Despite the grey clouds, thunderstorms and torrential rain, green-fingered youngsters are still aiming high in this year’s sunflower challenge.
The competition is open to anyone in north Northumberland under the age of 16, and the growers of the three biggest blooms will be given awards at the annual Alnwick in Bloom prize-giving ceremony in September.
First prize is a £25 WHSmith voucher, second prize is a £15 voucher and third prize a £10 voucher.
Once the flowers have grown to their full height, a picture of it and their growers should be taken and sent to the Gazette to be judged.
When you have your pictures ready, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to Sunflower Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1PN, incuding your name, age, address, flower height, contact details and where the bloom was grown.