I decided that the Rose of Sharon (double, pink) that is by the elderberries, will go. I'm giving it to my mom. It gets too big and bushy, i don't like the shredded looking flowers and it does not produce fruit. It just sits there, annoying me. So it will be moved to a new home. I also decided the same for the small hydrangea (not the big old PeeGee) and the purple smoke bush. Both need more room than i have in their spots. I tried keeping them dwarfed by pruning, but they just look stunted, not dwarfed There is a difference in my eyes. My mom is very willing to take them.
So, to fill the gaps, i decided i want fruit. Small fruit. Not apples or pears. Cherries sounded nice. Also considering my oldest daughter's recent fascination with the Washington D.C. and Japan Cherry Blossom Festivals, it seemed like a good idea. So i did some researching for very small, treelike cherry types. Carmine Jewel seems to fit the bill. Not cheap and based on reviews, not very big for almost $30 each, but excellent in all other respects (i got to use the $25 off coupon). But, i have gotten used to mail-order companies and have had no trouble with DOAs and replacements, so i'm taking the chance. I also have made no major purchases since last summer (My Raintree order, due to be shipped the end of this month), no more than $5 in seeds. All i need is seed starting mix and time. After these cherry trees come, i will be officially out of room.
Carmine Jewel is expected to be very hardy, compact- almost bushlike tree form, high yeilding, 6.5 foot plant. The fruit are sweet and a bit tart, but get sweeter the longer they are left to ripen. The flowers are supposed to be pretty and fragrant which is nice because other than the apple, i no longer have flowering plants that smell pretty.
So, maybe this weekend, i'll be digging up the old plants and the cherries should be arriving shortly after.
I need to find my camera's cable so i can post pictures again.