Still time to send in sunflowers

Matthew Hedley with his sunflower grown at his in his Grandad and Grandma's garden at King Street Seahouses.. It is 11ft  8inches tall.
Matthew Hedley with his sunflower grown at his in his Grandad and Grandma's garden at King Street Seahouses.. It is 11ft 8inches tall.

Four more youngsters have entered their sunflowers in a bid to be crowned the Gazette’s champion grower.

The blooms have been planted in various gardens and allotments around north Northumberland as part of our Sunflower Challenge.

Olivia Robertson with her sunflower grown at her garden in The Gables, Widdrington.

Olivia Robertson with her sunflower grown at her garden in The Gables, Widdrington.

The deadline for entries has now been extended until 5pm on Monday for anyone else who thinks their monster plant is the biggest and best.

This week, we have seen a 10-foot bloom from Jayden Grieve and Riley Whightman at Park View in Alnwick, while Matthew Saunders also grew a 10-foot sunflower in his granddad’s garden in Glover’s Green in the town.

In Widdrington, Olivia Robertson has grown a 12-foot whopper at her home in the Gables.

Matthew Hedley’s bloom has reached the dizzying heights of 11ft 8in at his grandma and granddad’s garden in King Street, Seahouses.

Matthew Saunders of Fairfields, Alnwick and his sunflowers that he grew at his granddad's my garden at Glovers Green, Alnwick. 'The tallest is around 10 feet in height.

Matthew Saunders of Fairfields, Alnwick and his sunflowers that he grew at his granddad's my garden at Glovers Green, Alnwick. 'The tallest is around 10 feet in height.

The youngsters are now all in the running to take the Gazette’s Sunflower Champion crown.

Once the competition ends next week, judges will go out and measure all the entires to find out who has grown the biggest bloom.

The winners will be announced at a special prize-giving ceremony at Alnwick Garden later this month.

Prizes have kindly been provided by Alnwick in Bloom, which also donated sunflower seeds for the competition.

Jayden Grieve, age four, (right) and Riley Whightman, three, with their 10ft sunflower at Park View,  Alnwick.

Jayden Grieve, age four, (right) and Riley Whightman, three, with their 10ft sunflower at Park View, Alnwick.

The top-three growers will each receive a voucher for WHSmith and there will also be prizes for runner-ups.

To be in with a chance of winning, send us a picture of you with your bloom as well as your age, address and where you grew it – and, most importantly, how tall it is.

Email helen.millichamp@jpress.co.uk by 5pm on Monday.