Although the daffodils are all but done, and though the tulips will soon begin to fade, the garden looks pretty great right now. The purplish ground phlox make such a great showing when they come out en masse. The white candytuft toward the back are also out, but these plants aren't as hardy as the phlox. Of the eight candytufts that I started with several years ago, only two remain. All of those phlox, however, started out as just three tiny plants. Aside from being hardy, the phlox are evergreen. They provide foliage all the year round although you can't much see it in winter. To the bottom left are several of the many, many forget-me-nots that grow wherever the winds take the seeds. My father planted a few for us about ten years ago or more, and they just keep on gloriously re-seeding themselves and growing in greater abundance every year.
I would say that a Canadian garden can look pretty darn good on May 12th. Wouldn't you?