Monday 12 August 2019

Share Your Sunflowers And Win A Mural For Your School (Paid Partnership With Sudocrem)

In the late Summer a lot of people already share sunflower photos with us, and they are all absolutely beautiful to see, especially as our garden is pretty much a peat bog and we can't grow our own (we've tried many, many times). This year, for anyone who wishes, you can share a photo of your child(ren) with a sunflower and have a chance to win a professional mural for their school or nursery - and I have a couple of gorgeous specially printed sunflower t-shirts to give away too.

We don't have many sunflowers growing nearby unfortunately, but we do at least have plenty of trees - and my 10 year old, who is just about as tall as me now and definitely growing...

Photo of 10 year old boy in front of huge oak tree with sunflower t-shirt

Hopefully you have grown your own sunflowers this Summer. They're easy to grow from their exciting black and white seed, and almost all UK gardens can easily grow a 5ft beauty. There really is no better flower for children because the end result is so useful and impressive, and maybe even taller than they are.

Solitary sunflower in front of setting sun in large field
Thank you to Sim for this sunflower
We've teamed up with Sudocrem for their ‘Jack and the Giant Sunflower’ competition. They want to see a picture of your prize sunflower next to your proud little (or big) gardener. Tag me, @thebrickcastle, #getoutandgrow, #sudocrem, #jackandthegiantsunflower and anyone else you’d like to be involved for a chance to win a mural for your children’s school (chosen by Sudocrem), a bespoke sunflower t-shirt (chosen by me) and Jack’s giant seal of approval.

Sudocrem Get out and grow competition rules and prizes

Sunflowers are a great lure for insects and bees to your garden and once the flower head has died back, you can dry it and eat the seeds yourself - or plant them again next year to make more sunflowers!

It's a bit late for this year, but here are some champion Sunflower growing tips from Sudocrem:

- Plant your champions in separate pots and give them plenty of room to reach their potential.
- Grow them somewhere with as much sun as possible – and we mean LOTS OF SUN PEOPLE. Against a south-facing brick wall can create nice little heat trap for your champions to grow up big and strong.
- Sunflowers are thirsty beasts and they need to be watered on a daily basis. So, keep that soil moist and set your children the task of monitoring water levels.

Giant sunflower head with broad soft leaves at the back around a central circle of fluffy tiny fronds hiding seeds

The aim of this giveaway, as well as filling my Instagram timeline with the most beautiful smiles and flowers, is to get kids out and about this Summer, and encourage everyone to learn about growing plants and gardening. Even in our peaty garden, we can still grow shrubs, herbs, trees - and of course potatoes!

Sudocrem Get out and grow logo with smiling children and huge sunflower

All entries have to be shared on Instagram by September 15th, tagging me @thebrickcastle and using the hashtags #sudocrem #getoutandgrow and #jackandthegiantsunflower

After September 15th, I will randomly (using select 2 winners to each win a gorgeous bright yellow sports shirt, and Sudocrem will choose 1 UK grand prize winner who will win a painted mural for their school. 

You've got 1 month to let your sunflowers grow a little bit more, but in case of incidents I'm happy to see how they grow if you want to take a photo now and another as late into the competition as you dare!! 

Full Terms and Conditions:
Open to UK entrants only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Blogger or Instagram. We hereby release Blogger and Instagram of any liability.
The giveaway will end at 11:59:59 pm on 15th September 2019. The 2 t-shirt winners will be chosen by myself using and contacted by email within 72 hours after the giveaway ends. If the winner does not respond within 7 days I reserve the right to choose another. The main prize winner will be randomly chosen by Sudocrem from all UK entrants. The prizes are as stated. In the unlikely instance that any prize becomes unavailable, Sudocrem reserves the right to substitute for something of equal or greater value.
The Brick Castle and Sudocrem are not responsible for delays due to postal disputes or other issues beyond our control, including bad weather. Automated entries may be disqualified.
Failing to answer the question correctly or not completing tasks when claiming you have will invalidate that entry. If I do not spot any entry then I can only apologise. To ensure an entry is seen, add a link in a comment on this post or feel free to alert me to the image by re-tagging me or commenting/messaging /sending me a link elsewhere.
If you are under 18 you need permission from a guardian to enter, and I will require them to supply me with the prize delivery information should you win. All winners agree to their full name and county being made available upon request.
The winners' details will be forwarded to Sudocrem's official representative for fulfillment of the prize and for no other reason. Your information will not be held onto beyond reasonable time nor sold, passed on elsewhere or distributed.
If you have any additional questions - feel free to send an email to

This is a paid promotion and we were sent our sunflower t-shirt by Sudocrem. I like Sudocrem and have used it myself for over 30 years for sunburn, chafing, dry skin, babies bottoms and lots more... Sunflowers are very special to our family and commemorate one of our children, Elspeth, who died 5 years ago. This giveaway is a coincidence, and one that I felt fate had handed me. I love to see sunflowers and smiles, they make me smile. 


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