Sidford sunflower shoots up

PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 September 2008 | UPDATED: 11:12 17 June 2010

WITH the help of her grandchildren a Sidmouth woman has grown a sunflower up to a whopping 12 8 . June Waters, 74, of Sidford High Street and her grandchildren Harry, eight and Fin, six, both from Bristol, planted the seed in a plant pot in April and tran

WITH the help of her grandchildren a Sidmouth woman has grown a sunflower up to a whopping 12'8".

June Waters, 74, of Sidford High Street and her grandchildren Harry, eight and Fin, six, both from Bristol, planted the seed in a plant pot in April and transferred the plant into her garden in June.

She said: "I haven't grown any sunflowers for three or four years.

"I was shopping one day and saw the sunflower seed packet which said they were for kids so I thought it would be nice to get my grandchildren involved.

"I planted five sunflowers in total but this one just shot up-it's the highest one I have ever grown.

"I don't know why this one has grown so much more than the others-I haven't even fed it and it's pretty close to the others."

The sunflower has caused quite a stir around Sidford as passers-by often stop to comment on it.

Mrs Waters added: "People walking past can't believe how big it is. They usually ask me if I can touch the top."

Mrs Water's grandchildren have visited Sidmouth twice since they planted the sunflower and have got a shock each time they have visited.

"They are quite amazed to see such a big plant." Mrs Waters added.


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