Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

1st sign of spring--a gardening catalog!

Gardening, Interesting places, Just for fun!, WISCONSIN

One of the sure signs of spring are the gardening catalogs that arrive in my mailbox. I received the first yesterday, and what a beauty! It was from Klehm's Song Sparrow Farm and Nursery in Avalon, Wisconsin.

The catalog features some of the most beautiful peonies, daylilies, and hostas I have ever seen. They also have some unique shrubs and perennials. Unfortunately, the plants also feature a hefty price tag, but the photos do inspire.

My sister and I first discovered Klehm's outstanding peonies on a trip to Long Grove, IL in 1990. One of the shop keepers had a huge bouquet of flowers that were so unusual, we did not recognize them as peonies. We asked where they were from and she said, Klehm's.

I would love to take a field trip to visit their nursery, but alas, they are only a mail order company. I will just have to settle for the vicarious pleasure of perusing the catalog and dreaming of sunny days in the garden. (Spring is still 2 months away.)

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