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RE: cut flower pollinators, now allergies

Kitty, I can't use anything but puffs without the same ting happening.  With
rosacea, I don't need a sore red nose to go with it! LOL!!!  (I don't care
if Mrs. Claus is supposed to have fiery, rosy cheeks!  A red nose isn't
complementary. LOL!!!)


Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of kmrsy@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2003 1:46 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] cut flower pollinators, now allergies

re > ...and a huge box of Kleenex.

Absolutely gotta be Puffs with Aloe for me. Anything else tears my skin up
after just a few sneezes.

> I know, me too Wendy.  I have been to an allergist too, and he told me the

> same thing.  But tell my nose that.  If I cut a sunflower, and put it in a

> vase on my desk...I am suffering within the hour.  My allergies can be
> bad.  And ragweed season is my worst season....and I'm out there anyway.  
> Marigolds and Mums are in the ragweed family...and I have those too.  Pam 
> laughed when I pulled my gardening wagon out to work...shovel, rake, 
> mulch...oh yes...and a huge box of Kleenex.
> Jesse Rene' Bell
> Claremore, OK
> Zone 6
> >From: Wendy Swope <wendyswope@mindspring.com>
> >Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >To: gardenchat@hort.net
> >Subject: Re: [CHAT] cut flower pollinators, now allergies
> >Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2003 12:53:15 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
> >
> >Hi, Cathy,
> >
> >You wrote,
> ><snip>  DH is an allergist, and wind borne pollen is the
> >culprit in 99.9% of pollen allergies (they are inhaled). There is a
> >remote possibility that a flower arranger might develop an allergy to
> >heavier pollen through skin contact, but most of us would not have that
> >kind of exposure.
> >
> >The past couple of years have been my introduction to heavy duty
> >allergies, most of 'em acute in my perennial garden (@#$%&**!!!). I
> >laugh when I mention putting your face into non-airborne pollen, because
> >that is exactly what I have to do to pull all the thistles out of my
> >Russian Sage beds! At this time of year, when the tiny flowers have
> >dried on the stems, plunging into the beds to weed is kind of like
> >immersing myself in a cloud of talcum powder, and, oh brother!, do I
> >pay!!! I've started using disposable respirator masks when working with
> >dried plant materials. Feels *very* nerdy, but at least I can breathe.
> >
> >
> >The dried heads of butterfly bush are another booby trap I set for
> >myself from autumn until very early spring. While the bushes are green
> >and growing, they pose no problem. It's the dried flowerheads that get
> >me. But I do let them stand every year for winter structure. The tall
> >plants soften the starkness of my naked landscape, and the spent flower
> >heads stay a nice rust color; the flowerets never drop, and they even
> >retain some fragrance (nice!). So I keep on wreaking havoc with my
> >allergies each year when at last I cut them down.
> >
> >
> >Wendy
> >
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