Patience pays off for sunflower champion
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.
Winner of the tallest sunflower on show, Wylie Hume shows off his impressive sunflower plant.
Organiser Nicol Hume and horticultural society chairman John Sillars judged the competition.
Organiser Nicol Hume scales a ladder to measure the sunflower entries.
Jim Green narrowly missed taking the tallest plant prize with his 130 inch tall sunflower plant.