Mail-order Tumbleweeds!

Just what I always needed! Proving that “you can sell anything on the Internet,” it’s Prairie Tumbleweed Farm [archive.org], purveyor of “organically grown,” “100% Y2K-compliant” tumbleweeds. It wouldn’t be much use here in Orange County, where all you have to do is pull over to the side of the road at the right time of […]

Fallen Trees and Tumbleweeds

Despite what you might believe, tumbleweeds are actually quite common in suburban Southern California. They often grow by the side of the freeway, occasionally getting picked up by the wind and bouncing across cars. Never is this more noticeable than during the Santa Ana winds, which seasonally sweep out from the desert to the coast, […]

Tumbleweed Cluster

Tumbleweeds tend to collect along roadsides and fences in Orange County, dropping their seeds for the next year. This can lead to some spectacular clusters of car-sized puffballs of plant. SR-55 off-ramp at Edinger In a few weeks*, these will dry out, turn brown, and get picked up by the Santa Ana winds. They’ll roll […]

What people look for

It’s always interesting to see what people are searching for when they find this site. It’s even more interesting to look at the bottom of the list, the long tail full of one-off searches, some of which… can be really strange. “what to do with tumbleweeds” — Hmm. Mash ’em, boil ’em, put ’em in […]