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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.
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.
I can’t help wondering if the sticking plaster was strictly necessary. Made me look a bit silly.
A ROSE IS BORN
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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…..one last thing. I have my own facebook page. Please help me get more likes than Paddington and Pooh and especially Pauline.