Still time to enter our annual garden contest

TIDY The garden of Bloomin' Marvellous entrant Louise Hughes
TIDY The garden of Bloomin' Marvellous entrant Louise Hughes
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IT used to be little more than a football pitch.

But when Louise and Paul Hughes’ children Joshua, 17, and Jack, 15, grew up the parents decided to give their garden in Buckland Close, Waterlooville a makeover.

Now they’re hoping all the hard work they’ve put in over the years will help them win The News’ Bloomin’ Marvellous garden competition.

Louise’s father Ray Cloke, 69, encouraged her to send us this eye-catching image of her garden during the hot weather.

Louise’s husband installed marble mosaics and Victorian-looking tiles.

There’s also an array of colourful flowers and the churned-up mud was replaced with healthy-looking grass.

Louise said: ‘We think it’s a nice garden.

‘The weather is nice at the moment so we like sitting out there to relax and have our dinner.

‘It would be great to win.

‘We have transformed it ourselves and think it looks a bit different.

‘Some people just get builders in to do the work for them.’

We’ve had lots of entries so far, but there’s still plenty of time to enter.

It doesn’t matter whether you have a small or large garden – the contest is about showing off the areas that you think look the best.

As well as the prestigious Bloomin’ Marvellous title, the winner of our contest will pick up £100 in gardening vouchers from Garsons Garden Centre in Titchfield.

There’s a second prize of £50 in vouchers and £25 for third place.

Simply send us high-quality pictures of your beloved garden.

News gardening guru Brian Kidd will take a look through all the entries, draw up a short list and visit the 10 best ones.

We also recently featured a photo of Iris Swain’s garden in Sunnymead Drive, Waterlooville, which was submitted by her daughter Penny Edwards, 60, who lives in nearby Silverdale Drive.

This year’s winning garden will be featured in The News and on our website,

Either post your photos to: Bloomin’ Marvellous, c/o Miles O’Leary, The News, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX, or e-mail them to

Please include your full name, daytime telephone number and address with the photographs or e-mails you send to us.

Unfortunately we’re not able to return prints sent to us in the post.

The closing date for entries is midnight on Friday, July 26.