Paige’s sunflower has a head for heights

SUNFLOWER: Miracle grower Paige Ryan with her massive sunflower.
SUNFLOWER: Miracle grower Paige Ryan with her massive sunflower.
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SUMMER might be over but that hasn’t stopped little Paige Ryan’s sunflower growing to more than 11ft tall.

The power of the flower has wowed the seven-year-old.

In fact, the giant bloom has shot up so tall that Paige needs a step ladder to give it a good water.

Paige planted the sunflower during the summer term at Trinity Primary School, in Seaham, and took it home with her as the holidays began.

She put it in the garden of her great-aunt, Sadie Dixon, in Grants Crescent, and allowed nature to work its wonders.

Sadie, 76, says it has so far only needed rainwater and a little help to keep it upright.

She and sister Sidonia Ryan, 66, Paige’s grandmother, estimate the flower is 11.5ft tall – although have struggled to get its precise measurements because it is so big.

The family plan to keep the seeds from the flower to see if they can repeat the success next summer.