Our lilacs are blooming. This is wonderful, because yay! LILACS!… but then again, in this area the lilacs are supposed to bloom around Mother’s Day. The daffodils are still going strong, and the earliest irises are just blooming. I mean, it’s nice that the creeping phlox is color-coordinating, but I never expected to have the phlox and the lilacs blooming at the same time.
Also, when the lilacs are blooming, I not only need to be outside, I want to be outside, and the godsdamned tree pollen is doing its best to kill me. Anyone who suspected that the allergy season was starting earlier, lasting longer, and hitting harder, your overactive histamines do not lie:
… According to recent studies, pollen is indeed making it into the air earlier, with more intensity, and sticking around for a longer period of time.
“There is data showing that pollen is not only more prevalent as a result of the effects of carbon dioxide and greenhouse exposure, but that the pollen proteins are more potent,” said Dr. Clifford W. Bassett, an allergist and assistant clinical professor of medicine at the New York University School of Medicine.
In a study published last year, Agriculture Department researchers found that at certain latitudes, especially north of 44 degrees, the pollen seasons were up to a month longer than usual. In Wisconsin, for example, ragweed was in the air two weeks longer in 2009 than it was in 1995.
Other studies, including a recent one at Harvard, have predicted that pollen will continue to increase with rising temperatures. And some scientists suspect a link to the global rise in asthma — a condition that can be triggered by pollen.
Apart from pumping up the bottom line for manufacturers of both prescription and OTC allergy relief/alleviation products, what’s going on in your gardens right now?