The 53-year-old Derek Draper, from Chorley at Lancashire, after being admitted was put into an induced coma in March.
The Smooth and The Great Britain presenter talked to Gardener World about how the couple’s two children Billy and Darcey and planting bulbs had given her scope of hope.
The BBC Two Show got the words by her, that reads: “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.”
“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.”
Which will be on the air, the presenter told the programme: “When you’re living day-to-day on a knife-edge, doing something that gives you a future just helps with a sense of progress, where there is actually 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 the future.”
“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.”