fertile
$100 double fan.
The Beds at Daylily Lay
I maintain photos
of most seedlings that are currently under evaluation, plus 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 June 22, 2015