Michael Bouman's Daylilies and Seeds
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 Berry 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 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 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, 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. Since 2004 I have served AHS as an instructor of new Garden Judges.
I enjoy giving talks to garden clubs anywhere in North America.
A one-page profile of me appeared in Missouri Gardener in the July/August issue, 2017.
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.
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.