Oh, happy day! Amongst my weekend chores (including lawn mowing, weed whippering, and clipping off weedy bits from the box elder trees), I made the happy discovery that my blueberry bushes, all four of them, survived the long winter. Huzzah!
And...it looks like four of the little bush cherry trees did as well! I had figured I lost two of them early on in the summer--they were mere sticks and snapped under the weight of a certain outdoor kitty who I think was trying to use them to pogo across the ditch--so I am happy that the four that survived the kitty attack came back.
No fruit yet, of course, but hey: the plants aren't dead, so there's hope there may yet be some berries!