Monty Don explains reason for Gardeners’ World absence as he unveils international series

Monty Don explains reason for Gardeners’ World absence as he unveils international series


Gardeners' World: Monty Don says he’ll ‘be away’

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Gardeners’ World host Monty Don took to social media last night to share an update with fans amid his absence from the BBC show. The TV presenter revealed that he would not be on screen for two weeks as he was working on a new series abroad.

The 65-year-old gardener informed his 233,600 Twitter followers that he had been filming in Italy, Greece and Croatia.

He went on to reassure fans that he would be back on Gardeners’ World next month, before sharing details about the filming schedule.

Ahead of Friday night’s episode, Monty tweeted: “Away from GW tonight (and next week) because have been filming new series in Italy, Greece and Croatia.

“Back now and resume filming in the garden as normal next week.”(sic)

Many took to the comment section of the post, eager to learn more.

“Oooh Croatia, I’m intrigued. We try to get there as much as possible,” one follower wrote.

“Creating a garden in Hydra – and filming in Croatia & Italy – how marvellous. When can we expect to see it? Sounds like the ideal tonic to get us through winter woes,” another added.

Sharing a similar thought, a third person said: “I hope you filmed the garden you’ve been making in Hydra all these years. It would be lovely to see it.”

“We did,” Monty confirmed.

Monty created a garden from scratch on the Greek island of Hydra.

Other viewers were confused by the filming schedule for Gardeners’ World.

One viewer wrote: “It amazes me that the programmes are filmed a week in arrears. That explains how comments are made about how hot it is when it’s been a wet week. How long does filming take?”

“2 days in the garden and a day for each VT. Then minimum 10 days editing,” Monty explained.

“For the past year we have shot on Mon/Tues of week preceding transmission – ie 11/12 days ahead,” he continued.

Over on Instagram, Monty regularly delights fans with pictures from his garden in Herefordshire.

Yesterday he posted photos of the poppies which had flowered in Longmeadow where his box hedging used to be.

Earlier in the year, he had to remove large areas of hedging after it was ravaged by box blight.

Six months on and the area looks very different but equally beautiful.

Alongside the snap, he wrote: “A rash of poppies have sprung up everywhere we have taken up box hedging, the seed waiting for years for exposure to light to trigger germination.”

“Monty Don you are a MAGICIAN,” one user wrote.

“This gives me hope that all the poppy seeds I’ve put down for past several years will still germinate,”(sic) a second added.

“What a gorgeous surprise,” a third remarked.

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