Ok, so it's daytime, but that doesn't have the same ring to it. Besides, it's harder to take photos at night.
This dogwood (Cornus florida) was part of one of those Arbor Day Foundation packages that I convinced my father to sign up for when I was in high school. It grew to around five or six feet, but two years ago, rodents chewed the bark at the base, stripping a couple inches off all the way around. Yet this is the second spring that it has leafed out.
Looks totally normal, right?
And yet looking at the base....
I'm not fooling you. It's stripped all the way around. Yet it apparently has enough energy to continue putting out new leaves. As you can see, the bark has grown a little, but it is far from reconnecting with the roots. While the xylem may still be bringing water and nutrients up the trunk, I can't see how the roots have survived without sugars coming down the phloem from above. I'm amazed that it was able to survive for one year after having its bark stripped, let alone two.
I might actually be able to save it by grafting a strip of bark from above to the stripped area, if I ever get around to it. Otherwise I don't expect it to live another year, despite its seemingly tenacious will to live.
Have you had a plant survive when all signs pointed to the compost pile in the sky?