1. The scent of a flower.

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - Garden Market -

Petu­nias have a heav­enly scent in the early part of sum­mer, be­fore they have been pol­li­nated. It is es­pe­cially ev­i­dent at dusk. Once the bees and oth­ers have done their work, there is no longer any rea­son to in­vest in this kind of man­u­fac­tur­ing, which was only done to at­tract the pol­li­na­tors in the first place, so they stop putting out. Hmmm. Sounds fa­mil­iar...

2. Dead­head­ing.

At one time, petu­nia gar­den­ers spent half the sum­mer pinch­ing off dead blos­soms to en­sure that they would con­tinue to pro­duce flow­ers and not seeds. The lat­est hy­brids no longer re­quire that pleas­ant labour as they are bred to keep pro­duc­ing blos­soms no mat­ter what.

3. An il­lus­tri­ous and some­times dan­ger­ous fam­ily.

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