Renew the spirit within me


Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
-Psalm 51:10

There are two really big things that make my soul feel good – closer to God, the first is traveling, the second is gardening.

I think it’s because it’s nature God’s creation, and I see His glory in it, this said by the girl who took an allergy back panel test and lit up like a Christmas tree – I’m allergic to everything outside, but I don’t care.  I wipe my nose when it drips, I sneeze hard and loud like it’s from my belly and I love it.

We ate dinner inside and as soon as I would finish I’d announce at the table, “I’m going back outside,” like a kid on summer break who couldn’t wait to go play.


This week was all about being outdoors – the weather was 75-80 and perfect, Monday was a holiday and I was elated to hear Benjamin had the day off.  So I politely asked/begged/told him he should pick up some bags of mulch for me so I could get the garden started again.  I set up my bamboo sticks and did some incredible tripod lashing to make sure my knots were secure and tight.  I only had cotton twine so who knows how long it will last, hopefully through end of summer.

Around dusk I decided it was time to clear the old lady – the grapefruit tree.  After 60+ years and an almost hollowed out trunk, she’s still strong!

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That fence around our white painted adirondack chair?  Oh just Miss Liberty hanging out.


London passed away last fall, sudden death.  She looked fine but just had a heart attack or something, Benjamin found her on her side eyes wide open.  Liberty has been more than fine with it since London was the dominant bigger one and liked to hump her, sometimes even her poor face sometimes.  This is the part when I laugh and I show everyone a photo of it in action which Benjamin doesn’t like as if it were to one day be blackmail evidence against Liberty, but I find it similar to watching Animal Planet thinking – animals do that?

We still have the bunny run area but there’s still holes the buns dug so we keep her in this pen for now to let her run around on nice days so we know we can get her to put her back safely in her cage.  We’re thinking of changing that bunny area to a knot herb garden, but maybe not until fall since I’m just getting back into my gardening groove after taking fall gardening off.


That huge box our lady who helps clean our home took it – I was so glad!  Then I went to The Henry for coffee the next morning and saw that for fresh squeezed grapefruit it was $4 a glass!  Maybe I should sell these…

I mean, the money could go towards more plants.  Speaking of, I seeded most of the garden beds to use up my seeds, save some money, but did buy a few starters.  I’m hoping to have a good garden post for you next week to show you what we’ve been up to.  We also cleaned outside all the furniture so it’s not dusty, washed the outdoor cushions and pillows and ready for outdoor weather!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! xx

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


  • krystal

    Sorry about London :(

  • Carissa

    I think you mentioned sometime last year why it is that the grapefruit tree is painted white around the trunk, but I forget. Remind me?

    Your backyard is so dreamy. I love how you copied the french gardens. You’re doing a great job!

    I’m sorry about London. I had a couple bunnies when I was little, one named Thumper (how original!).

    • Diana Elizabeth

      I need to repaint it this weekend! :) So citrus trees (and only citrus) can get sunburned trunks and branches. The heat here is brutal, and citrus are really supposed to be bushy but since we trim them into trees their branches don’t give them much shade so painting them white helps like a sunblock :) It’s kinda cute, so it starts when they are young so the trunk doesn’t turn red and crack, and as they get older it’s more for cosmetic purposes now. I just like to give them a fresh coat since it makes them look nicer.

      The backyard has taken a long time to get to where it is, but thank you! I want mature trees but I realize that takes time ;)

      Aw you were a bunny owner too? I love it! I am not sure if I’m finding the dwarf species that intelligent, I am kinda seeing other people’s bunnies and wondering why ours isn’t quite as smart ;) I guess that can go for just about anything. I have a smart dog back home!

    • Diana Elizabeth

      Carissa, this made me think of you – I kinda want to get one myself :)


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