Elly took part in The Big Sunflower Project for the first time in 2013 shortly after being diagnosed with centronuclear myopathy. Elly says:
I thought it was a great idea that people from all over the world could be involved by sharing photos. I bought a packet of seeds when I went shopping and planted a tray of six. I kept them in my mini greenhouse for two weeks before transferring the seedlings to pots in the garden. I put one of the sunflowers in a raised border, but this was soon destroyed by slugs, so the rest stayed in their pots.
The five sunflowers all grew at different rates, it was lovely seeing them developing and adding colour to the garden. The only problem I had was keeping them upright, as the slightest wind would blow them over.