Weather hits lily show entries

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 18/01/2014
John Hill
MYTCHALL BRANSGROVE/Fairfax NZ
FLOWER: Vice president of the South Canterbury Lily Society John Hill places an asiatic lily on the table in preparation of the show this weekend.

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Six months ago the South Canterbury Lily Society's 17th annual lily show was shaping to be the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

Bad weather and a late season halted those plans but organisers are still hopeful it will be New Zealand's biggest lily show. Society vice president John Hill said they won't know how many entries they will have until judging starts at 10.30am today.

Secretary Russell Bailey said by the time judging begins the tables will be "chocka" with lilies and the aroma in the hall will be amazing.

There are 29 sections in both the open and novice classes, ranging from the non-scented asiatic to oriental trumpets and hybrids. On display will be the lily black beauty, which was the original oriental trumpet. It was first bred in North America in 1939 and was seldom seen at shows.

The flowers are judged on a number of criteria, including straightness of stamens and petal layout.

Doors to the West End Hall open to public from 1pm today and 10am tomorrow.

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