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Sheldon gardener shows off colossal 15ft sunflower

Shaun Reynolds 23rd Sep, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

GROWING the tallest Sunflower may be deemed as an old past-time by many, but for a Sheldon resident his crop is reaching for the skies and nearing 15ft in height.

Ken Shevill, who only took up gardening a year ago, has exceeded all expectations by producing a stunning crop of Sunflowers that towers over Jilcott Road Allotments.

With gardening and growing your own produce increasing in popularity, Ken was keen to get his grandchildren involved and planted one seed for each of his little helpers.

Ken said: “It’s great that the grandkids want to get involved, unfortunately they live at a distance so I re-planted the flowers and one has grown in excess of 14ft.

“I used to grow plants as a child as a way of leisure but only the last year have I brought my own allotment and started growing my own produce.

“The community at Jillcot Road Allotments is fantastic, they won several prizes at the Solihull in Bloom awards which I myself won best newcomer.”

The average sunflower grows to roughly 8ft, so it came as a great surprise to Ken that his pride and joy carried on reaching high.

He added: “Gardening, if you’ll excuse the pun, is growing all the time.

“More people are interested in growing their own produce and it’s great to see the allotment community continuing to grow.”

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