Just 3 days left to enter the Thompson & Morgan tallest sunflower competition!
With just three days left, photo entries are coming in thick and fast from gardeners hoping to grab a grand simply for growing one of the easiest and most loved garden flowers.
Thompson & Morgan would love to see a record-breaking sunflower entered into the competition, but promises to pay out the massive sum, whether the winner sets a new standard or not!
To give gardeners the longest season to produce a winner, the competition is open until the end of Friday 23rd October. Any plant photographed and entered into the competition must be kept in situ where they are grown in order for winning entries to be verified – even if the plant has dried out and died. Finalists will be notified and a member of Thompson & Morgan staff will visit to measure and authenticate the entries.
The mail order horticultural specialist expects good uptake, having sold 15,899 packets of sunflower seed in 2015 across 30 varieties. Further widening scope, the winning entry doesn’t even have to be grown from a Thompson & Morgan seed. Any variety from any supplier can be entered, but the seed expert expects to see its latest introduction, ‘Tall Timbers’ F1, feature among the finalists. This hybrid form of ‘Russian Giant’ offers improved vigour and more chance of growing a record breaker than its parent line, reaching 4m (13ft) with no special care. ‘Russian Giant’ and the seed firm’s other towering specimen, ‘Mongolian Giant’ are also expected to make an appearance among the final shortlist.
Can anyone beat the 11ft 2in ‘Russian Giant’ sent in by Malcolm Bacon of Colchester, Essex?
To qualify, photo entries must include the whole plant from soil level to the top of the flower and you must pose alongside your plant to give an idea of scale – you’ll need to state your height and the height of your plant when submitting your entry. Visit www.thompson-morgan.com/competitions for full terms and conditions.
Depending on location of the finalists, Thompson & Morgan expects to have a winner announced by 15th November, with the cash prize awarded in time to make Christmas really special for one lucky winner and their family.
Since the first seed catalogue was published in 1855, Thompson & Morgan has grown to become one of the UK’s largest Mail Order Seed and Plant companies. Through the publication of our catalogues and the operation of our award-winning website, Thompson & Morgan is able to provide home gardeners with the very best quality products money can buy.
My sunflower stands at 9 foot 3 inches.
My latest sun flower know stands at 9 foot 3 inches, and hopefully still growing.
Mine are about 12ft now. But there is 4 of them .
Ours is almost 4 meters
No special care at all
We are in west London
4m! That’s a whopper. Well done.
I have 4 sunflowers and 2 of them are 10ft and still growing
John Riley,southend on sea,
My sunflower now stands at 8 foot 3 inches,
I am residing in Southend on sea, my sunflower at the moment stands at 7 foot 2 inches,
That’s an impressive height John, and there’s still plenty of growing time left this season!
Am in Southport my sunflowers are 8ft now and still growing
I have 3 that are still growing and there are bigger than me and am 6 ft. I live in Southport Merseyside
Wow, that’s impressive! Glad they’re growing so well!
My name is Malcolm Taylor of Sileby,Leics.LE12 7QJ and is still growing blown down twice in the recent winds but is still growing well