Grapefruit pickin’

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Over by the lime tree it’s buzzing and blooming. I’m surprised of my lack of fear being around bees, considering I haven’t been stung in my entire life. I think I realize if you leave them alone, they typically leave you alone. Except for those big black carpenter bees which have a different agenda, I swear I’ve been chased!

This was just with my 50mm/1.2 lens, next time I’ll grab my macro and walk around again. I also decided to process these a little differently with the Mastin Film Labs presets for Lr. My typical editing style is very clean and editorial, (see portfolio here) but I can enjoy and appreciate the film look, especially when it comes to outdoor shots on a crazy bright afternoon day. What do you think?

Pink lemons are real – look at those pink buds and the leaves are just gorgeous.

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From what I understand, some of you are still freezing. It’s hard to imagine that being in Phoenix and we’re all enjoying it before summer hits.

The trees all dropped their leaves which only seemed to last a month before they returned full force. We’ve pruned them to be upright, trimming any branches that point down. On President’s Day weekend we fertilized every bush and tree with fertilizer stakes you hammer into the ground (a soft ground helps, so soaking the ground is encouraged). Roses, citrus, plants and bushes stakes.

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The roses are going to be amazing once in bloom and those pink vines crawling up Liberty’s area are pink jasmine. I always put the pretty stuff by her bun run and I think I need to move it closer to where I can see it!

I like when herbs, or in this case, lettuce flowers. I wish there was just a whole field of these, perhaps I need to plant one next season.


This hot mess above is my attempt to propagate rose stem cuttings. I just cut a few, stuck it in Miracle-Gro Fast Root Dry Rooting Hormone, and put it in my raised garden bed. It gets plenty of sun and water so I’m just going to leave it in there and see what works. There was no clear method, just pure experimentation. When I look at them I’m realizing yet again it’s probably worth just buying new rose bushes, but kudos to me trying to save money!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next creative themed party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Nikki Adams

    Diana! Love you! What type of plant have you espaliered on your white wall in the back yard? Such a lovely landscape backdrop! Applause.

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Hi Nikki! XOXOXOXOXOXOXO!! They are just regular jasmine vines! They grow like weeds and there’s a lot of maintenance but I trim them up maybe 2-3 times a year on cooler days. :) Thank you! It took a long time to get it to how I liked it but I suppose patience is virtue :)


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