Winterizing and planting bulbs

I want to thank all of you for sharing your kind hearts and deep felt sympathy for me and my family with my mom's passing this past week. 
On Tuesday we will be taking my mom to Michigan to be buried next to my dad.  Terry and I will be staying a few extra days.  We rented a cute cottage to have a few days to find a little peace and rest.


Yesterday we winterized the garden beds.  Raked leaves and prepared the flower beds for planting bulbs.

We planted 150 bulbs.  Hoping they will pop up this Spring and look pretty in the flower beds.

It is kind of hard to see but in the bottom right corner you can see the tip of a very long auger bit that Terry attached to his drill to make deep large holes to put the bulbs in the ground.  Boy did that make planting so much easier.


We purchased this Critter Ridder that you sprinkle on the top of the soil after planting your bulbs.  It is supposed to keep squirrels, chipmunks etc. from digging up your bulbs.  Hope it works and we see lots of pretty flower next Spring.

Have a great start to the new week.


32 comments

  1. Good morning dear friend. How clever of you both for using a drill to prepare the soil for planting! LOVE IT! And I hope your time in Michigan is rich in tranquility and hope. Sending you virtual hugs.

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  2. I was sorry to heat of your mothers passing. Your heart will always be filled with memories of her.

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  3. You're all in my prayers every day. I'm glad you're taking some time away from home to heal. So important. Let me know how that critter stuff works, I could sure use something to help here. Of my 100 bulbs, only a handful are left. Pretty sure it's the squirrels...

    Hugs xoxoxo

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  4. Planting hope! Enjoy your time away to rest and recover, Kris & Terry. ♥

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  5. Safe travels to Michigan. Have a wonderful few days filled with rest and relaxation that you so well deserve.

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  6. Wow Kris! That is a lot of bulbs, and what a fabulous idea for making all of those holes, the easy way. I just love the name of that product you used 'Critter Ridder' - fingers crossed that it works, so you can have the pleasure of all of those beautiful flowers in the Spring. Something lovely to look forward to. Also, being out in the garden, will have done you both a power of good - gardening being so good for the soul. Enjoy your time away from everything and everybody, after you have laid your Mom to rest. Hugs, Gilly x

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  7. Thinking of you during this difficult week ahead, Kris. I hope your few days at the cottage there will bring you rest. Come spring, those bulbs will bring even more beauty to your home.

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  8. I know this is not an easy time for yall...hoping the time away in the cottage will bring some rest and peace to you and yours. Thanks for reminding me to try and plant a few bulbs..and I did not know about the critter digups..wow.. Your blog is uplifting and educational for me. Take care.

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  9. All I've done to winterize is to take the fountain apart and have my daughter bring it inside (it was heavy) and I brought the top of the ceramic bird bath in. Oh, and also I unhooked the hose. You two always find the cutest cottages to stay in. Enjoy.
    Brenda

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  10. I hope you enjoy your stay in MI after you say your final goodbye to your mother. Hope you get lots of rest. The one thing we have never planted here is bulbs. I don't know why...just something we forget about come late fall, I guess. Brian was outside for 4-1/2 hours straight yesterday, cleaning out the gutters, raking, dumping plant pots, washing them out, then covering all the patio furniture and grill. I helped a little bit, but he did most of the work. Always so much to do in our climate come early spring and late fall!

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  11. Fingers crossed for a nice bounty next year!

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  12. May God continue to bless you and bring you peace in the difficult days ahead. I have one question that probably will seem simple and silly to some, but exactly what all do you do to winterize flower beds?

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  13. You continue to be in my thoughts, Kris, and I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday. xo

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  14. Praying for your safe trip and for all to go well in Michigan. I hope your quiet time will be beneficial. Here's to tons of gorgeous flowers come spring! Hugs!

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  15. I’m always happy to see the daffodils and snowdrops pop up in the Spring! It’s great to see something growing after the blah winter.
    I’m glad you will get some days of rest.
    Love you, my friend!
    Cecilia

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  16. Kris, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I know how difficult this is. How sweet to bury your Mother next to your father. May you have comfort and rest while away. Your bulbs will flourish in the spring. Love this idea of using a mini auger. Love your sweet sign. Love

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  17. Kris, I am wishing you and Terry some days of peace and quiet , to help you regroup. Maybe some walks or antique shopping. Blessings to you and your family. xoxo, Susie

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  18. God bless your trip and your bulbs, dear Kris.

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  19. Welcome back to Michigan Kris. Blessings to you at this time.
    I used an auger too and it really is a time saver. I put a thick bedding of mulch down hoping it’ll throw off the critters. I’ll have to keep the product in mind though.
    Big hugs, Liz

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  20. Been thinking of you Kris and surely lifted you and your family up in prayer. Stay safe. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  21. I'm sending you big hugs Kris and my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The gardens will looks so pretty when the flowers pop up in the spring. I will have to purchase the critter ritter for my spring planting. Good luck and hope you have a relaxing time at the cottage.

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  22. Sorry to hear about your mum. It's a difficult time because the usual means of gathering and grieving with friends and family isn't the same. So keep safe, wishing the best.

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  23. Hi Friend,
    Thank you for sharing about the critter ridder. I always have trouble with squirrel digging up my bulbs.
    I am praying for you during this time. I hope you have a few peaceful days in Michigan,to just be.

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  24. Hugs, I still have a few bulbs to plant, we are hoping the critters will leave them alone, I used an augur bit on a drill...wheeeeee! That works great. Hugs, have a safe and healing trip and some time off! Sandi

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  25. I hope you have a safe and peaceful trip. (((((hugs))))) and prayers, My Sweet Friend!

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  26. Thinking of you, Kris. I hope today was a sweet celebration of your mother. I also hope you get to put your feet up and relax for a bit. Thinking of you my friend. xo

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  27. Oh my sweet friend! I am just learning this. I am so dreadfully and awfully sorry for your loss. Please know you and your whole family will be in our prayers. And please have a safe journey.

    I am so sorry. May she rest in peace. Big hugs. ♥

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  28. Have a restful, and healing time with Terry in Michigan. xo

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  29. Kris, your garden will be beautiful this coming spring. Hope that stuff works, as I have lost almost all bulbs from the squirrels. We just got our power back on. Enjoy your time away..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  30. God speed, Kris. Saying prayers for you in this time of sorrow.

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  31. Sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I have been away from Blog land for quite some time. May the tears in your eyes create a healing rainbow over your heart. Blessings and peace as you miss your mother.

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