Once upon a long time ago (a couple hundred million years ago according to evolutionary biologists),  there were no flowers.  And darkness was upon the face of the deep (according to other authors of ancient history).

Then suddenly flowers came into being.

Thank goodness.

“Flowers changed everything.”

–Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire

Indeed.  

flowers on the table

Fast forwarding to the present: I found these beauties suffocating in a cheap cellophane cocoon and stuffed in the discount bin at the grocery store. They cleaned up quite nicely.