late fall plantings
I planted 2 surefire cherries, a blue byrd plum and a geneva mirabelle plum around Dec 1st last year. The nursery I ordered them from prefers to ship stone fruits in the spring, but I was impatient and figured winter would be mild. Wow was I wrong! I really didn't think those trees would make it, and I've already lost a 3 year old reliance peach and intrepid peach this spring. As of today, however, I see a decent amount of green poking through on the cherry tree buds, and a little bit on the plums. It's still early, but I was pretty impressed. I have poorly drained soil (I think that is what did the peaches in) and planted these four trees on the highest mounds I've done yet and mulched then really well.