Bottesford gardener is proud of his giant fuchsia

Sidney Wilson, of Bottesford, with his giant fuchsia.
Sidney Wilson, of Bottesford, with his giant fuchsia.
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A BOTTESFORD man was proud to show off his giant fuchsia plant after his brother’s sunflower, featured previously in the Journal, also grew to unexpected size.

Despite green fingers apparently being part of the family genes, Sidney Wilson, 88, was surprised his flower grew to over eight feet tall.

He said: “If I had known it was going to grow that big, I would have used a bigger pot.”

The fuchsia, which measures in at eight foot three inches, was just a cutting in his windowsill over the winter but soon needed to be placed out in the garden.

Mr Wilson added that he and his brother, Ray, have always been interested in gardening and said: “I go to my shows and he goes to his.”

While it would seem to be somewhat of a sibling rivalry, Mr Wilson insists otherwise and says that his brother has thought about “packing it in”.

This is not the first giant grown by Mr Wilson however as he grew carrots and parsnips up to 42 inches long which he says “taste just as good” as the smaller produce.

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