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High winds are prevailing in southern California and the Central Coast, reports my mother in her first, eyewitness contribution to Urban Plant Research. In Santa Barbara County, she can hardly venture outside because of winds over 25 miles per hour. She also read that over in Victorville, which lies between Los Angeles and the Mojave Desert, the wind has residents trapped inside for another reason: it has swept mountains of tumbleweeds against their houses, blocking doors and windows! Check out these Google Image search results she sent over:

Screenshot of Google Image search results for "victorville ca + tumbleweed". Each photo in the search results shows high piles of tumbleweeds in the town streets or against houses.

We here at Urban Plant Research have long been interested in tumbleweeds and urban tumbleweeds (tumbling, windblown plastic bags). Are their tumbleweeds where you live?

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Flowers grow from thin gap between building and sidewalk. Plants grow from thin gap between building and sidewalk.

Hollyhocks and few other plants are thriving in the tiny gap between the buildings and sidewalks of Denver (though a few look like they’ve been pruned).

Min Li Chan of San Francisco send this photo-report from her travels to the RiNo arts district, which she described as “an industrial area turned hipster art neighborhood, not unlike Williamsburg five years ago.” Perhaps we should compare Brooklyn plants to Denver plants?

Thank you to Min Li for stopping to observe some urban plants and share them with us!

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Spotted this terrifying scene in a travel agent’s window while strolling around Berlin’s Schöneberg district last week. While the oblivious agent calmly sold tickets to two customers, a violent plant was attacking one of the planes parked in the window, while various carved figurines passively looked on.

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Potted aloe plant adorned with small bows

Happy New Year, plant friends! Thanks for your patience with our silence during the holiday season. Let’s kick off the new year with a reader photo. Responding to the bound agave photo we posted recently, Phyllis Fong sent in this photo of a plant that’s been tied up much more gently. Why? Well, that has her perplexed… and us too.

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Artist duo Iris-a-Maz invite us all to their new video installation, Ultra Plants, opening tonight, May 11, in Hamburg. As fellow artistic investigators of urban plants who have contributed insights and images to Urban Plant Research in the past, Iris-a-Maz have now turned their attention to so-called weeds.

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red ivy on blue wall

Spotted in Prenzlauer Berg yesterday, plants in RGB…

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Red tin building with tree

Dear readers, Holly Wolsey’s plant photos are so charming, I’m hoping they’ll make you forget all about the past week of no Urban Plant Research posts. (I’m sorry, it’s been busy hereabouts!) Holly’s a photographer in Colorado who I recently met, who actually doesn’t particularly focus on plants – she’s a professional portrait photographer as well as a wonderful documenter of daily life – but I just love her plant photos and her eye for the beauty of little plants and trees in the city. So I’m going to share a whole bunch of them today.

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