Derek Draper, 53, was put in an induced coma in March after being admitted to hospital where he still remains. She has been warned six times that he is not “going to make it” and does not know how much he “can see, feel or hear”. The Good Morning Britain host told Gardeners’ World that planting bulbs has given her, and the couple’s two children Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, a sense of hope.
“It was rather sad because the radishes came, they’re one of Derek’s favourite vegetables, and we ate them and he still wasn’t better,” Kate, 53, told the BBC Two programme.
“So I then thought, we’ve got to go more long-term, planting things that were going to take longer to bear fruit. And I’d say, ‘Dad will be better by then’…
“And of course now that it’s been so long, we’ve got a huge basket of bulbs, so that when Dad comes home, the place will be full of colour. When you’re living day-to-day on a knife edge, doing something that gives you a future helps with a sense of progress, where there is none from the direct situation.
“It’s been the most important space for us. It’s been a place to find joy, hope, go a bit crazy and feel a bit unleashed in a stifling physical and emotional time that we’ve all lived through.
“It just gives you that sense of positive moving forward. You can’t think short-term in a garden, you have to plan. You have to have hope. You have to invest in a future.”
He has been battling coronavirus for longer than any other UK patient.
Kate added: “You don’t plant something unless you believe it’s going to come up, so by planting something and believing Derek will see it when it comes up, that gives us a sense of future.”
Gardeners’ World is broadcast tonight on BBC Two at 9pm.