Foxglove proves to be a feisty flower

Arnold Williamson of Mulgrave View, Stainsacre, with his 9ft 6 and a half inches tall Foxglove in his back garden, which he believes could be a world record contender''w123003
Arnold Williamson of Mulgrave View, Stainsacre, with his 9ft 6 and a half inches tall Foxglove in his back garden, which he believes could be a world record contender''w123003
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IT might not be a world record breaker but keen gardener Arnold Williamson reckons his feisty Foxglove can’t be that far off.

The flower in his back garden has grown to a whopping nine feet, six and a half inches tall – and there are no tricks of the trade.

Arnold who has cultivated the back garden at his bungalow on Mulgrave View, Stainsacre since he moved in 30 years ago says it is just the recent wet and warm weather that has helped it grow.

He didn’t even sow the plant himself, he thinks it self seeded from the fields or a nearby garden.

Arnold (79) said: “It is sheltered on three sides, if it had been anywhere else it would have been snapped off at the bottom.

“It was there last year but not anything like as high as this. It has been there I would say about three years because there is one at the other side of the green house which is about seven feet.

“You would have to find out what the record is, there has been some as high as myself which is five feet 10 inches but I have never seen one that high before.”

In the past week or so the Foxglove has had a growth spurt because when Arnold measured it then it was around eight feet tall but he thinks it will stop growing now.

He added: “It might only grow another half an inch. It has opened out as it has gone up but it is the wet weather that has built it up.”

After a bit of digging around the Whitby Gazette understands the tallest Foxglove was grown in County Kildare in Ireland in 1997 and reached 10 feet 10 inches.

It might not be a world record but it could be a Whitby record. Do you have any unusually large plants or vegetables? Contact the newsroom on 01947 829910.