The Wellingborough and District u3a Zoom Gardening Group Sunflower Competition… a tale of Murder and Mayhem!
It was back in March 2021 that the Zoom Gardening Group decided to hold a sunflower growing competition to while away the long hours of lockdown. I don’t think any of us realised what entertainment it would provide…or the murderous tendencies it would reveal in one of our members!
It all started well enough with photos of seed packets and newly germinating seeds shared on our WhatsApp group. To our horror however, one of our members ruthlessly discarded those of his seedlings which were not performing to his expectations. The more soft hearted amongst us carefully nurtured our baby seedlings, talking to them and reassuring them they would not be cold heartedly pulled up by the roots and thrown away.
As the year went on, more and more photos appeared on our WhatsApp and things began to get a little competitive. Rulers were replaced by tape measures as our baby seedlings grew into lanky adolescent sunflower plants… sulky ones in my case!
Then to great excitement, buds began to appear, and the race was on to see who would have the first open sunflower. I was ready to give up at this point as my weedy little specimens refused to perk up, however kindly I spoke to them.
In the last few weeks, things have really been hotting up and photos of frankly unbelievable sunflowers began to appear. I am sorry to say there was even talk of ‘nobbling’ some of our members most robust specimens, luckily, I think common sense and decency prevailed.
Our Group Leader has declared 31st August as the date on which final measurements will be taken, although with the diversity of our lovely plants we may add categories such as ‘Most Flowerheads’ , ‘Darkest Flower’, ‘Survival Against the Odds’ and the category my sunflowers are likely to win ‘Weediest Sunflowers’!
Seriously, we have had lot of fun and later I hope to bring you news of our winners…and you may like to guess the identity of the sunflower murderer within our midst!