In an interview with The Mirror, Antonia explained that no one had any idea the plants were fake.
“My mum battled cancer for five years, but sadly passed away in November 2013. She was hospitalized for the last few weeks. It was very traumatic for all of us. I live here in London, so I was back and forth to South Africa a lot.”
“When she was in the hospital, she told my dad that he was under strict instructions to water the plants in the bathroom. There was a purpose-built container for real plants with a drain, but my mum must have replaced them with plastic ones. None of us knew.”
“It was hilarious. They were always jokers. Once, my daughter sent them a picture she had drawn of ‘naughty Grandad’ jumping on the bed and granny being shocked. They recreated the picture and sent it back to her.”
“My mum died a while ago, so this is a lovely memory of her for my dad.”
“I was totally shocked when I saw how many people liked it. What has been lovely are the responses from so many people remembering their loved ones who have gone.”
“Or people wanting to have the same relationship as my parents did. Or sharing stories of how they’ve done similar stuff.”
“It brought a tear to my dad’s eye to see how happy it has made so many people and that’s been so brilliant. Remembering my mum in such a positive way like this means a lot to us.”