Monty Don shares Gardeners World filming regret as he admits Things go wrong

Monty Don reflects on dog’s passing

Monty Don has candidly spoken out on a regret while filming for Gardener’s World which he has been a part of since 2003.

The horticulturist has addressed the problem with gardening, admitting it goes “wrong all the time”.

Speaking to Times Radio, he shared: “The problem with gardening is that you’re expected to know about how to do it.

“And there’s an awful lot of pretending to know about how to do things, but not quite being sure what’s going on.”

When asked about being patient while gardening, Monty admitted: “It’s a bit like learning a really tricky instrument.

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“You just have to do it badly in order to do it a little bit better and have patience and just accept that it’s going to go wrong.”

He explained “gardening all goes wrong all the time” and you have to build on it to improve.

“The musical analogy extends because I always feel that until you have to stop thinking how to do it, you can’t really do it,” Monty said.

“And so if you’re playing an instrument, if you’re remembering where to put your fingers or what the time should be, you’re not really playing the piece of music you because you’re not focusing on.

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“So when you’re growing something, if you can just focus on the plant or what you want from it or how you feel about it, all those things, then it’ll work.”

Monty is often joined on Gardiners’ World by his four-legged companions, however, he lost one of his dogs in recent weeks which he shared in a heartbreaking social media post.

His beloved Golden Retriever Nell died following a battle with cancer just four months after being diagnosed with the disease.

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Taking to Instagram, Monty shared: “I was going to tell you about my new book which is published next week but that can wait because my lovely dear Nell died last night.

“She was diagnosed with cancer in June and every day this summer has been a gift but it is over now.”

He added: “Her end was peaceful and dignified and ended obvious suffering but it never gets any easier to bear. So life goes on, but for the moment we are very, very sad.”

Gardeners’ World episodes are available to watch on BBC iPlayer and the full interview with Monty is available on Times Radio.

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