Redlove and the flight of the bumble bee

Planting trees is planting something for the future – no quick wins here my friends. It takes time for a tree to mature, whether it’s decorative or functional, fruiting or flowering. Planting a tree is like leaving a little piece of you, a reminder for generations to come that someone had the foresight to share something.

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Trees are generous garden companions – gentle on the eye, early blossoms are perfect for pollinators and countless other living creatures.

A long term plan has been to plant a tree or two on my allotment, either fruit or nuts. Allotment rules state they must be grown on dwarfing root stock so they don’t grow to huge overwhelming trees – under 2 metres is the norm. Now you all know that each allotment site varies, everyone has their own rules and those same rules are interpreted differently – but dwarfing root stock is the general request.  It seems a pragmatic request to me.

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Without further ado let me introduce you to Redlove, a tree bought by a friend. I’m not quite ready to plant it in the ground; I’ve yet to clear the area where it can grow and blossom over the years. I’ve picked a spot towards the back of my plot, far enough away from the greenhouse and shed, plenty of light and space and as it will be pruned and trained its shade will be gentle and pleasant.

I had no idea about this variety of Apple tree until I was the proud possessor; it even has its own trademark. How smart is that? The blurb describes it as “The world’s first delicious red-fleshed apple Redlove® Era Crisp and fresh with a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavours.”

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And hilariously enough goes on to say that I will have “a new eating experience!” which to my mind is rather presumptuous, but with its rosy-red flesh it will certainly be a distinctive eating experience! It goes on to say, that it has “unusual, long-lasting deep pink spring blossom”, so far it’s living up to its hype. Time will tell if I have a positive eating experience…

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I hope you enjoyed seeing my new tree and the flight of the bumble bee, bumbling away.

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60 comments

  • I’ve always been curious about those red-fleshed apples. It will be interesting to see if Redlove can live up to its breeder’s expectations. At any rate, the flowers are nice!

    • I know it will be interesting to see what it tastes like – taste is such a personal thing too! But as you say at least the flowers are pretty!

  • Well it seems someone is already having his positive eating experience… If only bees could talk… 🙂 I love that plant and its red flashed fruits, I’ve seen them advertised somewhere not long ago and I thought they looked rather bizarre. Waiting to hear about this eating experience from you, then!
    PS: what about planting the tree close to the shed and train it flat, like a fan?

    • I would have loved to plant it near the shed (the shed is painted black) and the blossoms against the black look superb, unfortunately the shed has a huge tree right next to it, in fact it shades the back of my plot beautifully. But I had thought of espalier….. but I’d have to read up on that one Alberto!

    • I paid the bee in pollen 🙂 Wasn’t that lucky as I was taking some extra photos along came the bee – serendipity 🙂

  • What a wonderful post to read alongside my morning coffee!
    Although I’m not 100% certain, your redlove variety blossoms look much like the flowers on the apple tree in the yard of my childhood urban backyard! It never got too big for our postage stamp lot so I think it will be PERFECT on the allottment!

    • How lovely, we had cherry trees in our garden at home, 4 of them and at this time of year they were a treat for the eyes, I just hope my new apple tree like salty sea air !!!

  • “Red fleshed” seems somewhat carnivorous for an apple… (Though the proud Danish variety named “Ingrid Marie” gives pink juice.)

    The flowers are lovely, though, reminiscent of pink cherry blossoms. Let’s hope your fruits will be as delectable, though I dare to question whether then will give you “a new eating experience”…

    • A friend bought it, it was going spare, so I said yes 🙂 There is an old knarly apple tree on the other plot so we’ll have to see what happens and whether the red one comes good. Maybe it would be good for juice?!

      • A spare tree sounds like a bargain! 🙂

        I’m sure the tree will be fine with a knarly old mentor in the vicinity. In my experience apples are very forgiving, whereas my pear tree is giving me all kinds of trouble and might end up on a bonfire if it doesn’t get it’s act together and stop looking sickly and giving 1 pear a year on average…

  • New apple trees are part of the long-term plan at our place – I’ll be watching to see what you think of this variety, given the similarities in our climate…
    Mine aren’t quite blooming, but could pop any moment now, if we get a few more warm, sunny days!

  • Claire, this must be the season for planting apple trees! We just purchased one from our local nursery to add to our backyard. We have a pear tree already that gives us a small, but sweet crop every year. I am looking forward to the fruit of the apple tree already which is covered with white blossoms right now.
    Planting a tree always gives me such hope. Do you feel that way?
    As always I so enjoy your thought provoking posts.m

    • definitely hope Teresa, it’s like looking towards the future, and planning a future, seeing it grow and blossom and bear fruit will take time. And thinking about it a bit more I think taking time is a good thing, too many quick hits and instant fixes in our world, taking time for something to grow and develop is a good practice.
      Wishing you a super weekend!

  • A lovely tree, and a cooperative bee! What fun, Claire!

    I just planted several bare root fruit trees in the fall. I had hoped to transplant them to the new place and was given permission to do so, but our weather is too unstable. 80 degrees one day and 40 the next. Do you think I could safely move them this coming fall? Maybe I should dig them and put them into nursery pots till the fall? (This is the internet version of thinking out loud. 😉 )

    • I think the general advice is that plants, especially fruiting types are best moved in autumn, but I don’t see why you couldn’t do a bit of moving now into big buckets, just make sure they get plenty of water 🙂

  • I’ve never heard of this red fleshed apple but that last picture of blossom and bumblebee makes me smile as I imagine the lovely image of a tree covered with blossoms under whose shade you can rest one day, even it’s just a dwarf, and eventually full of delicious apples for eating, jelly and perhaps even some cider.

  • Am intrigued by this and will wait with bated breath to hear of your new eating experience..although I think I’d best not hold my breath too!

  • Stunning, so envy that you have your blossom … we have to wait another week and me .. living in the apple county … miles and miles of blooming apple trees soon, I hope. Wonderful photos, never seen that red blossoms before … adorable photos, and you know my passion for bees and bumble bees, my hard working friends. *smile
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for this beautiful post.

    • I was in London last week and ALL the cherry trees were in bloom, a sunny day too. It was a wonderful sight! Hope you have a super week Vivi 🙂

  • I will be very curious to hear what the apples are like when they do come! Meanwhile, a gorgeous bloom on your new baby. Bonus! 😀

  • Very pretty blossoms, and I hope the fruit live up to all expectations! (Apple strudel in the autumn?) 😉

  • Your apple tree is proving a hit with the bumblebees – I love that last photo. Hope you’re suitably excited about the forthcoming ‘new eating experience’!

  • Oh, I love apples–and trees. I am not familiar with the variety, so I hope to see its fruit someday. And while everyone makes a fuss over the cherry blossoms–which are lovely–I prefer the apple blossoms.

    • That’s a tough call Alice, cherry or apple blossom…. I grew up in a house which had 4 cherry trees in the gardens, a wonderful sight, and I love fresh cherries… but apples, so classic and I love the trees as they get older and the bark gets more knarled

  • Beautiful blossoms on your new apple tree, Claire! I’ll hope with you that the fruit is every bit as impressive. Thanks for these bright pictures!

  • You know if I could do one thing over, it might be plant more trees. Time gets away from you so fast. Rabbits girdled the small apples trees I planted (over the winter), so be sure to protect your “baby” if they may be a problem for you.

  • I agree entirely that planting trees is like leaving a piece of you… it’s lovely to think that a lot of these trees will be still going strong when we aren’t!

  • Well, congratulations, Claire! And red-fleshed, too! Sounds like a real beauty. I hope you’re planning a christening. I’ll be drinking hard cider, thank you.

  • This apple is probably worth growing for the blossom, but I do wish that plant breeders would remember that we eat apples for the taste and texture and not their aesthetic appeal!

  • What a gorgeous tree with a gorgeous bumble bee in flight…terrific pics, Claire. Oh how I would love to have a fruit tree in my yard. Alas with such a canopy of pines, dogwoods, maples and others, we don’t have enough light for anything like that here. But thanks for letting me live vicariously through you and your exciting new apple tree. It sounds like the fruits will be truly good eats! 🙂

    • Hi Betsy and thank you for the compliments! BUt how wonderful that you have such trees and any trees! I think our landscapes are all the better for trees, so I’m imagining your beautiful trees and all the wildlife that enjoys then 🙂

  • Wow! Those blossoms resemble our pink dogwood this time of year…I can hardly imagine a red-fleshed apple, but won’t it be extraordinary! What a prize from your friend!

      • It HAS Claire…and would you believe, I’ve got seeds and seedlings planted. Our beautiful golden has been by my side as I get a vegetable garden in the ground…full-fledge this time! (You’ve inspired me, you should know.) xx

  • What a stunning apple tree, am i right? rosy flesh? wow.. it will be a fantastic addition to your gorgeous allotted space.. i am so charmed by your allotment, i miss it in the winter.. c

  • I’m trying to improve in my long range planting/planning. It’s not been one of my strong suits but the garden provides a good platform from which to learn.

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