But now, eight weeks later, his two-bedroom bungalow in Norfolk, eastern England, is so full of succulents, cacti and other breeds of domestic plants that he has to move several pallets of plants just to get into his bed. at night.
Notman, who lives with his partner, Byron, and his 11-month-old daughter, Maggie, initially brought 2,000 plants home from her shop, the Leslie Terrance Home gift shop and gardens, after making the decision to close it one day. before the UK the blockade was announced on March 23rd.
But since it was sold, he has now ordered and sold 12,000 plants from his home in total, following an increase in online orders.
And now his house is now so full of plants, on every possible surface, that they hang on drain pipes, curtain rods and even in the shower.
“We closed the shop and transported all the plants to my house,” he told CNN. “And now, since we have had so many orders, I have had to order others.
“We live in the middle of nowhere along a side street and we had to take trucks to drop them on top of the road, and then I had to go back and forth with Maggie in the car,” he said.
“I had a fairly large collection (of plants) as it was, let alone with this lot here.”
Little Maggie is used to being surrounded by plants, Notman said, although not usually by so many people, and now the couple has to make sure the plants don’t stay on the floor in case you try to eat them or accidentally slam them outside. above.
Taking care of plants at home is a 24-hour operation, Notman added.
“It’s crazy – I spend most of the day packing my bags (orders) and then when my daughter goes to bed I put more goods online, and then in the morning – because they are rather high maintenance systems – I have to go round tending to them.
“Now I have a habit of doing it sometimes while I go, when I’m cooking tea or something, and when I’m in the shower I end up picking plants! It’s like a full-time and constant job.”