11ft sunflower grows in South Woodford woman’s garden

There’s been little sun this summer but a South Woodford woman is proving she can make flowers grow even where the sun does not shine.

Bilara Hussein has grown 11ft sunflowers in the back garden of her house in Maybank Avenue, South Woodford.

The Loxford School worker said she contacted the Recorder after colleagues urged her to when they saw the giants growing after they visited her for tea.

She said: “I grow them every year but this year, despite the weather not being the best, they have done amazingly well.

“I grow small shoots and give them to friends, with the possibility of them being able to grow their own big sunflowers too,” she added.

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Mrs Hussein has a small allotment in her back garden also, and has this year also grown bigger marrows than usual.

“It must have been the rain which encouraged such amazing growth,” she added.

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