It is apple blossom time again. Our old, gnarled apple trees are covered in pink and white blossom, some even tinged a dark red, making our little orchard so beautiful in the Spring sunshine. A romantic picture if ever there was.
So it’s little wonder that apple blossom is linked up with love and romance as in the 1956 hit song for the Andrew’s Sisters, “Apple Blossom Time”
“I’ll be with you in apple blossom time,
I’ll be with you to change your name to mine,
One day in May I’ll come and say
Happy the bride the sunshine’s on today…..”
Also recorded by Nat King Cole, Connie Francis, Vera Lynn and covered by many others, this song epitomises love in the Springtime.
And there is a little bit of romance in the wonderful names that gardeners and horticulturalist of Victorian times gave to our apple trees: Beauty of Bath, Cornish Gillyflower, Devonshire Quarrenden, Pitmaston Pineapple, Egremont Russet or the more prosaic Tom Putt, Lord Derby or Bramley’s Seedling, or simply ‘Mother’.
And as we look at the beautiful apple blossom in the orchard, we know that Summer lies ahead and, if the weather is good over the months ahead, by early autumn our apple trees will be loaded with delicious fruit.