Posted: 20/11/2014 at 12:54
Hospital wards now don't allow patients to have vases of fresh flowers by their beds because the water in the vase can harbour bacteria, and I imagine that it's the danger of infection while her immune system is damaged due to chemo etc that the doctors are worried about.
While I understand that you want to cheer her up and help her get back to a normal life, as she's been so very poorly I'd really take the doctors' advice on board.
Maybe there's other ways of helping her enjoy plants etc. while she's getting her strength and immune system back - planning new planting schemes, looking at specialist seed catalogues, making a list of gardens to visit in the spring?