Spoiler alert: it’s not actually sad.
I sprinkled a bunch of Champion Collard seeds that I’d saved over a patch of bare ground last spring mainly because I didn’t want it to erode. I wasn’t sure if the seeds were viable because at one point they got really hot, which is not good for seeds. Imagine my surprise when they grew into an amazing collard patch!
There were these great genetic anomalies that grew really tall and produced a ton of huge leaves. I wanted to save the seed from these exceptional ones, which requires leaving them out all winter and allowing them to flower in the spring.
Well the snow got to heavy for the tallest one, and I was genuinely disappointed for a while when I saw the result:
But, if a genetic mutation like these tall plants can happen once, it can happen again, so I’ll save seeds from the surviving ones and see what happens.
I never find it helpful to be disappointed for long about things in the garden. Some things work and some don’t. It’s really not under your control, and not only will you ruin your fun if you obsess over it, but you’ll miss the opportunity to observe the cool things that DO happen.