☀️ Sunflower Challenge Update: And The Winner Is…??? 🌻

🌻 The first sunflower to bloom in our challenge was Steve’s ‘brobdingnagian’Steves sunflower

🌻 But Steves sunflower certainly wasn’t the tallest and didn’t reach the required 2.6m 😭

🌻 BoB, Musical joy, Liz, Audrey2, Ben turbo and Southern Palms all raced past… and all reached over 2.6m 💪🏼 

Sarahs winning sunflowers

🌻 Our good friend Dora visited and we took the chance to get a proper measurement for the sunflowers in your challenge… so that we could let you know the winner. ….which was Liz (Sponsored by Ruth Penny to encourage her friend ‘Liz’ who is going through cancer treatment at the moment). What a great result

Dora measuring sunflowers

🌻 Liz not only reached 2.6m first but grew to a stunning height of 3.35m…. closely followed by Audrey2 who reached 3.2m and BoB, who reached 3.15m

🌻 The sunflower that didn’t grow tall but had an amazing 15 sunflower heads on the one plant was ‘Weed’ sponsored by Lois.

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🌻 We even planted some last minute sunflowers in our front garden which are looking amazing now.

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🌻 Congratulations to everyone who sponsored a sunflower in the 2.6 challenge. They’ve been incredibly beautiful and have brightened up our garden this summer….even if they have created a lot of work as we’ve fought to keep them watered and stop the slugs and other bugs that seemed intent on eating them and spoiling the challenge 😀☀️🌻 🎉 

☀️ Sunflower Challenge Update: 2 meters smashed! 🌻

🌻 Today I checked the growth of your giant sunflowers…

Sarah amongst the sunflowers

🌻 Your sunflowers are reaching for the sky…

Sunflowers reaching for the sky!

🌻 Audrey 2 is leading the race…She has reached 2.13m…so far…

Sarah measuring how big the sunflowers are

☀️ BoB, Sooty, Ben Turbo and Hope are close behind…😀 

🌻 To be continued…

☀️ Sunflower Challenge Update 🌻

🌻 Planting out and naming…

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🌻 Steve enlisted to help the sunflowers grow…

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🌻 Growing bigger…

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🌻 BOB and Audrey 2 are leading the race…so far…

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🌻 Photo from today…sunflowers making headway…

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🌻 To be continued…

☀️ Into the great outdoors 🌻

It’s time for your baby sunflowers to be released into the sunshine.

A row of plant pots with the sunflowers seedlings growing out with little leaves

 The night frosts have ended and today we planted your sunflowers 🌻 into the garden so that they can get used to their new home in the sun and have more space to stretch down their roots to grow tall and strong.

A sea grass shed and 26 sunflowers now planted in the gardern with a wire fence around to protect them and some plastic bottle over a few of them

 The space was cleared and dug carefully and netting has been put up to protect them from any rebellious creatures ….and they’ve had their second dose of miracle grow.

26 sunflowers now planted in the gardern with a wire fence around to protect them and some plastic bottle over a few of them

I am waiting to make sure they all survive in the outdoors before naming them ……so next weekend the naming will commence.

A zoomed out shot of A sea grass shed and 26 sunflowers now planted in the gardern with a wire fence around to protect them and some plastic bottle over a few of them with a rounded lawn and windy path made from little square stones

 Thought you might like to see how happy they all are

🌻 To be continued…..

☀️ A huge thanks to our latest sunflower sponsors 🌻

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🌻 As the sunflowers finally start to show their leaves it’s so great to have more of them named – We’ve now gained ‘Rosa’ (named after my lovely late gran) and ‘Weed’ from the Bill and Ben fan club. And frighteningly Audrey2 (from Little Shop of Horrors) has now joined the challenge …. we are just hoping she doesn’t demand our blood to help her reach the 2.6 metres first. ☹️

🌻 There are only three unnamed sunflowers left now…

So you’ll need to join us quick if you don’t want to get left behind in this race. Donate now to give one of these last three a name and reason to lift up their leaves to the sky. 🌻

☀️ A wonderful surprise 🌻

A sunflower congratulations for your 2.6 challenge card amongst lots of plant pots which have sunflower seeds in

☀️ Received a wonderful surprise this morning when I opened the post to find this very beautiful handmade card from Meryl & Richard. Thanks so much for this wonderful encouragement in my 2.6 sunflower challenge. 🌻 

Also just given my new baby sunflowers their first dose of ‘Miracle Gro’ – Thanks to advice given by those who have more experience in growing beautiful flowers than me – To give all the seedlings the best chance to reach 2.6 metres….. and beyond.

🌻 There are only six unnamed sunflowers left…

🌻Don’t let those that haven’t been sponsored yet get left behind in this race. Donate now to give them a name and reason to lift up their leaves to the sky. 🌻

☀️ A huge thanks to yesterdays sunflower sponsor 🌻

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☀️ It’s so lovely that you named your sunflower 🌴 Southern Palms 🌴 as it’s our favourite holiday destination in 🇧🇧 Barbados 🇧🇧 too…. Can’t wait to see how tall this sunflower grows as it reaches for the sun and I’m adding a pink name tag to this one to celebrate its namesake – the wonderful Southern Palms Hotel.🌴

🌻 Don’t let the lonely sunflowers that haven’t been sponsored yet get left behind in this race, donate now to give them a name and reason to lift up their leaves to the sky. 🌻

☀️ Thanks once again for all of your continued encouragement, generosity and support 🌻

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🌻 I’m happy to say another 5 sunflowers were sponsored and named yesterday! 🌻 

Don’t let the lonely sunflowers that haven’t been sponsored yet get left behind in this race, donate now to give them a name and reason to lift up their leaves to the sky. 🌻 

☀️ Another 4 sunflowers were sponsored and named today 🌻

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🌻 We are happy to say another 4 sunflowers were sponsored and named today. We’ve now got some great names and are waiting with bated breath for the seeds to sprout  …only 13 left to be chosen… If you’d like to join the race and have your sunflower reach 2.6 metres first in this challenge please think of a name and make a donation to support this great cancer charity…. Let the growing begin 🌻

☀️ A gargantuan amount of thanks 🌻

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🌻 Yesterday I received 4 more donations, so I’d just like to give a gargantuan amount of thanks to you all. 😀

It’s been a challenging experience so far and I’ve only just planted the seeds. 🌻 I can’t believe the response of support, love and encouragement from all of you and its so nice to see that some of you have used the sunflowers to to grow a happy memory of those you’ve loved and lost.  Thanks again for all your overwhelming encouragement towards my challenge and towards powering up against Cancer. Every £ helps! 🌻

If you’d like to be part of my challenge and have your own sunflower, please visit my JustGiving page and let me know what name you want to give your sunflower in the message box, along with the donation you’d like to make. 🌻

☀️ Frequent updates as your sunflowers start to grow 🌻

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Hi, I’ll be posting frequent updates as the sunflowers start to grow…
Please keep following my blog (or my new Facebook page) if you want to see how these seeds of hope reach for the sky and transform into golden rayed flowers full of seeds that can be eaten or planted again.🌻

☀️ My 2.6 Sunflower Challenge! 🌻 Let The Growing Commence! 🌻

Whether you want to name a sunflower to remember someone you’ve lost or to celebrate life in the sunshine I know these seeds of hope will make you happy as they reach for the sky….

Click here to name your own sunflower, read my story and donate to a good cause.

Together we can grow giant sunflowers! 🌻

☀️ The 2.6 Sunflower Challenge! 🌻 The Day Before The Beginning 🌻

lots of assorted pots ready for sunflower seeds with a bench and a ratan table
 

Pots ready and waiting for the big day tomorrow when I will plant our seeds and wait for 26 sunflowers to start sprouting ready for their challenge ahead.

Let the planting commence…….🌻

☀️ My 2.6 Sunflower Challenge! 🌻

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🌻 The 2.6 Sunflower challenge 🌻

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As there is no London marathon this year in the UK due to the COVID19 lockdown many charities across the UK have decided to hold the 2.6 challenge to raise much needed funds.

The challenge celebrates the 26 miles that would have been covered by runners in the London marathon on the 26th April this year and I’ve decided to participate to support the amazing work of World Cancer Research Fund by planting 26 sunflower seeds. I’m hoping to grow 26 giant sunflowers to a staggering height of 2.6 metres each…. I will actually be happy if I manage to grow one over 2.6 feet with my unpredictable gardening skills… so this really is a challenge for me.

I will donate £26 to start the event (£1 per sunflower) and ask if you would like to join me by sponsoring a sunflower for yourself and naming it – I will add a label with your chosen name to your sunflower and will give weekly video updates so you can see just how quickly your sunflower is growing.

The first one to reach 2.6 metres will get a special prize… and remember all your kind donations will be going to support World Cancer Research Fund, who fund cancer prevention research to help more people live cancer free lives.

If you’d like to be part of my challenge and have your own sunflower, please click or scan the QR code below and let me know what name you want to give your sunflower in the message box, along with the donation you’d like to make 

Together we can grow cancer prevention awareness….. and sunflowers! 🌻

Just open up the camera on your smart phone and point it at this screen and it’ll take you directly to the page. Otherwise you can just click the code and it will take you to Sarahs fundraising page</p></p></p></p></p></p></p>

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Just open up the camera on your smart phone and point it at the QR code and it’ll take you directly to my fundraising page. Alternatively just click the QR code and it will link through too.

Please give me the incentive to look after the sunflowers properly by sponsoring and naming them….let the growing begin 🌻