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Giant sunflower causes stir in south Belfast

Leo McEvoy tends to his giant sunflower at his south Belfast home. Picture by Hugh Russell

A giant sunflower grown by green-fingered couple has become an unlikely south Belfast tourist attraction.

Pauline and Leo McEvoy, from Rutland Street off the Ormeau Road, have grown a sunflower estimated to be around 11 feet high.

Mrs McEvoy said her neighbour gave her a small sunflower plant which has now grown "like Jack and the Beanstalk".

"The fella next door gave it to me," she said.

"He put it in the ground at the front of the house.

"They're growing some too but mine has turned out to be the biggest. It's grown to 11 feet."

Pauline McEvoy is dwarfed by a giant sunflower at her home in south Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

Mrs McEvoy said she has been stunned by the rapid growth of the plant.

"I woke up one morning and couldn't believe the size of it," she said.

"We haven't even fed it with anything, just watered it."

The giant plant has caused a stir in the Ormeau area.

"I've seen people stop and look at it and take photos," she said.

"We're going to get the seeds out of the face and give them to our neighbours to see if they can grow one too.

"I can't believe it myself.

"It's so thick I'll need a saw to get it down."

Mrs McEvoy said the plant could continue to flower for several more weeks amid the mild autumn weather.

"They're supposed to last for eight or nine weeks," she said.

"It's been flowering for two or three weeks now."

Pauline and Leo McEvoy with their giant sunflower at their home in south Belfast. Picture by Hugh Russell

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