BBC Gardeners' World star Monty Don has fans in tears as he shares adorable snap

Monty Don planting verbena bonariensis in his garden
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Gardeners' World presenter Monty Don has moved viewers to tears after posting a touching throwback snap online. The 68-year-old veteran gardener has amassed thousands of horticultural enthusiasts online with his plant care tips and endearing bonds he shares with his dogs on the BBC show.

Tragically, Monty's Labrador, Nell, died last year, a loss that came three years after fans mourned the death of Nigel, his Golden Retriever, another of the programme's furry favourites. Each time, Monty honoured their memory with heartfelt on-air tributes and continues to keep viewers updated about his remaining canine companions, Ned and Patti.

This week, Monty took to social media to post an old photograph that captured a younger Nell and Patti nestled comfortably in his arms, a scene which showcased a beaming Monty looking fondly at the pair. Writing alongside the image, the gardening guru said: "Found this picture taken 4 years ago of Nell and Patti (and me)", eliciting a wave of emotional reactions from his followers, particularly because it included the much-missed Nell.

One follower commented: "Awww beautiful Nell, what a lovely photo," while another wrote: "They love their Dad. Dear Nell, always remembered."

"Aawww made me cry. Sending you a hug Monty for all your fur babies," expressed another fan, clearly touched by the heartwarming recollection.

"How lucky we all are to have shared our lives with beautiful furry family members, thank you for sharing yours with us," one person commented. Another individual penned: "Poor Nell. She seemed so young when Nigel died and then to be gone herself a couple of years later."

"What a beautiful photo it makes my heart ache as we lost our last golden early April xxxx," another follower shared. "She was a darling, gone too soon. Patti seems to fit really well into that nook, gorgeous photo," a fan posted.

He also shared another cherished memory of Nell which depicted her standing on two legs with her paws on Don's arm, while a puppy lay at his feet. "More memories- reassuring Nellie just a few days after Ned arrived," Don elaborated.