‘Had our brush with Covid’ Monty Don admits family Christmas did not go to plan

Monty Don says his festive period was impacted by Covid-19

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Monty Don, 66, has been the lead presenter of BBC’s Gardeners’ World since 2003, making a large name for himself in the gardening community. The horticulturist opened up in a new interview about struggles he had with his family this Christmas due to a “brush with Covid”.

Well, it was quiet.

Monty Don

Monty left a smile on his Twitter followers’ faces at Christmas this year, when he posted a picture of his Yorkshire Terrier surrounded by Christmas wrapping.

However, the gardener admitted in an interview this morning with Zoe Ball on Radio 2 that his family Christmas did not go to plan.

Zoe said to the gardener: “Happy new year Monty, how was the festive time for you and your family?”

Monty replied: “Well, it was quiet.

“We, like I guess so many families, had our brush with Covid.

“Not directly but it meant all plans were rearranged at the very last minute and you know people couldn’t go one way or another.

“But we had a very, very nice time.”

Monty has been very open on his Twitter about his Covid vaccination process, talking about getting his booster on December 21.

In view of his 245,600 followers the star penned: “Got my booster jab this afternoon.

“Had to wait over 3 weeks for the appointment but it was done with speed, professionalism and great cheerfulness in the face of what must be overwhelming exhaustion and stress.

“I am extremely grateful. For the record, absolutely no adverse effects after booster – dont be put off having it by that.” (sic)

A record 25 million people in the UK had their booster by December last year, with the number increasing daily.

To wish in his “covid” Christmas, the horticulturist posted a picture of his Yorkie surrounded by wrapping paper.

He captioned the post: “Happy Christmas to one and all!”

Gardeners’ World fans flocked to the comments to wish the gardener a Merry Christmas and comment on his dog.

SteveSomewhere said: “Merry Christmas to you and yours.

“Thanks for all of the pleasure and comfort that you and the GW team provide during these difficult times.”

AlixTraynor2 added: “Ahhh, such a sweet photo. I hope Santa brought her lots of healthy treats.”

Pbassett99 commented: “Happy Christmas to you and the family… have a peaceful time, recharge and get ready for the new year.”

Monty will be returning to our screens tomorrow evening at 8pm on BBC Two on Monty Don’s Adriatic Gardens.

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