We are down to the final five sunflowers of the competition.
The dawn netting repairs were not enough to keep the bunnies out this morning. They munched their way through all but two of the original competitors, leaving the sunflowers of just Moomin Papa and Abi remaining.
The final three substitutes belonging to Debbie, Nicky and Elena have now been planted.
The netting has been secured and pegged down so tight that if the bunnies do get through then they have well earned their snacks!
The final five, from left to right, belong to: Moomin Papa, Abi, Debbie, Nicky and Elena.
Indie was caught behind the protective netting this morning (Monday) and is the prime suspect in the case of another missing sunflower.
No further damage had been caused at the time of finding the bunny and Marky’s sunflower was still standing.
Indie was removed and the netting restored. However, just over an hour later, Marky’s plant was gone!
Security will be ramped up in an attempt to keep the remaining sunflowers safe!
Five sunflowers have been eaten by the bunnies!
While the Bull-Knoxes were out enjoying a barbeque today (Sunday), the hungry rabbits decided to have a feast of their own.
Pongo and Indie targeted the plants on the right side of the fence and devoured the sunflowers of Gilbey, Kathryn, Princess, John H and super sub Kevin.
Miraculously Marky’s sunflower, despite being in the middle of the attack, was left standing, although its leaves are a little nibbled.
The three remaining subs, Debbie, Nicky and Elena will now enter the contest and at this rate the winner will be the last sunflower standing!
Kevin’s sunflower has entered the competition and immediately taken the lead as the tallest.
The plant (far right) replaces Abbey’s sunflower which mysteriously went missing yesterday after Fozzy was seen playing with the netting.
John H’s plant was one of the forerunners but looks small next to the newcomer.
Kevin’s plant was 3rd sub and now faces the dangers of the Bull-Knox garden.
The other subs continue to prosper in safety. There is no guarantee they will get in the game but Fozzy and the bunnies are certainly doing their best!
Abbey’s sunflower is out of the contest.
Just a week after entering the competition as 2nd sub, Abbey’s plant has disappeared completely!
The sunflower was last seen this morning (Thursday 4th June).
Also this morning, Fozzy the puppy was spotted jumping onto the netting in an attempt to reach the plants and is therefore the prime suspect.
How can you be mad at this cutie though?
Kevin’s sunflower, the 3rd substitute, will now leave the safety of Moomin Papa’s greenhouse to take Abbey’s place.
The first two substitutes have taken their place in the Annual Bull-Knox Sunflower Contest.
Radders’ and Coops’ sunflowers are out of the competition after the bunnies broke through the security netting and munched the baby plants.
First and second substitutes Caz and Abbey are now in their places.
The four remaining subs, Kevin, Debbie, Nicky and Elena will be hopeful to get in the game soon!
The bunnies have breached the security netting and munched the top of Radders’ sunflower.
The netting has been repaired and Radders’ flower will be monitored to see if it can survive. If not, Caz’s plant, which is the first sub, will take its place.
The sunflowers have taken their places along the blue fence at Fort Bull-Knox!
Positions were randomly allocated and all sunflowers were transferred to the garden with equal care.
Competitors are (from left to right): Kirsty, Moomin Papa, Abi, Clarky, Knoxie, Moomin Mama, Jojo, Radders, Gilbey, Kathryn, Marky, Princess, John H and Coops.
A net has been positioned over the sunflowers in an attempt to protect them from the leaf loving bunnies. However, a new threat in the form of a playful puppy, Fozzy, has now been introduced.
Six substitute sunflowers are waiting in the wings and will be hoping one of the starters meets an unfortunate fate so they can take its place in the competition.
Danger averted. A snail was intercepted as it headed towards Kevin’s sunflower today.
I’m happy to report that all the sunflowers are unnibbled and doing well despite this slimy threat.
Kathryn’s, Radders’, Kirsty’s and Moomin Papa’s shoots are the tallest so far.
Clarky’s plant, which was smallest at the last inspection, has had a growth spurt. Knoxie’s and Moomin Mama’s have now been over-taken and look like they could do with some encouragement.
All the sunflower seeds have made it to the baby sunflower phase!
Moomin Mama’s was the first to appear after just five days and by day ten, when John’s plant showed up, all the contestants’ seeds had sprouted.
Of the 14 main competitors, Princess’s, Kirsty’s, Coops’ and Moomin Papa’s plants look the biggest and Clarky’s shoot is the smallest.
There’s a long way to go yet though!
All six subs are looking strong and will be hoping for a sunflower casualty to get themselves in the game.
Things will get interesting when the sunflowers move to Fort Bull-Knox and could well be eaten by the resident lawn-mowers, Pongo and Indie!
Pongo and Indie