Kate Garraway reveals how gardening helps her cope as husband Derek Draper remains in hospital

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Kate Garraway has opened up on how gardening has helped her cope while her husband Derek Draper remains in hospital.

Derek, 53, was admitted to hospital and put into an induced coma back in March after falling ill with Covid-19.

Good Morning Britain presenter Kate, also 53, has now revealed to Gardeners' World how planting bulbs has given her and their two children, Darcey, 14, and Billy, 11, a sense of hope.


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She told the BBC Two show: "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."

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The blonde beauty explained that living in such uncertainty makes you cling to a project that gives you a sense of achievement and progression.

"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," she said.

Kate, who recently made an emotional plea to viewers after an anti-lockdown protest in London, continued: "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.


Inside Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway's home she shares with her husband and two children

"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.

"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."

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The presenter, who recently vowed to keep smiling as she shared an inspirational quote from her husband's hospital ward, also spoke about what it's like FaceTiming her other half from their garden.

She said: "I'd sit in the garden and do that and talk about the things that he loved. It's a lovely thing to do.

"It's obviously been an odd year for the world, and very directly, personally for me."

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