Growing the tallest sunflower is an art that takes a lot of hard work, but all that care and attention is worth it when these giants tower over our gardens. This year we received some amazing entries and pictures of some very tall sunflowers.
Whilst we didn’t quite reach the dizzying heights of the world record, which stands at an incredible 9.17 metres, we did receive a very high standard of entries that grew to some very respectable heights. A big thank you to everyone that entered and made this year’s competition a success.
This year’s tallest sunflower, grown by Valerie Briggs in Dorset, grew to a neck aching 4.60 metres. The competition was very close and there wasn’t much to separate the entries. Ultimately it was Valerie’s sky-piercing sunflower that stood tallest to win her the height of her sunflower in £1 coins, totalling a cool £1,417!
Scroll through the gallery below to see all of this year’s entries.
Carrie-Ann’s sunflower measured 2.95 metres.
Sandra’s sunflower came in at 2.85 metres.
Last years winner, Mikes sunflower measured an impressive 3.35 metres but unfortunately wasn’t tall enough to retain the title.
A huge sunflower head!
Jude’s sunflowwer measured 3.25 metres.
A great effort from Geoff whose towering specimen narrowly missed out on being the tallest measuring 4.40 metres.
Standing proud, Diane sunflower measured 2.75 metres.
3 in a row, Geoffrey’s tallest measured 3.30 metres
Derek’s sunflower measured 3.90 metres.
The tallest of Connor’s sunflowers measured 2.70 metres.
Hiding amongst the sunflowers.
This years winner, grown by Valerie, measured an impressive 4.60 metres
If you grow sunflowers and want to try your hand at growing the tallest, look out for next years competition.