Michael Bouman's Daylilies

Michael Bouman
624 Hidden Lake Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376
(314) 578-2716
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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. 

 

View of the back yard 2017

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 2017

 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.

View from the Right Side 2017

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. 

Ordering Information

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. 

2022 Introductions

Down on the Midway picture 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 double fan.
House of Mirrors picture 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 picture 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
Orangeberry Memories picture Orangeberry Memories* (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 fan
Preserved Apricot picture Preserved Apricot* (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 fan
Rain in Shambala picture 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 fan
Runaround Haley picture Runaround Haley* (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 fan
Wrapped in Royalty picture 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 fan

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