THE deadline for this year’s Portsmouth in Bloom has been extended by a month to encourage even more people to submit applications.
Sue Stokes, from Southsea Greenhouse, said the date has been pushed back to June 21.
Sue said: ‘This is not Chelsea Flower Show. We are not a big show, we just want people to have a go and take part.
‘They don’t have to have any growing experience. It doesn’t have to be of the same grade as a silver gilt at Chelsea, particularly if they are from a school.
‘Anyone can do it, whether they are growing a window box or a small bed in a school.
‘Everyone is welcome.’
Yesterday, three and four-year-old children from Rose Lodge Nursery School in South Parade visited the greenhouse to submit their entry.
‘The children entered the decorating their school category and did some seed planting,’ said Sue.
‘Then one of their teachers read them The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’
The categories for this year’s competition are:
* House frontage
* Front garden
* Mews and courtyards
* Sustainable garden
* Hanging basket or wall container
* Public or community premises
* Business premises
* Gardens in sheltered housing or apartment blocks
* Eat My Street
* School decorated with flowers
* School environmental project
* School garden cultivated by children
* Eat My School
You may enter a maximum of two categories, unless you represent a school, when you can enter up to three categories.
An entry form appears on page 19 of The News today.