Yesterday, my friend, Jill and I, drove up to Monches Farm, in Wisconsin to look for unusual perennials. We were not disappointed. Our favorite one was the Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree. You can only imagine it with snow on it's branches. It's leaves are also crinkly and twisted. Other favorites included a tree peony, with ruffled yellow flowers. A fuzzy leaf plant, similar to lamb's ear was also purchased and brought back to our gardens in Illinois. Before leaving, we had to visit the resident peacock, doves and chickens.After all, a little bit of idyllic country is soothing to the soul. We are planning a trip back in May, when the scented geraniums are available and more is in bloom.