Wow, zohner, you have quite a variety yourself it sounds like.
I also forget to mention that coming up my walk way to my home are flat stones that have thyme growing in between them. It looks really nice this time of year (I'm pretty good about trying to pulling out weeds when I see them, so the thyme is nice and healthy and lush). I'll try to dry some of the herb when I get a chance soon.
Yes, babs I've read about black walnuts and the situation that occurs. I think it's called allelopathy or something along those lines. I have 3 seedlings that I've grown and now need to find this summer permanent spots for them. I need to keep that factor in mind.
I don't have an almond tree yet. A friend placed an order for a young Hall's Hardy Almond tree & I asked to also order for me 2, but she forgot. I'll have to make that my next purchase. Is there also a pecan tree that's been developed to be hardy up North? I thought I remember reading something about that. I love nuts of all types.
The St. Lawrence Nursery is a good place to look for fruit/nut trees. I figure if their trees and plants can grow up in Potsdam, NY ( near the Canadian border) in a zone 3 environment, they'll be just fine in my zone 5b setting here.