THE sun may have disappeared recently but these lofty sunflowers are providing a ray of colour.
One sunflower grown by green-fingered Sybil Thompson towers above her at over 9ft-tall - and we are throwing down the challenge to find someone who can do better.
Sybil’s flower recently burst into bloom after 81-year-old Sybil watched it shoot up from a seed.
The flower has won complements from a stream of admirers who see it outside her home in the Burn Valley area of Hartlepool.
Great-grandmother Sybil said: “I thought it was about 7ft, but when I measured it it was actually just over 9ft.
“I’ve got another one which isn’t far off it. Everyone admires them and my family are pleased with it. I think they look lovely.
“My great-grandson Jude who is seven especially likes looking at them.
“I grew them myself and they have taken about six weeks to get to how they are now.
“They just came out in flower all of a sudden.”
The plants have soaked up the recent sunshine in front of Sybil’s house to get taler and taller. She also has some in her more sheltered back yard that have not reached quite the same heights.
Sybil, who is mum to Janice Wright and Paul Thompson, and has two grandchildren, also featured in the Mail a few years ago for her sunflower growing success.
The former shop assistant at WHSmith planted the seeds in 2009 as part of a competition run by the Safer Hartlepool Partnership and Pride in Hartlepool to promote home security and environmental issues and was delighted her effort.
But can you beat Sybil’s sunflower? If you or your family have been able to grow one just as impressive as her why not let us know.
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