Pa­tience pays off for sun­flower cham­pion

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Brod­ick Golf Club’s an­nual sun­flower com­pe­ti­tion reached new heights last week when the run­ner up for the last three years, Wylie Hume, took the top spot with his 135in tall spec­i­men.

The light-hearted and well-sup­ported com­pe­ti­tion in­volves par­tic­i­pants all plant­ing their sun­flower seeds be­fore a pre-de­ter­mined judge­ment day when Ar­ran Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety chair­man John Sil­lars vis­its and se­lects the win­ners.

Com­pet­ing in two cat­e­gories, en­tries are judged for best in show, tallest in show and a booby prize is awarded for the en­trant whose en­deav­ours have com­plete- ly failed. The win­ner of last year’s com­pe­ti­tion and veteran of the event, Bill McNi­col, was un­able to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion af­ter his sun­flower plant ex­pe­ri­enced a cat­a­strophic fail­ure.

Re­ceiv­ing the booby prize for her en­try, Su­san Butchard was the re­cip­i­ent of the good na­tured but du­bi­ous hon­our for her plant which con­trasted strongly with other con­tenders and the even­tual win­ners.

At 135in Wylie Hume’s sun­flower tow­ered above the club’s rooftop leav­ing cousin and event or­gan­iser Ni­col Hume hav­ing to scale a lad­der to mea­sure the win­ning spec­i­men.

In the run­ner-up po­si­tion Jim Green be­came the new chal­lenger with a spec­i­men mea­sur­ing just above 130in tall.

Judge John Sil­lars de­clared Heather Rae­side’s sun­flower as the best in show based on its size, vi­tal­ity, looks and girth of the stalk. The Pop­plewell fam­ily were run­ners-up. Com­ment­ing on the num­ber of en­tries John said: ‘It’s an­other good en­try this year with lots of re­ally strong ex­am­ples mak­ing the de­ci­sion very dif­fi­cult.’

Af­ter judg­ing, the win­ning en­trants were awarded prizes with new cham­pion Wylie Hume re­ceiv­ing the Sun­flower Plate and a bot­tle of 10-year-old whisky.

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Win­ner of the tallest sun­flower on show, Wylie Hume shows off his im­pres­sive sun­flower plant.

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Or­gan­iser Ni­col Hume and hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety chair­man John Sil­lars judged the com­pe­ti­tion.

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Or­gan­iser Ni­col Hume scales a lad­der to mea­sure the sun­flower en­tries.

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Jim Green nar­rowly missed tak­ing the tallest plant prize with his 130 inch tall sun­flower plant.

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