Some marvellous gardens that didn’t quite make it

Teresa Greenwood's beautiful Fareham front garden
Teresa Greenwood's beautiful Fareham front garden

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The News’ gardening guru Brian Kidd was overwhelmed with fantastic entries to this year’s Blooming Marvellous competition.

The winners have now been picked, but here are some of the wonderful snaps of readers’ gardens that did not make the shortlist but are deserving of your attention.

Pete Russell and Lin Dedman's garden in Havant

Pete Russell and Lin Dedman's garden in Havant

The lovely Hill Head garden of Rita Davis

The lovely Hill Head garden of Rita Davis

Christine Moth's pretty garden in Portsmouth

Christine Moth's pretty garden in Portsmouth

Deirdre and Ken Howell put a lot of tender loving care into their nautical garden in Lee-on-the-Solent

Deirdre and Ken Howell put a lot of tender loving care into their nautical garden in Lee-on-the-Solent

Kathryn Craddock's Southsea garden is a riot of colour

Kathryn Craddock's Southsea garden is a riot of colour

Spot the Harry Potter reference in   Michael and Sandra Scott's garden in Cosham

Spot the Harry Potter reference in Michael and Sandra Scott's garden in Cosham

Michael Mead's Portchester garden is neat yet bursting with colour

Michael Mead's Portchester garden is neat yet bursting with colour

Iris Robinson has gone for the minimalist feel in her Southsea garden

Iris Robinson has gone for the minimalist feel in her Southsea garden

Isabell Bourke has packed in brightly-coloured plants and some statues in her garden in Gosport

Isabell Bourke has packed in brightly-coloured plants and some statues in her garden in Gosport