The HEIGHT of the Summer 2016

Sunflower Growing Competition

The  winner announcement was made on Sunday 28th August at Shakespeare House, Purton.

Thanks to everyone that took part. We raised about ఠfor the Purton Charities (MacMillan and Purton Church)

News

Sunday 28th August 2016



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And The Winner is ...

Keith and Jan Hadley with their massive 12ft 6in sunflower!

 

The trophy was presented to Keith and Jan at Shakespeare House on Sunday 28th August.


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Second place goes to ...

John and Joy Hall of Tewksbury whose sunflower reached a spectacular 11ft 4ins.


And Third  ...

Andrew and Francis Woodhall whose sunflower put on a late growth spurt and reached 10ft 10 1/4ins.

 

Monday 15th August 2016

More measurements


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Linda and Michael's sunflowers

One of them has reached over 10ft tall but has yet to be verified by the judges. The other was a sad specimen that was nearly put in the bin. It is nearly as tall and has 6 flower heads. Linda describes it as a Sunflower Sensation!


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Andrew and Francis Woodhall's sunflowers

One of them has reached a stratospheric 10ft 7


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Sunflower sabotage at the Pritchards

A very sad end after all their difficult upbringing!


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Heather and Jim Milliner's sunflowers

This is their sunflower when it was at its best at 9ft 1in on 22nd July. Sadly it has drooped now! 

 It has been a delight to grow and Heather and Jim have enjoyed it's climb to the sun.

 


Maisie (7) and Olive's (4) Sunflower

The final height of their sunflower was a very respectable 6ft 6ins.

 

Kirsty and Greg's sunflowers

 

Kirsty's if 10ft tall and Greg's is 8ft - very impressive!

Monday 1st August 2016

The measurments are starting to come in ...


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Oliver with his sunflower

After a shaky start it now measures a magnificent 6ft 5ins.


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Sally Woolams' sunflower

A lovely picture of Sadie Sunflower who has peaked at a very impressive 7ft 3ins.
Shame about the grey sky!


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Thomas and Benjamin Colwood's sunflower

6ft 7ins and now they have had to leave it behind as they have moved house.


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Tad and Jane's sunflowers

Peaked at a respectable 7ft 10ins.


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Marg and Bill's sunflower

A lovely speciman at 6ft 11ins.


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Andrew Woodhall's sunflower

9ft 10ins and still growing!!


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Kirsty Thomas's sunflower

With growing bump and growing sunflowers!


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Maureen and Rob's sunflowers

Bad news to report,Maureen and Rob came home to find Reggie flat on the floor,They stood him back up but it's not looking good, and due to the actions of slugs, snails, the wind and possibly over feeding, Ronnie is poorly too. It looks like they will be in the great garden in the sky before the final measuring.
Better measure them now then before it's too late!!

Monday 18th July 2016


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Heather Miliner's sunflower

Though we've not had much sun - still managed to flower! 

And what lovely big leaves with no slug holes!


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Jenny Cook's sunflower 'Bonny'

Jenny had the last sunflower - the runt of the litter! But look at her now clinging to the side of the shed on Jenny's allotment.

 

Looking very glorious if a bit lacking in leaves!

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The Pritchard's sunflowers

Looking good  now despite the efforts of the 'Sunflower Eater' and the

shameful neglect by their owners recently!!

But are they standing on something??


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Livy's sunflower

Livy with her sunflower at 6ft 10ins.



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Debbie and Richard's sunflowers 'Bill and Ben'

Oh no......someone or something has decided to eat Bill's flower head!  Only Ben left now!


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Ali and Duncan's sunflowers

Sunflower strung up to the tree now to stop it from falling over in the wind!! Duncan has measured it and it is approximately 11ft tall.

And it has a flower coming out too.


Sadly Chloe from Cheltenham's sunflower was munched by slugs/snails last weekend, all thatଥft is the stalk so unlikely to come back.

Tuesday 5th July 2016


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Maureen and Rob's sunflowers

Despite the best efforts of the wind, rain, slugs replica watch and snails, Ronnie and Reggie are still surviving. A little ragged around the edges maybe but doing reasonably ok. A little bit more replica watches uk sunshine wouldn't go amiss.


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Thomas & Benjamin Colwood's sunflower

Of the 2 replica watches sunflowers they started out with, only one has survived and seems to be thriving at almost 4' 6" (136cm).
 


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Andrew Woodhall's sunflower

Apparently modesty prevents any associated measurement!


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Oliver and Maisie Scott's sunflower

Doing really well and enjoying all the rain they've been having up the hill in Hinton.

 

  Other Measurements

Marg Glover - 5' 3" (160cm) - he blew over when we had all the strong winds but is upright again and seems to be ok.

Beckie and Simon Hall
- 5' 11"

Sunday 26th June 2016


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Recovery at the Pritchards

Later the same day - an amazing recovery - what did they put in the water?

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Disaster at the Pritchards

Is it heat exhaustion or are they in desperate need of a drink?

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Harry, Jack & Lily tending to their sunflowers
(Marie & Gordon's great grandchildren) 

How cute - and they have obvioiusly developed their green fingers at a very early age!

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Joseph Woolams and Sadie Sunflower

She' s very tall with a strong stem and lovely big leaves. We can't even see any slug or snail bites!

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Tad with his sunflower

It must be well over 6ft tall.
  Ken and Stephen Holford's sunflower

Currently 12 bricks high climbing up the side wall of their extension in Cam.

Sad news from Heather Priestly ....

Alas and alack some little buggy bug crept up my sunflower and has bitten it clean in two! No photograph I'm afraid, it's all too distressing!!


Thursday 16th June 2016


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Duncan with his sunflowers

One of them seems to have been on steroids. The other has a bit of catching up to do!



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Debbie and Richard's sunflowers 'Bill and Ben'

Still doing well despite the wind and rain. One of them seems to have been invaded by a poppy.



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Heather's sunflower

4'4" tall when measured a week ago, enjoying the sunshine.




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Maureen and Rob's sunflowers 'Ronnie and Reggie'

photographed a week or so ago in their very tidy garden border. They will soon be able to look over the fence.

  Marg and Bill Glover's sunflower

79cm tall when they measured it last weekend but we don't have any photographic evidence.
RIP

Both of Jo and John Hayes' sunflowers have sadly died. They were found with broken stalks and looking very sorry for themselves a week or so after being planted out in the garden. They think a  couple of visiting squirrels could be the culprits.

Monday 6th June 2016


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Oliver with his sunflowers

Enjoying life in the sunshine. One took a short holiday in Cam before returning to the fertile soil of Purton. Will it catch up?



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Jenny's sunflower

Fighting for the sky through all the other plants!



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Callum's sunflower

She had to be planted in a pot due to restricted to space, but here she is today, about 2ft tall and looking very healthy.

We think she will need a bigger pot very soon!



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Geoff's sunflowers

A sneaky peak Geoff's sunflowers. Geoff won the competition last year and is looking like a strong contender again this year!
RIP

Both of Rebecca and Stanley Williams sunflowers have sadly died.

Tuesday 31st May 2016 


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Jane and Tad's sunflowers

Alongside their little friends the sweet peas.

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Jan and Chris's sunflowers

They seem to be racing upwards but could do with fattening up a bit!



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Debbie and Richard's sunfllowers

Bill and Ben enjoying the sunshine.  Still alive despite a few slug/snail nibbles.


RIP

Sybil, one of Sally and Joseph Woolams sunflowers has been eaten by a giant slug. Apparantly she didn't taste very nice!

RIP

Both of Mandy Keedwells have sadly died too.

Friday 20th May 2016 


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Philip and Teresa's sunflowers

The sunflower eater strikes again, but fortunately they survived .... this time!

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Ali and Duncan's sunflowers

Braving the great outdoors in their nice little garden enclosure.

Friday 13th May 2016 


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Pam and Tony's sunflowers .... allegedly!

They seem very large for this early in the competition. Something rather fishy going on here we think!

Monday 1st May 2016


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All 114 baby sunflowers have been sold. A few went to homes outside the local area and there were two early fatalities which were eaten by a dog. However there are 105 in the competition.

Hopefully they are all happy in their new homes. We look forward to receiving news and pictures for this page.

Friday 29th April 2016


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The baby sunflowers are ready and looking forward to going to their new homes.

 

 

Tips for Growing Sunflowers

 

Getting Started

Your baby sunflower has been grown in the greenhouse. It has also spent some time outside to get used to colder conditions, but it definitely won't withstand a frosty night.

 

Planting Location

Sunflowers like a sunny position and preferably not too much wind. Preventing them from falling over is one of the greatest challenges of growing them.

 

Watering

Sunflowers don଩ke drying out and they can soon start to wither. Make sure they are well watered; each watering should aim to reach its roots, rather than just touching the surface.

 

Feeding

Sunflowers enjoy a rich well fed soil. If going for height, use a nitrogen based fertiliser, switching to potash (tomato food) as the buds begin to appear.