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The Great Giant Sunflower grow-off 2015

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

My goodness me – what a bumper crop we have had this year! Thanks to everyone for sending in your pictures of your whoppers!

The competition has been tough; over 30 people have been competing for this esteemed title, and once again we saw the return of the scoundrel squirrel. But none of this affected the steely determination of our growers.

So we are proud to announce the winner of “The Great Giant Sunflower grow-off 2015”as OWEN TURNER from United by Design ( with his amazing 9ft 8 sunflower.

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Here’s what Owen had to say ….

“What a fun and insightful thing to do over the summer! Not only was it great to be a little green fingered and be inspired by such a wonderfully vibrant plant but doing the Grow Off allowed me to take time out, reflect and focus. Although competitive by nature doing the Grow Off became more about nurturing growth literally and metaphorically in life and at work! I shared the experience with friends and colleagues but more importantly enjoy the enriching experience at home with my wife and 2 young children. This, I think was the best part of the whole experience in all honesty. We shared, giggled, measured and discussed together from the initial planting to seeing the plants reach the heady heights they achieved. Fun, educational and of course satisfying – I recommend anyone to grow not just a sunflower but other plants too!’

Owen, we congratulate you on this life changing achievement and we look forward to you defending your title next year!

Think you’re up for the challenge?

Do you have what it takes?

Are you green fingered enough?

If so email us at with the message “Bring on the seed” and we will send you your seed in the spring. In the meantime, get mulching!

The Great Giant Sunflower Grow Off 2014! Winners!

Written by Michelle Mook on . Posted in Sunflower Diaries

Sunflower winners

Our congratulations must go to Angie Crossan and Karen Deigton from DE Ford who are joint winners of this years Sunflower Grow Off.

Both Angie and Karen managed to grow their sunflowers over 8ft. We asked this green fingered duo to share hints and tips of their success!

“Get dad to start them off” says Angie

“Don’t strap ‘em too tight or too much..let them blow in the wind” added Karen.

Inspiration to us all

Thank you to all of you who entered. As you know this years competition has had it darker moments, we’ll never forget squirrel gate! Not deterred though…the grow off will be back in 2015, we already have a list of competitors, so if you think you can follow in Karen and Angies footsetps, let us know

Sunflower Oct 2014