In the garden: Is this a weed?
This purple flower is pollinator magnet. But what is it?
Normally bees buzz, a low-pitched drone from their wings, but they make the oddest noise after entering these blossoms for nectar: A higher-pitched, brief whir, rather like sandpaper coming loose from a sander while sanding.
I am coming to the conclusion that I like the garden not for the outcome, the vegetables (and fruits (and one day, nuts)), or even the sharing of them, but because I like being in the middle of a great number of complicated organic systems. I suppose another word for that is being alive, but you know what I mean.
UPDATE Adding, I just got hit with what looked like a burst of dandelion fluff, and then a baby-blue damselfly landed on my desk. So what I said about being alive.