My favorite summer plants ~

This is the first year I’ve ever planted flowers in my planter or in pots on my deck. Some of them actually lived.

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The lovely balloon flower (so named for the balloon-like buds; see lower left).

 

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The indefatigable torenia, which keeps on forgiving me for not watering it frequently enough. All the other potted plants I had on my deck eventually gave up the ghost or were hopelessly battered by thunderstorms.

 

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The volunteer calibrachoa, which surreptitiously migrated to my planter from the hanging basket I briefly had on my front porch two or three months ago.

 

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Audrey the giant hosta. Small animals disappear in her clutches and are never seen again. I planted the other flowers here, but I inherited Audrey with the house.

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