There is not a lot of decoration on our balcony. Only the hardiest of plants survive the extreme temperatures and the buffeting winds. This cyclamen was bought as indoor flowers for a week and it survived and I tried it on the balcony and it has done very well in cold and windy weather. As soon as the weather warms up, I expect it will finish.
This plant has travelled with us for quite some years. It is almost indestructible although cockatoos had a good go at it a couple of years ago. I have forgotten the name. It has sharp spikes on the woody stems, so care needs to be taken. I have a feeling that our friend in Japan may have originally given it to us. We gave it our Fijian Indian friend when we moved here, but then decided we could accommodate, so it came back. It is not at its best in winter. It adores the heat and hot sun, flowers prolifically and doesn't need much water.
Speaking of friend in Japan, these gorgeous little wombats are a couple of critters I refused to give up when we moved from the house. They sit on the return of the balcony where people step to admire the sea views. Eyes to the horizon, never mind what is on the ground, so they are minus some limbs as they have been kicked many times. Freezing cold, boiling hot, they never complain, just continue to peer into the lounge room. I loves 'em.