Buds of Hot Chocolate
Editor Des

My guardian Pauline Conolly grew a special rose called Hot Chocolate. ‘Come and smell it Des’ she said. So I did, just to make her happy.

Editor Des smelling Hot Chocolate rose.
It did smell like hot chocolate I think.

I took a deep breath of the perfume and then…wham!! A  *#@!*!*# bee stung me right on the nose.

It was truly horrible. Naturally I showed admirable bravery though, because that’s just how I roll. My girlfriend Milly took the stinger out.

Editor Des and Milly
Nurse Milly to the rescue.

I can’t help wondering if the sticking plaster was strictly necessary. Made me look a bit silly.

Editor Des bee sting
Oh Good Grief


Do you know what? A few days later that  floribunda Hot Chocolate rose produced a crimson bloom with white flashes. Completely different to all the others on the bush.  We could hardly believe our eyes. I think Mother Nature  felt sorry about the bee sting and made something wonderful just for me.

Hot Chocolate rose with sport.
Parent and offspring.

Yes, it was a new rose! Pauline said it’s called a ‘sport’.  She has named it Editor Des. (I asked her to, just quietly.) Well I think I might have somehow pollinated it with the help of that bee, so it’s only fair really. Just think, one day I (well my rose) might be exhibited at the Royal Easter Show….or even at the Chelsea Flower Show. A gold medal winner for sure, wouldn’t you say?

I would say ‘Every cloud has a silver lining’ , but that’s a cliché and I’m an editor. You would never hear me utter something so trite.

The Editor Des Rose
In all its glory.

As for  the bee sting…..all is forgiven. I love roses now, especially my very own one. Pauline says it won’t be official until I proper…propagate it and register it, whatever that last bit means.

Anyway, I have planted a cutting in a little pot. I’ll keep you posted.

EXCITING UPDATE   March 3 2018………My rose cutting has struck! Can you see the new foliage by Froggy’s knee?

Editor Des strikes his new rose.
Oh wow!

SEPTEMBER – 2019 OK, it’s in the ground now, surrounded by other roses and a circle of pink petals. You can’t see them, but there are tiny new season shoots.

Des and his own  little rose.

FEBRUARY-2020 Just wow….it has a bud!!. Milly and I are on watch because it’s my birthday this week and my own rose with the special white flashes would be the most wonderfullest present ever.

Editor Des and Milly on rosebud watch.
Birthda rose almost out.

OK, it wasn’t the SPECIAL new rose, but it’s still beautiful.

Hang on….I see white flashes. OH YES….its the EDITOR DES rose!

By the way, I used to have a thriving kitchen garden.  Click here and see what you think.

Oh… last thing. I have my own facebook page. Please help me get more likes than Paddington and Pooh and especially Pauline.

  1. May I borrow Editor Des? He’d love it here, lots of birds and possums to play with… I would ask just one thing of him, that he takes the time to smell the roses..

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