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 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.


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 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.


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. 

2015 New Hybrids

Image of Keb's Favorite daylilyKeb's Favorite (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 fan
Image of Broken Hearted Melody daylily Broken Hearted Melody (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 fan
Image of O Comforter Draw NearO Comforter Draw Near (This 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 fan
Heart AppearHeart Appear (Cosmic 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 fan
Twilight IncenseTwilight Incense (Centrifugal 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 fan
Herds of Black PianosHerds of Black Pianos (Abbey 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 fan
Ride a WeathervaneRide A Weathervane (Clouds 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 fan
Virginia CityVirginia City (Bridgeton 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 fan.
Firefly Cove daylilyFirefly Cove (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.
Piano Grenadine daylilyPiano Grenadine (Longlesson 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 fan
Smitten With You daylilySmitten With You (Momentum 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 fan.
Sleepy Marys daylilySleepy Marys (Sleepy Hollow X Mary's Baby)  Tetraploid, Dark reddish purple of bottomless color, white picotee  5, 42, Sev, ML, 6 br, 29 buds, fertile both ways.   $100 double fan.

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.

Page updated June 22, 2015