Dad Grows 20ft Sunflower After Four-Year-Old Son Asks For One 'As Tall As The House'
A young boy who asked his dad for a sunflower 'as big as the house' was left shocked and amazed when his green-fingered father made that dream a reality.
His dad Douglas planted the seed back in March when the lockdown began, after purchasing it from a man called John Butler, who grew North America's tallest sunflower at 26-feet and eight inches.
Douglas said: "I am glad that it's topped out a bit now. I think it's probably got maybe another inch or two left in it to grow, but it's pretty much done."
Well, it's already massive. The pictures show young Stellan standing next to his dad's handiwork and being dwarfed by the sheer scale of the thing.
They've even had to build a full scaffold around it to keep it up. What must the neighbours think?
Explaining his sunflower's impressive stature, Douglas said: "A big part of it is to do with the genetics.
"I'm not sure specifically what variety of sunflower this is, but it's a bit like a thoroughbred horse - it came from a good start in life.
"But the flower will also reward any TLC you are able to give it. I go out to feed and water it a couple of times a day.
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"I'm up the ladder at 7.30am most mornings - which certainly wakes me up."
Most importantly, the sunflower has proved a hit with little Stellan. Douglas said: "Earlier this year he said he wanted a sunflower as tall as the house. I don't think people at his nursery believe him when he tells them he actually has one."
The current UK record is held by Richard Hope, who managed to grow a sunflower that was 26 feet tall. That's not far off the biggest recorded of all time.
Grown outside his house in Wigan, Hope credited Grow Organic manure for the success of his plant back in 2012.
He also held the records at the time for world's largest swede, heaviest leek and longest parsnip.
It sounds like one hell of a soup, that's for sure.
While Douglas didn't eventually go on to break the record, it's still a damn good effort. It doesn't look like Stellan and his dad will be getting anywhere near the biggest of all, but it's still remarkable, and must be great fun to have in the back garden.
Maybe when Stellan grows up he'll be able to take on the top of the table. We'd need to have a decent summer before that happens, though. With the British weather as it is, that's not massively likely.
Featured Image Credit: SWNS