“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like
a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”
Caroline, who does community outreach for FTD, contacted me because she had recently helped contribute to a post which lists the best and worst plants for your allergies based on the Ogren Plant Allergy Scale and well, I’m a girl with allergies who likes to garden.
My mother’s strategy is to close the windows and seals the doors basically boycotted the outdoors all together. I would rather have itchy eyes and a sinus headache while the sun beams down on my face. I love trees and flowers but sometimes they do not show much love for me.
The first thing that I did before actually reading the FTD post was scan down the list to see which plants I had in my yard that were trying to kill me. That’s when I noticed that the most allergenic trees are actually ones found in rural cemeteries. In fact, in The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste, the authors note that the juniper and the yew trees were some of the more popular trees planted. Sigh.
Okay, so I really cannot control the trees around me but I can consider what I plant in my own backyard.
Fortunately the FTD list includes foxgloves, violets, and impatiens as least allergenic plants. Yay! The ones that I have in my yard are deep shades of purple. They’re just lovely.
Now I’m just itching to grow some flowers. Pun intended! Get it? Get it? :p