Programmes so much more than me Monty Don hits back at Gardeners World claim

Monty Don outlines 'best time' to water plants during hot weather

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Monty Don, 66, has explained how he is just “a cog” in a skilled team on Gardeners’ World, after a fan questioned if he was “praising” only himself over the content of the show. The garden expert had taken to Twitter last week to tease how viewers could expect “lots of good stuff” in the programme, despite the UK’s rainstorms.

He typed in view of his 236,100 followers: “A lot of dodging showers over the last couple of days filming but lots of good stuff. 

“It will be a nice programme (for Fri 6th).”

One Twitter user responded: “Self praise?”

An amused Monty wasted no time in replying: “Ha! The programme is so much more than me – I am just a cog in a complex and highly skilled team.”

Others said they were looking forward to watching the latest episode, as they declared the current weather “perfect” for gardens to flourish.

Another reply referenced one of Monty’s beloved dogs: “Sunshine and showers in an English garden, perfect! Well, maybe not perfect for Patti.”

A third said: “I always look forward to watching Gardener’s World every Friday and getting some gardening tips and tricks.”

While a fourth commented: “I have to catch up! We have returned to the office full time and my garden and time to watch the show have both truly suffered!”

Last month the star shared an update with fans of the BBC show after his absence prompted a reaction on social media.

In an announcement, the horticulturalist told fans he and a full team have been back filming for new episodes, following his absence from the show which saw him film abroad for a new series in Italy, Croatia and Greece.

However, at the start of July, Monty confirmed a full team were back with cautious social distancing measures in place.

During the coronavirus pandemic, he had been filming from his garden with no crew.

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To make it work, cables were put into his garden, which connected up to cameras linked to screens in shipping containers on his drive.

In a tweet, he told fans: “Completed the first programme filmed back with full crew (albeit with social distancing).

“Under pandemic restrictions, we did a job – hopefully well enough. 

“But now we are back to doing what we love,” he finished.

Given the recent downpours across the UK, Monty and his team have undoubtedly had a tough time when it came to the production of recent episodes.

After a fan queried the time frame of the show, Monty shared that every episode takes four to five days to film and another four to five days to edit.

In a separate tweet, the star also revealed he does “25 hour long shows” a year from his beloved garden at Longmeadow, alongside his other TV commitments.

Gardeners’ World airs on BBC Two on Friday at 9pm.

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