Life is a Bed of Roses, and Some Days You Lie On the Thorns
I love the natural world. I have reveled in the progression of different native flowers from the bloodroots in March through the Queen Anne’s lace now fading. I look forward to the New England asters which will herald the Monarch butterfly migration.
Goldenrod is beautiful, and important to many species of bees, butterflies, and other insects. But Goldenrod blooms at the same time as Ragweed, and I am lying on a bed of thorns.
Last year was so dry for most of the spring and summer that even ragweed had a poor year. This year the plentiful rains grew a bumper crop, and the hot dry weather of the last few weeks have produced record levels of ragweed pollen.
The Blue Zones of the natural world are harder to remember when you are miserable. I always try to Take Control Naturally, but I did sneak some Benedryl.
Jay Ginther, MD