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Friday, July 21, 2017

Monty Don's Watering Can

When I went away to the Fling, I was sick with a cold. Sick enough that I actually skipped the second day of garden touring, and spent the day in my air-conditioned hotel room, watching TV. I was still sick when I came back, with a cough that, because I have asthma, lingered for weeks, despite constant puffing on two different inhalers.

My son and his girlfriend came to visit the weekend right after Fling weekend, and I was still so out of commission that I let them go into Seattle to do the tourist thing without me. Again, I stayed home and watched TV.

For a few weeks after I came back, even just a walk around the garden would leave me out of breath, so I wasn't doing much, if any, gardening. But I was watching a lot of TV.

Gardeners' World, specifically, which I watch on YouTube. If you're an American gardener, you probably know gardening shows in the U.S. suck, because they're aren't any. I don't understand how HG-TV can continue to call itself HG-TV. In this age of rebranding, it really is just H-TV, which for me, would stand for Hell-TV. Anyway, Gardeners' World is British, and the British know how to do gardening shows. Monty Don is the soft-spoken, charming host/presenter, and I fell in love with his watering can when I started watching the show.

You can see Monty Don's watering can in action in the video here.

I Googled "Monty Don's watering can," because I wanted one for my own. It has a brass rose that sprinkles a light rain-like dose for watering seeds or seedlings, but can be easily removed when you need to give a newly planted shrub or perennial a good soak. It's made of galvanized metal with a powder coating. It's a Haws Professional Long-Reach Watering Can, which I found on Amazon in an 8.8 liter size (a bit heavy for me). So I opted for a smaller, one-gallon Haws watering can.

My new watering can -- Beyond, the garden beckons

My only regret is that the larger can has a filter between the spout and rose to prevent it getting clogged, which the smaller one doesn't have. But it's easily removed for cleaning. Also, I didn't realize, I could have ordered one right from the Haws website, so I got mine on Amazon. Apparently, they also make a brass watering lance. For $89.95, I wonder if it leaks.

I'm feeling better now, I'm coughing less. I've already filled both of my yard waste bins with weeds and deadheaded plants that I've cut back. I've given my new watering can a workout.

But I'm still very tempted to sit down every day and admire Monty Don's can.


  1. I have been in love with Monty (and Sarah) Don since 2005. A friend brought me a British garden magazine from a visit to England and there was an ad for a book by Monty: "The Jewel Garden." I sent away to England for it. Monty and Sarah's life had some real ups and downs and he has struggled with serious depression. I've never read a book about gardening where the couple was so forthcoming and honest about their lives. The garden was his savior and reading about creating it was a joy. I learned about the Haws cans from the original Smith and Hawken catalog in the 1980s. On our 10th wedding anniversary we discovered a S&H store in NYC and we got a pair of galvanized 2 imperial gallon cans; one with a round rose and one with an oval rose. I've used them continually since then and adore them. And I totally agree about Gardener's World. The only good garden show ever on US TV was the original Victory Garden on public TV. You should also check out Carol Klein's books and I have seen a couple of shows she did all about her own garden. Loved this post as I don't think many gardeners take advantage of UK shows and books. The info may be the wrong zone for me but the knowledge and passion are there. Glad to hear you are feeling better. I don't think I was quite aware of what that condition is actually like for an adult; let alone a gardener.

    1. Linda, thanks so much for letting me know about the book. I'm going to see if I can get my hands on a copy, it sounds good. I had heard that he struggled with depression. I didn't know Carol had also written books, I've seen at least one of her shows, about a year in the cottage garden.

  2. I received a Haws watering can (with the filter) as a Christmas present from my husband. (I put it on my list as he wouldn't have had a clue.) I love it, although it's heavier than my plastic cans. I also watch Gardeners' World on YouTube, although I've fallen behind since the Fling. I've branched off into some of the other BBC garden shows too, like Love Your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh. You're right on about HGTV - it's so disappointing after the wonderful garden shows offered during the early days of the network. Remember The Gardener's Diary? I loved that show.

    I'm glad you're feeling better and sorry to hear that the crud hung on so long.

  3. Well I have to say I've wanted a Haws watering can for years, ever since I used to see them in the venerable Smith and Hawken catalog. I didn't have the budget for that king of thing back in the 80's.But I could make it happen now ! And I am another Monty you tube aficionado.Last weekend when it was too damn hot to go outside after about 10 am, I watched his 'Secret History of the British Garden' ...really interesting, and has led me to several books for winter reading.

  4. That is a beautiful can. :-)
    I haven't seen the show so I watched a bit of the video clip so see how the sprinkler rose works. Looks great.
    I think you sense of humor has returned. you must be getting better.

  5. Philip once mentioned that Monty reminded him of his "Nan" . Everytime I watch GW I think about what she must have looked like !
    That is a beautiful watering can , Just don't leave it out over winter . My can filled with rain water then the freeze came :(

  6. I won a years subscription to HortusTV at the Fling raffle night. I finally signed up just today and I can't wait to immerse myself in all the goodness that is British Gardening TV. So sorry your sickness lingered so long after the Fling. What a hellish experience travel must have been for you!

  7. It's a pet peeve of mine that the gardening shows have all but disappear from televisions, PBS included. There must not be enough money in it so off the the internets we go.
    Sitting on the porch admiring your garden (and can) is a perfectly reasonable activity this time of year, when its too hot to garden, for me at least. It was good running into you yesterday at Peter's.

  8. I sorely miss garden shows but haven't watched much online. Thanks for the reminder about Gardeners' World; I've heard great things about the show. Good to hear that you're feeling well enough to get back out and play in the dirt again. Being sick sucks! Your can looks fabulous!

  9. It's true about American gardening TV shows. Why is that? There used to be a couple, like Victory Garden. There are a few radio shows out there, though. I should hunt up those Monty Don shows on Youtube.


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