Monday, July 1, 2013
'TIS THE REASON FOR THE SNEEZIN'
It is the "sneezin' season," with myriad species of plants that are wind pollinated dispersing pollen. The white pines now let loose clouds of golden dust with every breeze, and Buddy ran through a patch of roadside grass this morning and set off a veritable smoke screen. I don't see any ragweed blooming as yet, but its day will come soon as well. We can't do much about tree pollen, but mowing roadside grasses in the city before they flower can do a lot to minimize allergy problems. Most plants that bear true flowers have evolved to be insect pollinated and therefor are not much of an allergy problem, but more primitive plants such as conifers are wind pollinated, as are grasses. The much maligned goldenrods are insect pollinated and I guess one would have to stick one's nose right down into the flowers to be affected.