Our intrepid Herts sunflower grower features in many major newspapers here and abroad, while a Japanese film crew come to call…
It’s been a crazy few weeks for my hubby Douglas Smith who recently featured in The Sun with the giant sunflower he grew for our four year-old son during Lockdown. Stellan told Daddy that he wanted him to grow it “as tall as the house” and now it is about 21 feet tall. Not the biggest ever grown in the UK which was 26 feet, but not half bad! The pair of them have been in The Metro, Yahoo News, MSN, the Telegraph, The Insider, Lad Bible and Unilad, plus on the airwaves with Toby Buckland on BBC Radio Devon, Heart, Smooth and BBC Three Counties. Luckily it hasn’t yet gone to their heads – I’m still waiting for calls for “only the blue M&Ms and mineral water at room temperature…”
Lots of fun was had at Happeninginherts HQ recently when a Japanese film crew from TV Asahi came to call. They spent two hours here filming with Douglas and Stellan in the back garden. The presenter even bravely climbed the enormous ladder Douglas has propped up against the house to tend to the sunflower, and stood up there doing his piece to camera, singing a nursery rhyme to the sunflower in Japanese! You can see the video here.
Big thanks to Sarah Lumley from SWNS News Agency who wrote and pitched the story and to Chris Hubbard at Heart.
Speaking of Heart, Douglas has also been on Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Lucy between 6am and 7am and an Australian Morning Show via Zoom!