Hi, Mshel, I had a good chuckle with your statement, "the Bumblebees loved me the most". To that I would respond, a bee knows a Good Woman when they see one, hehe! Also my Gentle Dad shares that Good trait. He is very patient, calm and slow moving, the complete opposite of my whirling dervish of a Mom! I'm like my Mom, extremely fidgety, hyper and never still or calm unless I'm at work. Only then do I settle into obsessive intensity and focus. Well, with my gentle Dad, he can attract all kinds of living creatures. When we were at Powell Gardens visiting the special butterfly exhibit, the butterflies would constantly land on him, lol! no chance of that happening with me and my Mom, haha! the butterflies wouldn't land on anyone save for my Dad. Some people just have that Magic to them, haha!
Hey, also hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day too with your daughter. Eluane, my border collie, just celebrated her birthday the day before Mother's Day. Eluane's my "fur baby" as dog owners in England term it.
About plants, my favorite rose forums are the Peter Beales forum in England for rose information, friendships, and organics, and the Rose Gallery at Gardenweb for the friendships themselves. At both forums my moniker and title is the Lumpy, Lopsided Gardener. My garden is actually extremely ugly for a rose gardener, because many of my plants are still babies and seedlings and have a long way to go before the plant matures and fills out. Lol, I bet I still outkill you in terms of plants and I should wear a disclaimer that says Beware of the Lumpy Lopsided Gardener outside of my gate, and on my shopping cart too, lol! But that's what's so great about being so over-enthused. We never give up, and we always try our hardest. One of these days it will work, lol! (I think, haha!)
Bumblebees are the most lovey-dovey, don't you think? They are so easy-going, laid back and very easy to please when it comes to selecting flowers for them, and they even will visit the fragrant single open-faced antique roses. Not so with the finicky, picky diva honeybee! I notice I love high-maintenance, time-consuming creatures like Border Collies, honeybees and the fragile, fussy hybrid teas. Bumblebees are the only laid back creature I've ever been interested in. However, most do not exist in my neighborhood as well. Everyone uses Merit on their grass and I suspect grubkillers kill off all bumblebees. It's been ages since I've seen a bumblebee. Only those dang Carpenter bees. My neighborhood has tons of Carpenters...