Photo taken outside in the back yard this morning after putting the tomatoes on the bench and noticing the play of yellow/ red, the insistent little "rudi's" poking through the lattice, and the smallest tomatoes seemingly collectively turned to greet them. I imagined them . . . conversing. Only later did it occur to me how different are their lifecycles. The tomatoes have to be planted anew year after year after year, while the rudbeckias,echinacia, strawberries, raspberries, lemon balm, lavender, chives, mint and parsley all just automatically arrive and claim their usual spaces. Some, like the raspberries, insist on 'traveling'. A few even migrated into the tomato patch this year. The strawberries, I see, are moving as well, beyond their designated borders. Encroachables on the march. And don't let's even talk about the mint! My perennials continually surprise me.