A new Californian garden blog

I sometimes wonder why there aren't more California-based garden blogs. California is the most populous state in the country and the vast majority of Californians live near the coast where the climate is conducive to year-round gardening. Yet it seems like the city of Austin, Texas has more garden bloggers than the entire state of California.

What's up with that?

Well, I don't know.

Whatever the case, I'm delighted to tell you about a new Californian garden blog named Garden Grit shared by two gardeners, Chloe and Abigail. Chloe is in Santa Barbara and Abigail is in Walnut Creek. Santa Barbara and Walnut Creek are home to Lotusland and Ruth Bancroft, respectively. But no pressure!

I hope all my readers will visit Chloe and Abigail at Garden Grit and give them a big welcome to the garden blog scene. They've already got seven posts up. I especially enjoyed this before-and-after post that reaches all the way back to 1990 to show you how far Abigail's garden has come since she started working in it.

I have some pictures of my own garden from 2005, when I first began to garden. I'll put them up later this week juxtaposed with pictures of how things are today.

I think you will be very amused.


Brent said...

I too have been puzzled by the relative lack of California garden blogs. I suspect that we're all just too busy to care. :( Actually, I think we're too urban to care.

In any case, I'm glad to see Chloe and Abigail

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that tip, Chuck. I'll hop over there now.

Anonymous said...

Maybe all of California's garden bloggers have moved to Austin? Heh, heh. Maybe the gardening climate in CA is too scrumptious to ever spend time indoors at the computer? Maybe they're all at Lotusland, just gazing around?

Who knows? But I'm glad to know about Garden Grit and will go check it out.

Delphine said...

Magnifique avant/après.
Bienvenue les californiens !
Chloé, be sure your blog will be read in Paris.

official french admirer of Chuck B.

CiNdEe's GaRdEn said...

I wondered that too. What is wrong with CA? LOL I guess everyone is to busy working to have time for blogging? Oh well...I will hop over and check out the blog right now.(-: Thanks for letting us know!!!!

Anonymous said...

I now live in Trinidad on the northern coast of California. I have gardened in S.F. in the 50s & 60s, Santa Cruz in the 70s, Ben Lomond in the Santa Cruz mountains in the 80s and 90s, the Sierras for six years, and now here in Trinidad. I have a few California gardeners in my blog roll on my site. Drop by some time for a visit. I'd enjoy seeing you there.

Stefaneener said...

Well, I'm thinking of starting one, although it's more a "farming" than "gardening" one, in that I'm much less about the ornamentals. Glad to have found you.

chuck b. said...

I think a Calif. farming-garden blog would be awesome.

Colette, what is your blog's URL? I can't see your profile.

Greg Draiss said...

Hey Chuck B.

Fascinating garden dude!

You make me sick! I work full time in the garden biz and barely have time to mow the lawn (all 600 sq ft of it) let alone get a look like you have. NICE JOB

The (garden rant) TROLL

Phytophthora said...

Greetings Chuck,

I always enjoy your blog. Since you commented that there are so few California gardening blogs, I wanted to let you know that I have one that you might find interesting. You can find it at http://luxbotaniverse.blogspot.com/. I noticed your No on 8 posting, as well, and want to voice my support as well; it's great that you're bringing attention to it! Here in Orange County we're bombarded by Yes on 8 posters and bumper stickers.