This time last year, we launched our inaugural Great Sunflower Race, pitting our horticultural skills against family, friends, neighbours – and you. We painted our pots, googled top tips, and Harry and I then watched in glee as our seeds germinated seemingly overnight, sending out perky shoots and promising great things. We tut-tutted over my husband’s barren soil - his seedling eventually grew about a foot before peaking and retiring – whilst watching our stems shoot heavenward.
…They were eaten as an appetiser by a passing deer the following week.
But there’s something about the British spirit of perseverance against all odds; a relentless optimism combined with a constitutional patience that causes us to quietly join queues and wait in line even if we have no idea what we are waiting for. Some argue that it is this spirit which has won wars; it’s certainly the same dogged optimism that compels us to try again this year – and with such passion and fervour!
Once more Harry and I have had a fun time packaging up seeds into tiny envelopes to give away to old friends and new, so that the race can begin in earnest;
And once again we’d love you to join us, if you have a patch of soil or even just a doorstep – the beauty of sunflowers is that they need very little space. Choose your seeds, fill a pot and throw your virtual hat into the ring via the comments below, and we’ll have regular progress checks on sunflower growth spurts around the world. Let the great sunflower race begin!