We finally managed to get some new plants for our balcony a few weeks ago, and so far they’re doing really well. All of the ivy plants except one survived the winter in our basement, so we only had to replace the annuals that we had next to them last summer. This year, because we went to go buy flowers much earlier in the season, I couldn’t find any of the cool purpley-pink ones I loved so much from last year. The woman at the nursery suggested that with our limited sunlight on the balcony (only a few hours in the morning), we should try begonias and fuchsia. I wasn’t sure I’d like this combination as much as what we had last year, but I have to say they have really grown on me. And it helps that they are doing well, too.
Sadly, a blueberry bush and cherry tomato plant we also bought didn’t fare so well. I think I’m averaging 50/50 with the plants we buy, and I always feel guilty when something doesn’t make it, but hey – you do the best you can, right?