This Morning: David Domoney’s advice on house plants
David Domoney has revealed a shake-up on This Morning during lockdown at home with just him, his wife and children, left him in a panic.
The horticulturist has provided his garden expertise on the show for many years and is no stranger to fronting a live segment swimmingly.
A change during lockdown, however, left him panicked behind-the-scenes, as he had to record in a different way for the first time.
Due to restrictions at the time, David, 60, had to link and set up the camera himself using cardboard and Blu Tack.
Recalling the moment, he spilled: “I got a call from This Morning saying, ‘Have you got an iPad?'”
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Once he confirmed that he did, David said they then asked him to link it up from his greenhouse and do a live link with AirPods.
“It was just Adele [his wife] and myself in the house and young children,” he recalled. “It was a terrifying experience.”
“I don’t mind presenting, but [not] when there’s an iPad with a bit of Blu Tack and corrugated cardboard holding a camera tripod that we found in the loft, broadcasting to millions of people, making sure that it stayed in its position.”
Despite David’s concerns, ITV told him viewers were loving the content, as they did with his co-star Alan Titchmarsh.
The This Morning regular has gained praise from many since becoming a TV star, including from The late Queen Elizabeth II and Pamela Anderson.
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Eamonn Holmes once dubbed him the model’s favourite gardener after Pamela liked one of his “quirky items” as a guest on the show.
David laughed as he revealed the title had stuck with him ever since, adding: “I’d be proud to inspire anybody!”
Of meeting Queen Elizabeth II on several occasions, he went on to say they bonded over their “natural affinity” to gardening.
The late monarch admired the moment he put 15 piranhas in the world-famous underwater garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show back in 2009, which won him a gold medal.
David is supporting Greene King’s grassroot sport funding scheme where 10p from pints of Greene King IPA sold (plus 50p from 4x500ml can packs) goes towards funding grassroots sports clubs.
The horticulturalist said of his involvement: “Pitch maintenance is an incredibly complex business – it takes months of dedicated, specialist care to keep a track, pitch or court up to standard and the sad reality is, many clubs can’t afford it.
“For many sports, specialist equipment it needed to maintain the turf all year round, and with disruptive weather, which we get a lot of in this country, it can have a serious impact on maintenance.
“As well as financial implications, poor quality turf is a major safety issue, and unfortunately many clubs are being forced to cancel games rather than risk injury for their players.
“I’m incredibly proud to support Proud to Pitch In, so if you want to do your bit for grassroots sport, make sure you pick up a pint of Greene King IPA today.”
This Morning airs weekdays from 10am on ITV.
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