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It’s Begun! The Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019

The Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2019 has begun. The annual competition has more twists, turns, cliff hangers and deaths than Game of Thrones as competitors race to reach the sky.

This years’ sunflowers, in no particular order, are below:











Team USA


Dennis the Menace


Baby G



To avoid being eaten by rabbits the 2019 competition has been moved to the Bull-Knox front garden. Who knows what dangers will await there.

And they were all yellow!

All the flowers in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018 have bloomed!

The competitors, in blooming order, can be seen below:

Holts (some tampering may have occurred here)
Team USA



Unfortunately, Gramps fell to the floor and was eaten by the bunnies.

The winners were Bulls (tallest) and Naughty (prettiest).

Bulls was the tallest sunflower
Naughty was the prettiest flower

Thanks again to all who took part or followed the contest.

See you all next year.

Bloomin’ ‘eck

Me: Is there a prize for the first flower to bloom?

Also me: No.

Me again: Damn!

The first bloomer is Bull-Knox

Now the pressure of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018 is over, some competitors have come out of their shells.

Bull-Knox was the first to open up, shortly followed by Gramps and Team USA.

Naughty, who has already been crowned the prettiest flower, is also starting to peek out at the world and reveal her beauty.

Stay tuned for more pictures of all the competitors.

And the Winners are . . .

The judging of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018 took place on Saturday 28th July at Knoxie’s zoo themed birthday barbecue.

Party animals
Party animals

The biggest sunflowers were measured and Bulls, measuring in at 111 cm, was crowned the tallest. Bulls also won the first Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest in 2014. They were delighted to regain the title and take home another cheap, plastic, solar-powered, dancing sunflower.

Bulls win the Bull-Knox sunflower contest 2018
Bulls aim high

Despite none of the sunflowers blooming in time for the judging, Knoxie’s Uncle Mick was able to use his super-sensory, cheetah skills to determine  Naughty as the prettiest flower and winner of the Indie Award.

Naughty wins the Indie Award in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018
Naughty but nice

Holts, who had failed to appear throughout the whole contest, made a slightly suspicious late appearance on the judging day. However,  at just 50 cm it was still the shortest of the bunch.

Sunflower windmill
Better late than never

The final standings for the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018 are below:

  1. Bulls – 111 cm
  2. Naughty – 95 cm
  3. Bull-Knox – 92 cm
  4. Sparkly – 88 cm
  5. Team USA – 87 cm
  6. Gramps – 84 cm
  7. Shmelling – 83 cm
  8. Helomi – 83 cm
  9. Bears – 82 cm
  10. Sprilbey – 75 cm
  11. Buddha – 68 cm
  12. Pears – 52 cm
  13. Holts – 50 cm

Well done to all competitors, you’re all winners in my eyes!

Bulls are Enjoying the Sun

Who loves the sun? Sunflowers and Bulls do.

Bulls is now top of the table in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018. A big shout out also goes to previous bottom of the table dwellers, Sparkly and Helomi, who have embraced the sunshine and shot up to joint third place.

The current standings are below:

  1. Bulls – 82 cm
  2. Naughty – 69 cm
  3. Sparkly – 66 cm
  4. Helomi – 66 cm
  5. Bears – 64 cm
  6. Team USA – 63 cm
  7.  Bull-Knox – 63 cm
  8. Shmelling – 58 cm
  9. Gramps – 56 cm
  10. Buddha – 55cm
  11. Sprilbey – 48 cm
  12. Pears – 40 cm
  13. Holts – 0 cm

Naughty Sunflower Chased by Bulls and Bears

Naughty is leading the way in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018. Bulls is currently the second tallest with Bears and Shmelling close behind.

The measurements and rankings as of this morning (14th June) are below:

1. Naughty – 35 cm
2. Bulls – 31 cm
3. Bears – 30 cm
4. Shmelling – 30 cm
5. Gramps – 28 cm
6. Team USA – 28 cm
7. Pears – 22 cm
8. Sprilbey – 20 cm
9. Bull-Knox – 15 cm
10. Sparkly – 14 cm
11. Buddha – 12 cm
12. Helomi – 10 cm
13. Holts – 0 cm

Left to right: Helomi, Bulls, Sprilbey, Pears, Bears, Shmelling, Bull-Knox, Gramps, Holts, Naughty, Team USA, Buddha, Sparkly.

Those at the bottom of the table should not despair. All flowers are in with a chance of winning the Indie Award for the prettiest flower. And, the bigger the flower the more likely it is to fall from the fence and be eaten by rabbits!

The First Sunflower Seedlings Are Out

Four of the thirteen competing sunflowers in the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018 have sprouted!

Gramps was the first to say hello, followed by Bears, Bulls, and Naughty.

These competitors will be pleased to have made a good start but there are no prizes for the earliest risers. It’s all about height and beauty. Judging will take place at Knoxie’s birthday BBQ where the tallest and prettiest flowers will be crowned winners.

They’re in! Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2018

The seeds have been sown and the contest to grow the tallest sunflower is underway.

Teams from left to right:
Helomi, Bulls, Spilbey, Pears, Bears, Shmelling, Bull-Knox, Gramps, Holts, Naughty, Team USA, Buddha, Sparkly


One half of last year’s winner (Em&Em) will be making a solo effort to retain the title as Sparkly, and Shmelling will be hoping to keep the Indie Award for the prettiest flower.

See the 2017 winners here.

This year, three flamingos will be guarding the flowers from the perils of the Bull-Knox garden.

Good luck all!

Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2017 Winners Announced

Judging of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2017 took place on Saturday 5th August.

Judge Bowd measured the contenders for the tallest flower and named Em&Em the winner:

Em&Em winner of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2017
Taller than Clarky
Em&Em winner of the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2017
One Em of Em&Em and Judge Bowd

On receiving the award, Clarky, the shorter half of duo Em&Em said, “I’m very proud to have won this contest. Being small, I never thought I’d win a competition for the tallest anything!”

New for 2017, the Indie Award, was introduced in memory of the beautiful bunny and chief sunflower slayer, Indie. Pauline and Mick had the task of picking the prettiest flower for this award and declared Shmelling the winner:

Shmelling - Winner of the Indie Award 2017
Pretty flower
Indie Award winners
Indie Award winners, Short and Melling, aka Shmelling!

Melling, said, “It’s an honour to win the Indie Award for the prettiest flower. Our weedy plant was almost destroyed by snails in its early days but it just goes to show that an ugly duckling can turn into a beautiful swan.”

Many of the flowers are yet to bloom so I’ll post their pictures when they come out to say hello.

Thanks for following the Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest 2017 and to all the competitors. You’re all winners!