Monty Don shares ‘seductive’ secret behind garden updates but bemoans ‘eye-watering price’

Gardeners' World: Monty Don joke about garden designers

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Monty Don regularly shares glimpses of his home life on his social media accounts. The Gardeners’ World presenter has now reacted to a viewer who commented on the BBC’s host’s candid snap of a recent spring bloom.

The 65-year-old uploaded a stunning photo of a flower from one of his treasured gardens.

In view of his 220,000 Twitter followers, the Gardeners’ World host penned: “The first Taihaku blossom arrives just as the weather acquires a cutting edge – but cold is less damaging than heavy wind and rain so it may yet flower out into its full glory.”

A social media user responded to the post, as they gushed over the gardening expert’s photography skills.

The person in question wrote: “Lovely photo. I’ve said it before, but you are a good photographer, the flower is sharp throughout.”

The BBC presenter made a candid confession as he credited his camera for capturing the scenic snap, but added the price of his purchase was “eye-watering”.

Monty replied: “Thank you. Trying out a Q2 using the macro setting. It is a very seductive camera (but an eye-watering price!)”

Fans rushed to comment on the photo, as one wrote: “But you’re worth it and deserve an indulgence. Here in the United States, it would be a tax write-off, so a win-win.”

Another commented: “Just stunning!”

While a third added: “A stunning photo, looks like silk!”

The Gardeners’ World host later took to Instagram and shared another photo of the Taihaku tree from his Herefordshire garden.

Monty, who has been the lead presenter of the show since 2003, recently shared his secrets to successful seed growing in the garden.

He began: “I’ve got a peat-free compost. This is based on coir picks, then I modify it by adding sieved leaf mould, a little bit of garden compost and grit to open it out.

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“To be honest, chillies will grow in any compost mix.”

Monty said the “secret to successful seed growing” is making sure they are strong from the start.

He explained: “As far as you can, spread the seeds evenly because one of the secrets to successful seed growing is to have the seedlings grow strongly from the very beginning.

“It’s a mistake to think that you can just scatter the seed any old how and they’ll all sort themselves out.

“Because that then becomes survival of the fittest and a lot of the seedlings won’t do very well.”

Monty resides in Herefordshire alongside his wife Sarah, where the couple regularly tend to their beloved gardens.

The couple initially lived in Islington, London, while they ran their jewellery business together.

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

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