Bulbs 50% off, just past the light-up reindeer
I found respite in the garden center, however, when I came across a bin marked with a hastily handwritten sign: Spring Bulbs 50% Off. How could I avoid the temptation of 50% off? And especially now that my resistance was down, having just passed a display of hideous light-up and inflatable lawn ornaments stacked high to the ceiling. I couldn't. I didn't.
I picked my way through the dregs at the bottom of the bin and came up with one bag of 'Remembrance' crocus bulbs and one bag of muscari (grape hyacinth). The tulips tempted me, but I knew they wouldn't stand a chance against the squirrels. (Notice I wrote squirrels, plural, since the little buggers come in multiples now.)
I don't know if these bulbs are squirrel-proof, but at half price, here's to trying. I planted most of them under one of the trees in our backyard, and I put a few next to the azaleas out front.