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Sally’s garden in Maryland, in winter

Photo/Illustration: All photos courtesy of Sally Barker

Today’s photos are from Sally Barker in Maryland. We’ve visited Sally’s garden several times and today we get to see what her garden looks like in snow!

She says, “Here are a few Fall/Winter photos from my garden. I couldn’t resist the view through the leaves of the ‘Waterfall’ Japanese maple. Without doubt the star of the winter garden is the ‘Natchez’ crape myrtle! The bark color is amazing. It is surrounded by a
grouping of evergreen Microbiota decussata. Other winter pleasures are berries from skimmia and nandina, evergreen shrubs, birdbaths, the stone patio, and lovely hellebore blooms above my kitchen sink. Hope you enjoy.”

I am soooo visiting your garden this year, Sally. Maryland road trip!

—-Winter is the perfect time to take a photographic stroll through the photos you took in your garden this year……and then send some in to me at [email protected]!

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  1. wGardens 02/05/2014

    Absolutely Fabulous! Love these photos~ can't even choose a fave! The crepe myrtle is so lovely; I wish we could grow them here. A great shot with the Japanese Maple~ one of my favorite trees. Love those birdbaths- especially the carved stone! You have a stunning all-season garden... would LOVE to visit sometime! Thanks for sharing again!!!

  2. greengenes 02/05/2014

    Iam at lose of words this morning! I cant hardly wait for spring! Its coming! Seeing your pics, Sally, really makes me want to do some more plantings around here. You have done a great job of creating a tapestry of green and other colors. I sure like your stone patio and steps. Very nice older maples,too. This is a garden that really inspires. The Crape myrtle tree is absolutely to die for. Here in Washington state its hard to keep them alive so to get the bark color we use a tree, paper bark maple. Well these pics will be looked at more than once, twice, thrice,...thanks so much for sending these in!

  3. user-1020932 02/05/2014

    beautiful as always! a true 4 season garden and i love it all. i like Natchez Crape myrtle more in winter than i do when in flower there is nothing quite like their bark display but i love the paper bark maples too! i'm feeling a lot of pent up garden fever on this site lately :)

  4. flowerladydi 02/05/2014

    Lovely photos Sally,,,,, I too LOVE the Crape myrtle,,,,actually covet it!,, as we can not grow it here in our zone 5,,, Love Microbiata as well!,,, it's winter color is so pleasing., I have one on standard and it is cascading all along the ground now,,,
    I love the view from your kitchen window with the Hellebore!,, what a cheery site to wake up to, looking out on your lovely yard., I can imagine in spring it is just a burst of color and fabulous green with all the trees in the background - beautiful photos, beautiful yard! Thank you!!

  5. GardenGrl1 02/05/2014

    I am just IN LOVE with your garden. After viewing your photos from warm seasons, and the winter view, I am ready to revise my garden plans and get to work!

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  6. greengenes 02/05/2014

    Yes, to tntreeman, for sure on the pent up garden fever... We have the flower and garden show in seattle which starts today so there will be a big release! Its so great to be around others that share the same passion of gardening! Ive enjoyed getting to see and know somewhat all you who are on this site. Hopefully I will be able to meet Michelle at the show. Spring will come soon!

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    meander_michaele 02/05/2014

    Well, Sally, with that enticing view from your kitchen window, you would have to fight me for the privilege of doing the morning dishes. Don't count on me to be speedy with the task, though, I would dawdle and get lost in reverie as I thought about the upcoming spring. How wise you were to "harvest" some hellebore blooms to enjoy indoors...those colors look exquisite. I always go gaga over the bark of the 'Natchez' crape myrtle...yours is a stunning as they get!

  8. mainer59 02/05/2014

    Gorgeous every season! I love it when we can use the links to see previous submissions.

  9. tractor1 02/05/2014

    I love winter, gives me a well earned break from gardening and a wonderful change of scenery. I too am enjoying the view through Sally's window. This is today's wintry view from my glass slider towards my neighbor:

    I already received a good six inches of the white stuff and I suspect that will double before the day is out.

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 02/05/2014

    Stunning! I can't say that I miss my time living in Maryland because I was in grad school in Baltimore, not doing much of anything exciting, but I do envy your ability to grow crepe myrtle, and I spy a camellia on your windowsill as well. One of my favorite gardens I've seen virtually!

  11. annek 02/05/2014

    Such a wooded, "nested" feeling your garden and home have. The bark on the crepe myrtle is to-die-for. Very lovely photos and layout. Thanks for sharing

  12. GrannyMay 02/05/2014

    What a wonderful cozy feeling to be inside at your kitchen window, looking out at the winter beauty! Sally, your garden is gorgeous no matter the season and whatever direction you face! Crepe myrtle, Japanese maple, favourites everywhere! I have been admiring all the views in your previous posts and would definitely enjoy wandering around seeing it all in person. Thank you!

  13. quinquek 02/05/2014

    Absolutely wonderful! (I knew this was one of the gardens I've been copying to Evernote.) When I saw the Hellebore, the Crepe Myrtle, and Japanese Maple, I realized I have to stop dithering and plant all of the above. Hopefully they'll grow up some before I hit my 70's!

  14. pattyspencer 02/05/2014

    Lovely pics - my favorite is the 4th one down on the right side - really pretty winter pic

  15. cwheat000 02/05/2014

    Your garden is a winner in all seasons. All the interesting evergreens and branch forms and colors are divine! The view from your warm and lovely home makes winter look pretty good.

  16. GrannyCC 02/05/2014

    It is lovely to appreciate our gardens in winter too. Yours is a gem with so many interesting shapes. Thanks for sharing the winter scene.

  17. PamWittenberg 02/05/2014

    I loved comparing these pics to previous pics and imagining all those hostas sleeping under the snow...

  18. NevadaSue 02/05/2014

    Sally, your garden is one of my all time favorites. Even in winter it is so lovely. My Nevada garden will never even get close to this kind of beauty but your principles for gardening have influenced me a great deal. Thanks for sharing your winter beauty.

  19. janeeliz 02/05/2014

    How very lovely, Sally! I especially love the view of your whole yard looking enchanted covered with snow. We lost most of our snow covering and I've been missing it but today's storm is dumping a good foot on our Maine gardens. What a gorgeous view you have from your kitchen window! I'm drooling over the beautiful photo of your peachy pink hellebore. The light on it is wonderful. Which one is it? And your mature crape myrtle is so handsome...sure wish they would grow in Maine!

  20. tractor1 02/05/2014

    I still don't mind the snow. It's still snowing here in the Catskills but I plowed my driveway and all the way to the barn so those barn cats can be fed. My back yard:

  21. John429 02/06/2014

    As a newbie here, I hadn't seen Sally's garden before, so I was grateful to Michelle for including the links showing her garden in summer and fall, which I completely enjoyed! Wow!! Sally, you have done an incredible job with your garden and surrounding yard. The curves of the beds really show an artist's touch and give great depth to the entire view. It's hard to imagine how much work this must have been converting the former "skateboard ramp" area into such a paradise! So impressive and beautiful!

  22. janetsfolly 02/06/2014

    Just went back thru all the photos. I'm just speechless. Such a labor of love! Thank you for sharing, Sally!

  23. user-7007076 01/13/2015

    I especially love the range of fall colors you've achieve though all your season are beautiful! Also, I enjoyed season your previous post of your new roadside garden that greets visitors. What a warm and grand entry you've created!

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