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It's a tall order, but can you beat these sunflower heights?

By Amanda Ferguson

Is your sunflower Bloomin' Marvellous?

Entries to the Belfast Telegraph Sunflower Competition have been coming in thick and fast - but if you haven't sent us a photograph of your skyscraping blossoms yet there is still time.

Earlier this year, as part of our Bloomin' Marvellous gardening campaign, we sent free sunflower seeds to readers.

And as our pictures have been showing, green-fingered readers have been making good use of them.

Many amateur gardeners whose seeds have sprung up into towering flowers have been sending us pictures of their impressive specimens.

Scott Kelly from Whiteabbey has grown a 6ft 6in tall sunflower, while the Conville Brothers from Draperstown have one in their garden that stands at 7ft 2ins.

Tom Cairns from Newtownabbey sent us this picture (left) of his impressive 8ft sunflower.

The largest bloom so far is a staggering 9ft 6in. But can you do better? Send us a snap of your sunflower and you could win a digital camera.

Please include your name, address, phone number, email address, the height of your tallest flower and a photo.

Either email your entry to sunflowers@belfasttelegraph.co.uk or post it to Environment Correspondent Linda Stewart at Belfast Telegraph, 124-144 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1DN for a chance to win one of three Fujifilm Finepix digital cameras.

The closing date is September 8.

How to enter

How does your sunflower measure up? Can you grow a sunflower that is two or even three Lindas tall? For the chance to win one of three digital cameras, show us your sunflower, including your name, address, phone number, email address, the height of your tallest flower and a photo. Linda is on the road in the coming weeks, measuring the most promising ones.

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