The Flowers Are Mandatory!
In the part of Bavaria, where I live, the flowers on the balcony are almost mandatory. When we just moved in the house, it was already June and the geranium were developing slowly. When they were looking better, we got hit by a hailstorm and they didn't look at all anymore :-) That was in 2003, but still a vivid memory. I think, we never spent that much (about 90€) on flowers for the balcony anymore.