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Well, it looks like summer is really here, even if not yet officially. We've had high temps in the mid-90s for several days now, and more heat is predicted this week. Of course, this IS Central Texas, so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. But what does surprise me is how fast this year is ripping by -- can you believe it's the middle of JUNE already? (!!!)
SO... since outdoor weather has been back for a while, we've been getting our front porch in shape for activity (well, when the tarantulas and giant scorpions and hornets the size of sparrows give us a chance to get out there). Bought some new furniture a few weeks ago, and over the weekend I picked up a new (OK -- "previously owned") planter at a Salvation Army store in Austin. It's going on the corner of the porch, to fill up an empty spot that's been bothering me.
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Doesn't it have some very nice BLUE flowers?
The problem is going to be finding a plant for it. It'll be right in the pathway of all the deer that pass our place -- thus, very convenient for munching. Last year, we had one of these Chinese Fringe Flower plants in that spot, and even though it was supposed to be "deer-proof," the little dears (hee-hee!) completely stripped it of leaves and blooms in just a matter of hours after it appeared.
So at the moment we're looking for something that's decorative and not dangerous, but not too yummy. Any suggestions?