June 14, 2008

Recognize these? I have them all over the yard. They grow more than any other plant.

Sadly, I discovered they were baby tumbleweed. Which grow up to look like this:

and then blow against our fenceline

Some companies evidently LIKE tumbleweed and carry products touting the ghastly plant. This Tumbleweed Print Duvet was from West Elm, but is no longer being sold. Hmmmm.

The Sequoia Soap Company makes Tumbleweed soap

Ideally, the only place I'd like to see tumbleweed is on the set of an old Hollywood Western...(movie poster available here)

27 comments:

Angela said...

Well, that duvet cover *is* pretty.

Did you ever read "The Worst Hard Time" about the Great Depression? Interesting history of tumbleweeds in there.

Rosebud Collection said...

Isn't it amazing how that little green plant, can become such a big weed..Never saw one in real life.
Do like the cover, really a beautiful design.

LazyTcrochet said...

hmmmm, more invasive than the dreaded dandelion! I can see how you would not want them taking over your yard.

letitiah said...

technicolour tumbleweed! Wouldn't it still be kind of a dull grey-brown?

Shiny Black Shoes said...

I love that duvet cover...and those tumbleweeds, i had no idea that's what they look like...learn something new everyday :)

LazyTcrochet said...

Oh and thanks for your blog love. I really appreciate your comments : )

M.KATE said...

The Duvet sure is nice, so's the soap...but I wont welcome them here in my garden too, they've got to compete lots of other type of weeds..

Sew Bettie said...

Hehehe! I guess if you don't have to deal with the tumbleweed yourself there is som romance to it...

Elizabeth said...

I've never seen tumbleweed in real life except once on the road to Palm Springs.
I went in and spelled your name right on my blog roll. Even though I was once an English teacher, I am the worst speller in the world......!
Happy weekend.

Cicada Studio said...

Equivalent to dandelions, squirrels and deer I suppose. It's different when they're in YOUR yard!

willow said...

I sure wouldn't have guessed that was a baby tumbleweed! Very interesting post, Diva.

littlebird said...

tumbleweed soap eh?
perhaps you could start a new branch of highdiva etsy making and selling soap? he he : )

Victoria said...

It looks so green and innocent in its infancy. Who would ever guess that it could grow up into such a tangled mess.

BaldyLocks said...

Tumble weed sounds cool but I'm guessing it's one of those things that's a better concept than an actual plant.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

It's funny how I manage to kill off the good stuff and still struggle with weeds...glad I'm not totally alone. But, um yeah-that duvet is very pretty. ;)

Grizzly Mountain Arts said...

I read a magazine article somewhere, about a woman that started selling her tumbleweeds to movie studios, etc. and was making about $40,000 a year!! Is that crazy or what?

When we first moved to central Oregon, I hadn't learned what was what yet and transplanted these pesky little green things in a flower bed!! LOL I love native flora, but not this particular one.

Barn House said...

Oh, how we miss tumbleweeds (just kidding)!! We remember them well from many years of living in Arizona. I don't remember the green stage...just the one's that would roll across the yard and dodging them while driving in the dust storms. Fun stuff!!

Btw, thanks so much for having that tutorial of hyper-linking in your side-bar. I have tried everything and missed the critical step of highlighting the word that needed to be linked...duh. ;o)

J & J

Lisa B. said...

Oh, the poor misunderstood tumbleweed...

Karen from A`Musements said...

We used to drive Route 66 every year to visit my mom's relatives from Oregon to Alabama. And, like clockwork, Fran would insist that daddy stop the car and cram a tumbleweed into the Pontiac trunk along with the suitcases and cloth diapers (my sister was a baby). She'd bring the dried, ratty little specimen out at Christmas and spray it with gold paint. One year she put tiny, shiny little balls on the tumbleweed. Don't do that. They look better blown against a fence........
xoxo
Karen
Shaken, not stirred, in the back of a Pontiac

Hey Harriet said...

I don't think we have tumbleweed over here. It looks all cute and innocent as a baby. & I'll pass on viewing that Western flick. Eeek!

barbjensen said...

I came across a site that sold tumbleweeds once. I think Hollywood needs lot of them...new business opportunity? Lemons into lemonade?

I love your blog, btw!

:)

~Barb

High Desert Diva said...

Hey Hollywood
Give me a call

Chucka Stone Designs said...

Now I have the old time western whistle going through my head lol. Do tumbleweeds have a scent the soap is modeled after? Can you keep the plants trimmed to maintain their size?

High Desert Diva said...

I'm not sure what the theory is with the soap...I don't really notice a particular scent.

I think the tumbleweed's root system is too shallow to make surviving in the (windy) desert viable (even if they were trimmed).


Oh...and btw, we have dandelions, too

Rescued For You said...

Hmm...isn't this just like the ever-too-often-heard saying "One persons trash is another's treasure"??? I am SURE that somewhere ... someone ... loves tumbleweed! haha I wonder what the soap smells like???

Tiger Food said...

http://potw.news.yahoo.com/s/potw/55334/rolling-in-cash

As others have already mentioned - the lady who got rich selling tumbleweed was the first thing that popped in my mind reading your post!

Sweet Repose said...

We have the same tumbleweed here in Ioway and I thought, 'what a cute plant', then it grew and grew and tumbled and tumbled and now I have seedlings everywhere...won't do that again...but I'll have ta try the soap...hmmm...
sharon