May 1st-4th: Hello, May! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to start my May goal of gardening! Over the last 6-8 weeks, I dedicated every ounce of my time and energy to audition preparation and I am excited to move onto something new for awhile. I had my CSO audition on Monday and unfortunately, I let my nerves get the best of me, I didn’t play my best and I didn’t advance to the semifinal round of auditions on May 11th. Although I was really upset on my drive home, I woke up on Tuesday with a fresh perspective. I’m proud that I put myself out there and tried at all. It made me a stronger player, gave me the confidence to start taking lessons again, and now I’m that much more prepared for the next audition that comes along. As luck would have it, I just sent my resume for the New Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Audition on May 30th. They don’t have openings in the flute section, but I can at least audition to be on their sub list.
I had a slight overlap of my April and May goal and obviously made audition preparation a first priority over gardening. I was able to take a short break from practicing to take some “before” pictures around our yard and read a little from the two books I purchased a couple weeks ago from the Book Loft in German Village.
May 5th & 6th: After an early morning workout, I headed straight outside to start working in the yard. It was still pretty wet from the rain the night before, but I did my best to get the ball rolling. With this week’s high temperatures, it’s best to get yard work out of the way in the morning before it gets too hot. My first goal was to remove all of the weeds, old mulch and dead mums from last season. The lamb’s ear, purple flox and mums have already started growing back! I still need to purchase and lay new mulch so stay tuned!
Before & After
May 7th: I was back at it again early this morning, but decided to work primarily in the shade due to the high temperatures and glaring sun. I focused on a small area on the back side of the house where all of our perennials have started growing back this season. So far this area looks really nice, but I still need to add new mulch. I’m hoping that Joe can go with me to Lowes this weekend, because I can’t carry the mulch bags myself.
Before & After
May 8th: I wasn’t able to clear all of the leaves from our flower beds this fall before the first snowfall, so I have some catching up to do. I removed all of last season’s dead stuff, pulled a ton of weeds and trimmed the ivy that grows around our flower beds. I still need to lay new mulch, but here are some before and after shots of each section. I had purchased some hydrangeas last summer that I had in pots on our front porch. Right before the first freeze this past fall I planted them on the side of the house in hopes they would grow back this year. In the last pictures you can see them poking through! I still have a ton of projects to accomplish around the house before I can plant a vegetable garden, but I’m hoping that by the end of next week I will be ready!