Bright garden is a contender for The News’ Bloomin’ Marvellous awards

Christine Moth, 70, loves looking after her flowers in the garden
Christine Moth, 70, loves looking after her flowers in the garden
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FULL of colour and of beautiful flowers, Christine Moth loves her summer garden.

The 70-year-old works hard from the beginning of summer to early autumn to ensure her back garden is full of pretty flowers.

She is one of dozens of people who have entered our Bloomin’ Marvellous competition to find the best-kept gardens in our 

Christine loves the colour pink and that is reflected in her choice of flowers with pink and purple fuschias surrounding her little courtyard.

Her garden is predominantly flowers in pots and Christine says she has them in pots so she can move them around.

She said: ‘My garden is very much a summer garden and I like to keep the flowers looking lovely.

‘They are mostly in pots so if some start to die, I can move them to the back and bring the blooming ones forward.’

Christine, of Binsteed Road in Buckland, said she likes having flowers because they are easy to look after.

‘With flowers, they grow for a few months in the summer and you just have to water them,’ she said.

‘Also, I like to try and attract butterflies and the bright flowers do this. I like to sit out here, do some crafts and keep an eye out for the butterflies.’

But she added that the hot weather hasn’t done her garden a lot of good.

‘I have been watering my garden three times a day with all the hot weather and my flowers are starting to suffer,’ she added.

‘But I can still enjoy them.’

The winner of The News’ Bloomin’ Marvellous contest will receive £100 in vouchers for Garsons in Titchfield which has a huge range for gardeners. Their hardy plants are guaranteed for life.

If you would like to enter, email pictures to 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.