Michael Bouman's Daylilies
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
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. My wife Karen helps with the daylilies and manages extensive
plantings of many other things to attract birds, butterflies, and bees.
The primary joy of this property is the small lake and the waterfowl who
use it year-round.
Karen and I grow 800 varieties of daylilies and have realized
we grow hundreds too many! 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.
My seedling starter beds are in the forground in ten strips going down the
slope to the lake. After three seasons the "keepers" from each crop of
2000 are moved to another bed and the rest are removed to make room for
another crop. There are always about 6000 seedlings on the slope.
I register my best hybrids with the American Daylily Society (ADS).
Plants are available only by mail via internet sales or through my donations
to garden clubs. I do not operate a nursery, 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 enjoy giving talks to garden clubs anywhere in North America.
Please contact me before sending an order, as supplies are limited. I
ship USPS Priority Mail. Postage cost is $10 plus $3 for each additional plant.
Down on the Midway*
(2023) (Hearts That Care X Rock Me Baby)
5, 28, Sev, EM, 4 branches, 20 buds, fertile both ways. Bright clear red with a pink watermark and a
ruffled white edge above a green throat. A clump looks like a party! $100
House of Mirrors*
(2023) (Camshaft X (Desire of Nations x Tet. Paw Print)) 5.5, 25, Sev, M, 5 branches, 24 buds, fertile.
Glassy ruffled lavender with a mirror watermark above a yellow
to green throat. From seeds created by my friend, Dan Robarts. $100 double fan
Ms Mo's Black Star*
(2023) (Bible Grove X Black Panther)
7.25, 34, Sev, E, 4 branches, 20 buds, fertile. Satin black red above a green throat. A commanding presence
in the early season. Hefty, vigorous plants. Named for a hefty, vigorous Doberman. $100 double fan
(2023) (Becca's Song X Jennings) 5, 30, Sev, M, 3 branches, 14 buds, fertile both ways. Light orange with a unique echoing eye pattern in which two
bands of red orange enclose a wide band of gold. Gold to green throat. From seeds created by my friend, Paul Aucoin. $100 double
(Whatley-Bouman 2023) ((Seedling x Tet. Super Purple) X Solar Music)
7, 28, Dor, L, 3 branches, 12 buds, fertile both ways. Orange apricot blend with exceptionally lively
color on an outstanding, robust plant. Sibling of Whatley's Deliberate Pace. $75 double
Rain in Shambala*
(2023) (City Center X Stone Palace Magic)
6, 38, Sev, M, 4 wide branches, 19 buds, fertile both ways. Exceptionally clear lavender cream with a light
blue eye. A tribute to the breeding value of a cream base, namely Morning Mood by the late Van Sellers. $100 double
(2023) (Cancun Candy X Ardor Glowing) 5, 33, Sev, EM, RE, 3 branches, 21 buds, fertile both ways. Ruffled and recurved bright coral rose with a
lighter watermark and a medley of citrus colors in the throat. Runaround Haley is the parent of a seedling
I have nicknamed "best scape." $100 double
Wrapped In Royalty*
(2023) (Blue Goblin X Big Eyed Girl) 5.5, 34, Dor, EM, RE, 4 branches, 24 buds, fertile both ways. Luminous clear lavender with an oversize
blue eye, the color clarity inherited from Big Eyed Girl. This plant always impressed me in my keeper bed.
Plant stature, color interest, vigor. Established well after lining out, which is an absolute must. $100 double
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 September 15, 2022