We have had a lot of rain for the past couple of weeks. Yesterday the sun began to shine in earnest, and the garden has just exploded with growth. This is a grid of what's blooming today. All of these plants are volunteers in the garden. I didn't plant them this year and when I did plant them in a previous year, I didn't plant them where they are now growing. They have self-seeded and found themselves the perfect spot. The Columbines grow wild here in Alberta and this red and yellow one is called Aquilegia Canadensis. The little blue and pink forget-me-nots are so sweet and have seeded themselves all over the back yard in both flower beds. Their Botanical name is Myosotis which means "mouse-ered" after their rounded fuzzy leaves. We ate a lot of the chives on new, little, red potatoes - a true taste of spring. We also had a record breaking crop of dandylions this year. It seems the city was a bit slow in spraying and that has raised a big kerfuffle over it. Dandylions are certainly something that raises the ire in people. All of these plants are native to Alberta and I enjoy having them take their rightful place in my garden.