King of the sunflowers 2019

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Spring has been and gone so by now sunflower lovers should have their plants in the ground for this year's forum competition.

The rules are simple - grow the tallest sunflower you can. No prizes apart from the kudos of having the biggest sunflower and knowing your plants tower above everybody elses's

Mine went in the ground last week after having been germinatedon my window bottom. I am not expecting big things as i am using seeds from previous flower heads that did not make it to the bird feeder, photo to follow
 
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Better get ours planted :D
 
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Potted the seeds yesterday; new, and seeds from last year's largest, which probably won't turn out as big.
Also, will be trying some coloured specimens.
 
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As usual I set mine off early.This year should be different.Mrs Ponti got the seeds, she got Single Giant instead of Russian Giant seeds.
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In the week they have been in the ground they have grown considerably one is already 15"
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We are up and running.Hope the bloody things get higher then 6 foot this year! :-rofl2

We have planted a variety called Giraffe. Last year it turnd into Shortarse Giraffe........
 
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I got my seeds from Lidl and they are Gelbe Riesen variety, as you can see they have not obeyed my orders, schweinhunds!P1010390 (Medium) (Medium).JPG
 
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Planted the seeds last month now for some potting :)
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They are on the way, as usual we got too many going.I have had to knock more support poles in this year.I am just posting the six that are planted against pergola posts here.There are at least seven planted elsewhere.
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Im going to finish last again - ours are all of 8" high so far :-doh
 
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Very slow going this year due to slug attacks they have devoured several Sun Flowers & Lupins o_O

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Slugs have done for 2 of mine but the survivors are coming along nicely.
 
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Mine are not doing very well this year.Something has got at one of them.Greenfly or some thing,although it is still going up it is at about four foot now.One is about to flower at about four foot.The others scattered around the garden are not doing too well either.
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Much like my effort. Wrinkly leaves, which I don't recall happening last year - they don't seem to be taking up the water efficiently enough to fill out the foliage. I've kept them well watered during the dry spell.

First three are Russian Giants (!), the poor specimen next to the pentstemon an Evening Sun, a reddish yellow when (if) it finally blooms.

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I do not recollect having this problem before.However this year most are Single Giant variety.I normally grow Russian Giant.Going by my experience Russian Giants always do well.
 
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Just looked outside, and the Gastropods are now trying to have my Dahlia plantlings for supper, the blighters. Just removed a few snails. Those and a few others are now going to the far end of the back alley and will be the birds' breakfast tomorrow hopefully.
 
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Well the tallest of mine is 4ft but the flower is already forming so I will have to enter the dwarf competition again this year
 
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I'm down to the last 3 after the slugs and caterpillars have done their worst, they're just over 2 feet, hopefully see some action with the warmer weather.IMG_20190621_094218.jpg
 
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My best ones are currently about 2foot tall :-lmao
 
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