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Old 02-18-2016, 11:37 PM
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I hope non of you Australian quilters are wrapped up in tumbleweed? It looks so difficult to control and spiky to walk through.
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Old 02-19-2016, 01:32 AM
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None in Perth, Western Australia.....looks terrible stuff though. We are battling strong winds and have had a dreadful heatwave.....bit cooler last few days. Am so ready for winter.
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Save those tumbleweeds and paint them white and make a yard snow man. I am from the mid west and that's the fun thing to do with children.
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Save those tumbleweeds and paint them white and make a yard snow man. I am from the mid west and that's the fun thing to do with children.
My Mom always wanted to do that. We lived on the coast in Central California when I was a kid, no tumbleweeds.
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Funny, summer has already started here in Southern California
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Funny, summer has already started here in Southern California
Hush!......lol
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Old 02-19-2016, 09:14 AM
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I saw that on the news and it was amazing with houses and cars covered.
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years ago I worked in a company, and a woman i'd talk to on the phone for work said some were as big as cars, and worse yet, they'd pick up any type of garbage along the way, like tin cans and household garbage, so when they hit your car, they would also scratch it. is it true or was she just pulling my leg?
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Old 02-19-2016, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by lynnie View Post
years ago I worked in a company, and a woman i'd talk to on the phone for work said some were as big as cars, and worse yet, they'd pick up any type of garbage along the way, like tin cans and household garbage, so when they hit your car, they would also scratch it. is it true or was she just pulling my leg?
they grow big here. will definitely scratch your rig when driving through them on highway. i've never seen them with any debris in them. hubs took a pic of me holding tips of a pair of huge tumbleweeds, one on each side of me, while we were cleaning up after winter windstorms. they were as tall as me @ 5' 3".

tumbleweeds are the dead/dried form of russian thistle, an asian immigrant that entered USA with grain shipments in 1800's. they grow well here where i live in arid desert like region of south central eastern washington state. they are nasty prickley when dried, but for me they are worse when green and just start growing. i get rash on arms & legs when i'm pulling them out of gardens, grapevines and fruit trees.
...but they have the most beautiful blossoms of heather like flowers in aug/september. i wish i could post a pic here of a hillside i photographed & sent to my son a few years ago. but i can't get pics small enough using my ipad.
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at least they are small and look light weight!!
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