Naughty is the tallest flower of 2020, measuring in at a whopping 295cm. Carmma was determined to be the prettiest flower of the contest.
Naughty was so tall the judges had difficulty reaching the top to take the measurement.
Measurements and judges comments for all competitors are below:
|Sunflower||Height in cms||Judges comments|
|Naughty||295||Championi, championi, ole, ole, ole|
|Sprilbey||247||Wished it lived next door|
|Baby G||237||G for gorgeous|
|Bears||224||Late for the yellow BBQ|
|Team USA||210||Looks like Mr Tickle|
|Flower||210||Didn’t stick to its own lane|
|Wooper||172||Looks like it’s praying|
|Fozzy||164||Late for the party|
|Buddha||161||Late for the party|
|Knoxley||130||Knoxley sized head|
|Helomi||127||Late for the party|
|Bull-Knox||110||Proof the competition is not fixed|
So that concludes the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020. Congratulations to the winners. And to the losers, there is always next year!
More sunflowers have shown their yellow faces in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020.
Bull-Knox and Wooper were first to bloom and have now been followed by Sprilbey, Shmelling Gramps, and Knoxley.
With judging day still two weeks away, the keen flowers may find they have peaked too soon.
Flowers will judged on 1st August with the tallest and the prettiest being crowned winners.
Naughty is currently the tallest. Can she hang on to the high spot?
Sunflowers, Wooper and Bull-Knox, have bloomed in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020.
Bull-Knox was the first to show its pretty face and was shortly followed by Wooper.
As pretty as these leaders are, they may have blown their chance at winning the contest. Early bloomers often stop growing, and their looks may have faded before the contest judging day where the tallest and the prettiest sunflowers are crowned.
Still, they look great now and it’s the taking part that counts.
Shmelling is the tallest so far! Will she be caught?
Four sunflowers are peeking over the side fence. Naughty, who was first to sprout, was also the first to reach fence height in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020. She was shortly followed by neighbouring competitors, Shmelling, Sprilbey and Wooper.
Positions to the right of the side fence seem to be the place to be with all flowers growing well. Helomi is still struggling height wise in the middle of the fence, although she appears to be healthy.
Four of the sunflowers along the front fence were late to the party and have some catching up to do.
All competitors are enjoying the sunshine and will be hoping for more in their quest to advance skywards.
Steclaire, Buddha, Carmma and Holts finally made it to Fort Bull-Knox on Sunday. They had initially been too weak or hadn’t sprouted and organisers feared they would all make an early exit from the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020. The troubled plants were given extra time under the special care of Moomin Papa and have all made fantastic recoveries.
Two spares had been planted at the outset and, as all the original competitors have made it into the Fort Bull-Knox garden, the spares were adopted by two keen sunflower contest fans. Welcome to the contest and good luck to Dennis and Fozzy.
All of the arrivals were planted in random order along the front fence.
Meanwhile, the plants along the side fence have been growing well, with the exception of Helomi. There’s always one!
The flowers were measured on 17th May 2020 and here are the standings.
Team USA is leading the way.
Buddha needs some encouragement.
Most of the sunflowers have been transferred to the hallowed soil of Fort Bull-Knox and were planted in random order along the fence.
The remaining four flowers, Buddha, Carmma, Holts and Steclaire, took self isolation too far and failed to show up for the contest. In the spirit of lockdown love, they have been given a second chance and will remain under the care of Moomin Papa until they decide to join the fun. They will then be planted along the front fence if or when they are ready.
So, who’s looking good so far? I hear you cry from afar.
Gramps is looking strong.
Flower and Knoxley are in good shape.
Sprilbey and Wooper are doing well.
Bears is probably the smallest of the bunch so far but baby bears often grow into big bears!
The tallest flower on judging day will be crowned the winner of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020. Those that can’t be big can still be beautiful and will be in with a chance of winning the Indie award for the prettiest sunflower.
“Hi, Nikki.” A strange, hollow-sounding voice came from somewhere behind me.
I turned and saw a young boy dressed in a blue uniform standing at the foot of my bed. I dropped the ball and fell against my dresser, knocking my kerosene lamp over. I quickly picked it up before the oil spilled out onto everything.
“W-who are you?”
He fit the description of the ghost we were looking for. Only now, I wasn’t too excited to see him. My knees were shaking.
“My name is Oggie.”
“Oggie? Jesse’s friend?”
I couldn’t think of anything real smart to say. In fact, my mouth didn’t want to work real good at all. I wanted to run away, but I stood frozen.
“I just want to talk to you.” He sat down on the edge of my bed as if to make himself at home.
“Are you a g-ghost?” I asked in a shaky voice.
“No, silly. I’m just a soldier. Don’t let this jacket fool you. I ain’t no Yankee.”
“So you’re the ghost from Battlefield Ridge?”
“I told you, I ain’t no ghost.”
“Then how’d you get in my room without anyone seeing you?”
He looked around. “I don’t know. Do you know where my regiment is?”
“No, I don’t know nothing about no regiment. I just know I’m here in my room talking to a ghost.”
“Why do you keep calling me that?” He glanced around again. “My name is Ogden Watkins, and I’d appreciate it if you’d just take me back to my regiment. I have to find where I buried that tin box.”
“What box?” I asked.
“The box I put my mother’s Bible in.”
“Whoa. You need to start from the beginning.”
“The beginning of what?” He looked confused.
“Okay, I know your name, but what happened to you? Why are you lost?”
He scratched his rough and dirty mess of brown curls. Then he stood up and inched closer to me. “I can’t remember.”
I backed toward the door. “How do you know my name?”
“I followed you from the graveyard,” he said. “I heard the other kids call you Nikki. For some reason I know you can help me, but I don’t know why or how.”
Looking at this young boy’s confused face, I was no longer afraid. His name was Ogden…Oggie for short. Even if he was a ghost, which it was apparent that he was, he was more lost than he was scary.
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Naughty was the first flower to sprout in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020.
Naughty’s appearance into the open air of Moomin Papa’s greenhouse was shortly followed by other competitors:
Flower (nee Daisy)
Wooper (nee Pears)
Now we hold our breath in suspense (and to keep out the germs) to see if the remaining flowers join the fun.
Glastonbury, Euro 2020, Wimbledon and the Olympics may be cancelled but the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2020 is on!
The aim of the game is simple: Be tall, and if you can’t be tall be pretty!
Previous contests have seen sunflowers destroyed by snails, rabbits, and strong winds. Threats of sabotage have been made. Plastic flowers have been planted in an attempt to trick the judges. And a tomato plant even joined the line up in 2019!
2020 brings an additional challenge. Will the sunflowers survive the coronavirus pandemic?
The Moomins took on the duty of planting the seeds from the safety of their garden while in self isolation.
The competitors, in alphabetical order, are listed below:
- Baby G
- Team USA
Good luck to all the competitors and keep safe all. May the odds be ever in your favour.