I don't know about the hovering bee, but my guess is that the other one is a male carpenter bee. Enjoy your weekend!!Reneexoxo
Whatever it is, it's GINORMOUS!Hope you have a great weekend too, sister!
I've consulted my Audubon Society field guide and narrowed down that first bee to either a mining bee or a bumble bee. I have no idea about that hovering thing. Mystery plant #1 could be canada goldenrod, but I'm not positive. If it is canada goldenrod, it may spread pretty aggressively. It will help to see it in bloom to identify it. Mstery plant #2 is definitely a type of violet - did it have yellow, white, or purple flowers?
Mystery plant #2 is definitely a wild violet which will take over your garden bed and lawn. It's really pretty in early spring with violet flowers, but then it spreads like mad. Really aggressive. I'd yank as much of it out as soon as I could, if I were you/Kevin.
Also, think Mystery Plant #1 is a weed. Probably needs to be yanked as well.By the way, about Sam the Ram - mine had a couple different cable patterns. Another knitter on Ravelry had substituted patterns and I liked what she did. She very graciously sent me Excel charts she created. It is a really interesting and fun project.
Like any plant, "wild" or not, violets will spread aggressively under the right conditions and when they do not have competition. I have groups of three different types of native-Michigan violets and they are all well-behaved. A weed is only a weed if you don't want it growing in your yard.
I think I'll be yanking both out. Kevin seems to think that I'm neglectful and this is the result. He's right, I'm too busy doing fun stuff. I'll remove them both ASAP.
Without seeing the flowers, I can't be sure, but I think #1 could be "fireweed"
Removing them is only the first step. You'll need to plant something in their place or cover the area with mulch. Otherwise, you'll end up with something else that you may not want! I still say keep some of the violets!
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