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Joe Landsberger
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Minnesota Noxious Weed List
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Minnesota Wildflowers
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Extremely Cold Hardy Perennials
Perennial Resource (external link)

Best Performing Perennials
Midwest Gardening  (external link)

My professional homepage

Virtual Tour of the Leech Goodrich Shrubs:

magnolia royal starApril 4, 2021:
Magnolia Royal Star

ForsythiaApril 22, 2020
Forsythia, harbinger of spring.


This is an image of one of my several, the oldest, cultivars.
March 31, 2021:  in bloom several weeks before 2020!forsythia 2021

nanking cherryApril 15, 2021 & April 28, 2020:
Nanking Cherry (Prunus Tomentosa)

An explosion of pale rose white attracts my neighboring bumblebees. I probably took 20+ photos chasing them around the bush. Thanks to those busy bees, later summer it is a race with the birds to get the delicious red berries. I highly recommend the shrub in gardens that can grow to ten feet and is "bery" hardy.

Azalea pink questApril 20, 2021 & April 30, 2020:
Azalea "Red Quest" in the morning.

This is a memorial to Lorraine Harrington, my neighbor of 30 years. I bought the property from her estate and her ashes lie there.

Golden oriole azaleaMay 1, 2020:
Azalea (Golden Oriole)

Azalea in the sunlightMay 3, 2020:
Azalea in the sunlight

Briddal wwreathMay 3, 2020
Bridal wreath

Buttonbush-Cephalanthus-occidentalisMay 8, 2021
buttonbush (Cephalanthus-occidentalis)

Persian Yellow Rose (Rosa 'Persian Yellow')May 8, 2021
Persian Yellow Rose (Rosa 'Persian Yellow')

red rhododendrumMay 12, 2020:

Golden EuonymusMay 14, 2020:
Golden Euonymus (Euonymus japonicus 'Aureo Marginata')

weigel with sokol/horaceMay 28, 2020:
Snippet Lime Weigela with Horace/Sokol

Falcon is Horace: Horus is the Egyptian God, the Sky God.
Sokol is the Czech word for falcon and symbol of its international fitness/gymnastic society of the same name reflecting strength and grace. Behind Horace is a Japanese granite lantern "Oribe".

honeysuckle arnolds redMay 16, 2020:
Honeysuckle (Lonicera-- Arnold's Red),

Nannyberry viburnum lentagoMay 17, 2020:
Nannyberry (Viburnum lentago)

variegaated dogwood cornus alba bailhalo Ivory haloMay 17, 2020:
Variegated dogwood (Cornus alba 'Bailhalo' 'Ivory Halo' ),

Shiny-leaf Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium)May 18, 2020:
Shiny-leaf Yellowhorn (Xanthoceras sorbifolium)

red wig dogwoodMay 20, 2020:
Red twig variegated Dogwood (Cornus sericea "Hedgerows Gold")

dogwood garden glowMay 20, 2020:
Dogwood (Cornus hesseyii "Garden Glow")

Pearl bush snow day blizardMay 20, 2020:
Pearl-bush Snow Day "Blizzard"

White honeysuckleMay 21, 2020:
White honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Serviceberry princess dianaMay 21, 2020:
Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Princess Diana')

mockorangeMay 24, 2020:
Mockorange is beginning to bloom but is mysterious.

It was purchased as either Phildelphus schrenkii or Minn snowflake. But schrenkii has a four-petal flower and mine has five; snowflake is a double flower and mine is not!

dwarf weigela midnight wineMay 28, 2020:
Dwarf Weigela (Midnight Wine)

lilac Ms. KimMay 28, 2020:
Lilac Ms. Kim

mockorange schrenkiiMay 29, 2020:
Mock orange (Philadelphus schrenkii)

viburnum southern arrowwoodMay 29, 2020:
Southern Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum)

shrub rose whiteMay 30, 2020:
White shrub rose: winter was very kind to the shrub roses

weigle pink princessMay 31, 2020:
Weigela pink princess

dogwood Cornus hesseyii 'Garden Glow'June 1, 2020:
Dogwood (Cornus hesseyii 'Garden Glow')

Calycanthus white flowering sweetshrub (venus) June 7, 2020:
Calycanthus white flowering sweetshrub (venus)

Beauty bushJune 8, 2022:
Beauty Bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis)

Climbing hydrangeaJune 12, 2020:
Climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris)

Hop-like fruit of the Blue beech/American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)June 23, 2020:
Blue beech/American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)

Note its hop-like fruit

American Hazelnut (Corylus americana).June 23, 2020:
American Hazelnut (Corylus americana)

Elderberry (sambucus nigra). Its companion serviceberry will provide treats for the birds.June 30, 2020:
Elderberry (sambucus nigra).

Its companion serviceberry will provide treats for the birds.

yellowhorn fruitJuly 1, 2020:
Chinese Flowering Chesnut Flowering Yellowhorn Tree Goldenhorn Popcorn Shrub Shiny Leaf Yellowhorn Yellowhorn

"The flowers, foliage and seeds are edible. The flowers and leaves are usually boiled. The seed which is about the same size as a pea has a sweet taste, will remind you of a sweet chestnut. The seed is husked and ground into a powder, then boiled."

hydrangea July 24, 2020:
Panicle hydrangea (Hydrangea paniculata)

Many varieties are characterized by large, almost pyramidal flowerheads, or panicles!

magnolia bettyJuly 26, 2020:
Magnolia "betty" bloomed in early May but has just one floral surprising reprise;

When God appeared to Moses,
it was not in the lofty cedar
nor the sturdy oak
nor the spreading palm;
but in a bush,
a humble, slender, abject shrub;
as if He would,
by these elections,
check the conceited
arrogance of man.

Owen Feltham