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Ann Stoddart, 75, from Southsea, has entered The News Bloomin' Marvellous competition for the first time this year''Picture: Sarah Standing (151198-1655)
Ann Stoddart, 75, from Southsea, has entered The News Bloomin' Marvellous competition for the first time this year''Picture: Sarah Standing (151198-1655)

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  • Ann Stoddart has entered our Bloomin’ Marvellous competition for the first time
  • Her garden is small but full of bright flowers
  • There is still time to enter the contest to show off your wonderful gardens
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HER garden is full of beautiful, bright flowers and is always getting compliments from neighbours.

So retired Ann Stoddart decided to enter The News’ Bloomin’ Marvellous competition.

The garden is a little small but it is lovely.

Ann Stoddart

It is the first time she has entered and Ann said she was encouraged to by her neighbours and passers-by who would stop and take photos of her garden.

The 75-year-old said: ‘A lot of people like to take photographs of my garden when they are walking past and said I should enter the contest.

‘This is the first time I have done it but I have always loved gardening.

‘Someone has to help me do it now but I still enjoy looking after it and ensuring it looks nice.’

Although Ann cannot do the gardening herself, she can go out shopping for the plants.

She added: ‘When I go to the garden centre, I always end up with loads in my basket. I often look at the reduced plants and with some good care, they flourish.’

Ann, from Stone Street, in Southsea, likes her garden to be bright and her favourite flowers are roses.

But she says she likes anything colourful.

‘When I first moved here, the garden was full of bricks and rubble,’ she said.

‘I brought some of my plants with me from my old house. The garden is a little small but it is lovely.’

There is still time for people to enter Bloomin’ Marvellous.

The winner will get a £100 voucher for Titchfield garden centre Garsons. The runner-up will get a £50 voucher, with a third prize of £25.

To enter the competition, take a good quality picture of your garden and send it to us. Either post your photos to: Bloomin’ Marvellous, c/o Ellie Pilmoor, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN or e-mail them to bloominmarvellous@thenews.co.uk

Entries must be in by July 25.