Erika Shank, of Amagansett, New York, submitted a series of wonderful photos of bark on trees and shrubs. They are beautiful images, and a reminder to stop, look carefully, and enjoy the details we sometimes overlook.
Garden Photo of the Day
Taking a close look at an overlooked feature
"As a recently identified gardening nut I have tried all the magazines and this one is head and shoulders above the pack."
Lovely textures all, but the Styrax obassia is really stunning, especially as it frames the large buxus and path. And I've always loved the bark on pitch pines. They look so "meaty"! Thanks for the submission.
The patterns of bark are fascinating. I enjoyed theses images!
Beautiful!!! I am a sucker for bark!, it is fascinating!
Good morning, Erika. Great photos. I am also a fan of interesting bark. Winter is a great time for these plants to show off their stuff. Thanks for sharing.
Anyone interested in additional photos of cool bark, search the FG GPOD blog under my name for a post titled Winter Bark from 2 years ago. You will see some additional beauties to complement the great photos shown here today.
Ericka, your photos are lovely! I am looking forward to seeing my River Birch and Paperbark Maple mature and show off their gorgeous bark as well. Thank you for sharing!
Thanks, Kevin. A good "re-view" of your great photos!
I really enjoyed revisiting those pictures of yours, Kevin and the Quercus palustris ‘Green Pillar’ remains quite interesting to me. I have never seen it offered at one of my local nurseries. Oh, and I played the Guess the Name game with your photos as well and got 2...practically a triumph.
Good job, Michaele. Guessing trees by only seeing the bark and be tough.
I had to drive to a nursery 125 miles away to get the Green Pillar. That was 12-15 years ago. I have only seen it one other time at a nursery. Fabulous tree. Has all the fall color of other pin oaks, but remains in a tiny space. Creates a big exclamation point.
Kevin, Thanks so much for pointing us to your prior post of 2016. You have such cool trees. That Green Pillar is amazing - But I think I have run out of space for tall trees. We added a yellow wood last fall, and that took our last open space. I'm surprised I've not seen a serviceberry (amelanchier) among the bark pictures. Ours is a baby, but that bark is also beautiful during winter.
I scrolled very slowly and had fun playing the "try to guess the name" game. And even though I scored 0 for 5, I had a very enjoyable time losing! Your photos are fabulous, Erika.
Thank-you Kevin. I also enjoy stopping and taking the time to see the beauty of bark. Very nice photos.
Enjoyed your photos of bark. I thought the Stewartia pseudocamilia was especially pretty. So many trees with interesting bark to liven up the winter months. I've been enjoying the grey bark on the large White Oak (Quercus alba), which can be seen from all the rooms on the front of my house.
I always enjoy the winter show of bark, textures and the skeletons of trees. A lot of people miss out by not planting some of the plants that show off their skin. These are all wonderful and there are SO many plants available to enjoy during the winter months.
Good morning, Erika. As others here, I’m also a bark lover. We often plant trees just for their interesting winter look. Our stewartia is still too small to show it’s true colors but we’re hopeful that it will eventually be as beautiful as yours. Thanks for these lovely photos.
Hi, Erika, Such great pictures! And a wonderful reminder that plants are so much more than their flowers. And that winter can be beautiful in its own right. Is anybody's witch hazel blooming yet? (Zone 6?). Or, does anybody have a lenten rose in bloom yet?
My hellebores are showing color but are still tightly snugged at ground level. still cold here
I have some that I planted last summer called 'Madame Lemmonier' whose vibrant pink blooms are open and showing off. I really like this variety because the blooms are outward facing and not looking down. The flowers are very noticeable.
YAY! Sounds like you are the first to have any in bloom! Which zone are you again, Michaele?
I thinks the zone maps show my part of east TN being 6b but there are years we sneak into 7a. I wish I could post a picture in the comments section to show you how pretty my 'Madame Lemmonier' is right now.
Just love these pics. The winter bark is amazingly beautiful!
There is something about the color and texture of bark that almost overrides the beauty of colorful blooms and leaves during the rest of the year. Your gardens definitely have the right 'Bones' Erica.
Glad you shared these photos Erica. A winter garden is NEVER complete without the beauty of tree bark.
What wonderful photos! I've wanted a Stewartia my entire adult life, but I'm one zone too cold. Still, I may try one in a really protected spot one day. How big does it get in our zone (I'm assuming you're 5 or more?).
Awesome pics of these tree's wood and i also like the color texture of this wood. Really nice post.
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