Five months ago, I put dozens of flower bulbs in the ground. Ideally, each of them would bloom into a spring flower. Reality is a bit less abundant: a certain amount of bulbs must be sacrificed to squirrels. I planted so many bulbs in the ground last fall I can't remember where they were all planted. At some point last week, walking across the yard I caught sight of a stick in the soil and idly wondered why it was there. A few days later, a realization struck: that stick was stuck there by me to mark some bulbs. These bulbs seem to have escaped the squirrel rampage and have started to emerge.