It's the best part of waking up.
Local daylily growers eagerly anticipate the dawning of each day to see which new lily has blossomed in their gardens.
"I can't wait to get up every morning," Betty McDonald, of Warrenton, confessed during the daylily show last Sunday at the Depot in Thomson.
Although Ms. McDonald did not have an entry in the show, she said she came to admire those on display for the competition. Vernon Johnson, the president of the Thomson Iris and Daylily Society, said there were 81 entries in Sunday's show. The top award, Best in Show, was a mini flower named "Katisue," grown by Cody Brett of Milledgeville. Mr. Johnson said most people do not realize that the flowers in shows are not judged according to their beauty, but are scored on perfection. There are many qualities of a perfect flower, with each quality receiving a certain number of points, and perfection equals 100 points.
"It can be the ugliest flower, but it will win the show as long as it's perfect," said Earnest Yearwood, who is a daylily society judge.
The Thomson Iris and Daylily Society meets at 2:30 p.m., the last Sunday of every month at the Thomson-McDuffie library. Mr. Johnson said everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 706-361-2196.