I’ve always loved plants. When I was young I would always be outside in the garden with my mum, she gave my brother, sister and me a lot of space and creativity to grow what we wanted.
I have strong memories of my first home grown strawberries. It’s magic, especially growing something from seed, every stage is fascinating and that wonder has never left me.
Tor sleeps in Bedfolk Linen in Ink
What makes gardening worthwhile for you?
Gardening is a balm for mind, body and soul. It can’t really be rushed and that slow pace is really calming.
There are soothing repetitive jobs that I find meditative and in general it really allows me to take time for myself, getting fresh air and dirt under my fingernails, observing all the small changes that are taking place around me.
Can you tell us about your home gardening/plant ritual?
My indoor plants need quite a lot of care at this time of year, after the fairly dormant period of Winter, everything is now bursting with Spring energy, needing a healthy balance of nutrients and water.
I’ve got to know all of my houseplants pretty well and I feel quite intuitive about what they’ll need and when. Sunday is definitely my day of plant care.
Outside I have a small wonky vegetable bed, fruit bushes and a herb garden that I go and visit every morning with my coffee in that quiet time before the rush of the day.
It’s all quite wild and not particularly neat. At the beginning of March I got organised with seed packets, pots and compost and since then there has been a steady routine of planting out, weeding and watering as needed.
Any recommendations for city dwellers on how they can get their green fingers going?
Indoor plants are an obvious starting point, they bring such life, vibrancy, colour and scent into our homes and spaces and many commonly available houseplants are extremely low maintenance.
If you have windowsill space it can be fun to grow microgreens and herbs as they grow satisfyingly quickly and are really useful in the kitchen.
If you do have a garden it can be quite daunting knowing where to start, I would start small and decide what you’re interested in growing, whether it’s flowers, vegetables, shrubs, herbs or a combination. Pick a few things, read up on them and get stuck in, you can learn from the failures more than the successes!
Tor at her home in Cornwall
What plants/flowers would you put in your bedroom and why?
There are certain plants that are noted for their ability to ‘clean’ the air, filtering out toxins and synthetic chemicals that are present in our homes.
I would choose big leafy numbers like Rubber plants and Fiddleleaf figs which are beautiful and very low maintenance, though it all depends on the position of your bedroom and how much natural light it gets.
Spider plants, snake plants and peace lilies are easy to obtain, easy to care for and have great filtering properties.
Why do you think people are so attached to their house plants? What other home comforts are you attached to?
Caring for houseplants allows us to connect with something that is natural, magical and full of life, bringing out our nurturing side and taking us outside and beyond ourselves.
The rituals of care we create around our plants can be a balm for the stresses and anxiety of modern life. They allow for a moment's pause or a chance for perspective.
I also love the comfort of my homely routines, Sunday morning lie-ins, coffee in the garden and morning yoga. A nighttime bath followed by getting into freshly laundered sheets (Tor sleeps in Linen in Ink
) and reading in bed with a good book is such a luxury