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Simon's Blog - The Long And Short Of It

Roseanna in Woodingdean with an impressive ten foot tall sunflower she calls Lofty Photo: Keith Boyce

Whilst I'm still seeing photos of some very huge ones, a lot of small but perfectly formed ones have also been turning up in my meridianweather@itv.com inbox too and there appears to be fierce competition about who has grown both the tallest and the smallest sunflowers in the region.

So let's start with the big ones.

Phil and Wendy Knight in Banbury, together with grandson Alfie Nicholls have grown this beauty which has just smashed through the 11 foot barrier.

And this is Lyndsay Dobson’s son Toby in Chandler’s Ford with the sunflower he grew from a seed he brought home from school.

Here are the ones Adeola Olasunde in Bracknell sent in...

...being modelled by Adeola's daughter lfeoluwa.

And finally for the big ones and this is Dan Dunbar and his brother Nathan and they’re claiming the biggest sunflowers in East Sussex, at 14 foot and with over 20 heads yet to come in their garden in Polegate.

Meanwhile in the small category...

...Emma Richardson in Bexhill-on-Sea has grown one that’s just 17 and a half cm, or 7 inches if you’d prefer.

Tylden and Stephanie Reed in Charing Hill have got a self sewn from wild birdseed sunflower that’s only 15 cm or 6 inches.

Andrew Dann, Kerry & daughter Caitlin in Maidstone have one that’s the size of a watering can!

Janet Kemp in Canterbury has a very dinky one. We're not quite sure how short it actually is but the yellow plants in the background are marigolds and the biggest is about a foot.

But it's not just small sunflowers, as Janis de Preux in Whitstable thought we might like to see what she reckons are the smallest home grown tomatoes in Kent.

She calls them fairy tomatoes and at 5 mm’s are much smaller than a 5p.

Or is that all we have to pay for them?