WITH an allotment full of vegetables and a garden flourishing with flowers, a couple have entered our annual garden competition.
Brian and Brenda Maynard decided to enter Bloomin’ Marvellous after encouragement from their daughter Ann Devaney.
The pair have transformed their garden from a bland space to a beautiful yard with turf, pot plants and shrubbery.
They also grow a wide range of their own vegetables.
These include onions, marrows, strawberries, rhubarb, courgettes, potatoes and tomatoes.
Brian, 76, said: ‘The marrows were massive last year and we managed to grow some big onions too.
‘We even managed to get two big bowlfuls of strawberries this year.’
The pair, from Castle Street in Portchester are deaf but this doesn’t stop them from keeping their garden looking lovely.
Ann said: ‘Mum and Dad love the garden and they are out here all the time.
‘They like to sit in the arbour when it gets too sunny and just enjoy the garden.
‘They have worked hard to get it as beautiful as it is.’
As well as bushes and flowers, the garden is full of gargoyles, gnomes and other stone creatures.
But for Brenda, 72, her favourite part of the garden is the different flowers.
She said: ‘I like the bushes but I prefer flowers.
‘They are so lovely and they brighten up the garden.’
The winner of the contest will receive £100 in vouchers for Garsons in Titchfield which has a huge range for gardeners, from beginners through to experts. Their hardy plants are guaranteed for life.
If you would like to enter, email pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or post them to Bloomin’ Marvellous, Ellie Pilmoor, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, PO6 3EN. The closing date is July 31.
All entries will automatically be entered into Portsmouth in Bloom.