Something a little gross
I tried taking a photo of this, but could never get it to work. I have a violet that did something really creepy over winter. It died back down to the ground, but left this solid, brain-like mass of hard stuff at its exposed crown. I mulched the bed heavily, and nothing else had an exposed crown, so this plant really just seemed like it wanted this...thing esposed. It was actually a bit disgusting. But it leafed out a couple of weeks ago, and now has fairly normal looking purple violet flowers. I can try to take some pics of the growth, but can anyone identify that weird life form left over the winter?