‘My garden paradise is somewhere I can sit back and relax...’

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THE attraction of having somewhere to relax is one of the reasons why Nan Brooks keeps her garden bloomin’ marvellous.

For the 63-year-old, gardening works as a great hobby and then gives her somewhere to sit back and unwind.

And that’s why Nan has entered her garden into our Bloomin’ Marvellous competition.

‘I don’t have a huge garden, but we have a patio and a water feature,’ said Nan, of Odell Close, Fareham.

‘We have been here for 28 years and I have always been into gardening.

‘I just like all the different plants you can have and we try to conserve as much as possible for wildlife.

‘Our garden is an enclosed, tranquil place to relax, entertain and enjoy the wildlife.

‘We have created an outside room, which we live in during the summer months and well into the autumn.’

Nan likes to enjoy her garden with husband Raymond, 67.

‘My husband spends more time in the allotments and I take care of the garden,’ she added.

‘Having a nice garden is great because it’s somewhere you can go to relax.

‘We also grow our own herbs and vegetables in the allotment, which is brilliant as we can always eat fresh. Planting is a mixture of exotic and traditional.’

We’ve been asking you for your nominations of gardens that could win our annual gardening competition. There’s still time to enter, but you need to get your entries in quickly, as the deadline is this Thursday at midnight.

The Bloomin’ Marvellous winner will be chosen by our gardening expert Brian Kidd.

They will be presented with £100 in gardening vouchers from Garsons Garden Centre, in Titchfield, plus the coveted title.

There’s also a runner-up prize of a £50 voucher, while third place takes away £25.

Brian will look through all the entries, whittle them down to a final 10 and then visit all of these to find his favourite.

To enter, take a good quality picture of you in your garden and send it to us by midnight on Thursday.

You can post your entries to: Bloomin’ Marvellous, Features Department, The News, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX or email them to blooming@thenews.co.uk.

Please include your full name, a daytime phone number and a postal address, plus background information on your garden.

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