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