At the lawn's edge in the shade of a redbud tree, this dangly brown growth hangs among the leaves of Itea virginica. I've been checking on it for weeks, but there has been no change at all. I would like to dissect it to satisfy my impatient curiosity, but I don't want to kill whatever is in there. (I'm assuming it is still alive, but it looks pretty dead.) What is it, and when will it release its contents? Will one of you know, or will we have to wait and see?