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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.
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.