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Friday, 19 September 2014

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Seaton six-year-old Seb grows super sunflower

A Seaton youngster has proven that fairy tales do come true after he grew a nine-foot sunflower.

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GIANT FLOWER: Seb Hay, six, and sister Lexie, four, with their giant sunflower plant in Flimby

His name might not be Jack and he hasn’t grown a giant beanstalk, but six-year-old Seb Hay, of Whitestiles, has grown a sunflower at his grandparents’ home in Flimby that wouldn’t look out of place in a book of fairy tales.

When Seb brought the tiny potted sunflower back to grandparents John and Avril Hay’s Ryehill Road home three months ago, they placed it on a windowsill in their house.

But it grew to such a mammoth height that they had to move it into their back garden and use wood and string to keep it upright.

Seb planted the sunflower for a school project at Seaton Academy.

It now needs watering twice a day just to stop it from drooping.

Mrs Hay said: “I have had people saying to me that they can see the sunflower from Main Road. I never thought it would end up as tall as this!”

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