Collards are survivors

Collards are not dead yet
Collards are not dead yet

Well, the collards that poked their heads above the snow from time to time are definitely dead. But the collards out back on the hillside, the ones I didn’t see up close all winter not only survived, but look downright robust. They’re as tough as pansies.


Black Eye Susan seed head
Black-Eye Susan seed head

Coneflower seed head
Coneflower seed head

I also found some nifty look seed heads. The coneflower heads started out looking like the Black-Eye Susan heads, but they got picked over pretty thoroughly by the goldfinches. Even so, I basically know which is which based on where the flowers were. Now both sets of stalks are serving as markers for where I expect this year’s growth to resume. So it all works out.