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Pollen in the Puddles

Posted in Garden Advice on August 09, 2018

Spring Pollen 

Have you seen pollen in the puddles? It always indicates to me that spring is on the way.

The pollen is from nearby large cottonwood and wattle trees and the rain collects the pollen into the puddles where it floats on the surface, and as the puddle dries out it leaves the bright yellow coating of pollen.

This annual dowsing in pollen from these and other trees such as pines, oaks, elms and birch, usually starts in August and causes a rush to the pharmacy to stock up on antihistamines and eye drops for those affected by hay fever.

David Brittain

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