Last year, Hubster & I planted four weeping cherry trees and a Japanese maple. One weeping cherry didn’t make it through the first year, but we had a one-year warranty and replaced it. While we were at the garden center, we decided to finally start our own mini orchard.
The past few weeks we’ve been busy planting, mulching, and watering our 12 new trees. Two were ornamental; the weeping cherry and an Eastern redbud.
We planted 10 fruit trees in a line wrapping around from the top of the hill behind our house and curving down the hill to the left side of our house. The new mini orchard perfectly frames our pool, fire-pit, and hammock. Starting from the back to the front we planted one of each: Golden Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple, Red Delicious Semi-Dwarf Apple, Methley Semi-Dwarf Plum, Bruce Semi-Dwarf Plum, Keiffer Semi-Dwarf Pear, Bartlet Semi-Dwarf Pear, Elberta Semi-Dwarf Peach, Hale Haven Semi-Dwarf Peach, Black Tartarian Cherry, and Bing Semi-Dwarf Cherry.
The foliage is already filling in nicely, and some small blooms have appeared. I’ll post an update once they’re a little more established.