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    Default Goldenrod blooming . . .

    In my neck of the woods it is not uncommon to see a couple of goldenrod plants bloom early this time of year. Few and far between right now.

    Last night I had to drive over to Brattleboro which is about 30 miles south of me and saw whole fields of it just starting. Let the flow begin again!!!
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Saw just a cpl of plants in bloom here too, but not a field.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    There is a field of goldenrod coming into bloom just across the road from me, I can already smell the dirty gym socks.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Our log roads are full of it and my sinuses are protesting. Not seeing the girls on it though...

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    your sinuses aren't reacting to goldenrod, not an airborn pollen. Something else like ragweed probably.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    maybe aster.
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    Mark is spot-on...golden rod pollen is heavy/moist and mostly falls to the ground, it is transported by insects. People blame it for their allergies because it's so easy to spot and it blooms about the same time their allergies kick in from the ragweed. Golden rod is a "good" weed. Ragweed, on the other hand "blooms" about the same time and it's pollen is entirely different from golden rod pollen...ragweed pollen is very light and dry, is easily carried by a breeze and consists of pollen grains with sharp spikes that absolutely will tear up a person's sinuses. The ragweed plant is inconspicuous and most folks don't recognize it...just part of the "green" scenery. I've seen them 8' tall down here and if given free range will create a large stand. The leaves remind me of okra plants. I recommend anybody interested to google images of ragweed...you may be surprised to find you have a forest of it nearby on a right-of-way, edge of a field, beside that abandoned house, etc.,.

    Ed

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    maybe aster.
    What are you, some kind of mind reader?

    Right after posting my message about the ragweed I got to thinking about aster. Last year my wife and I stopped beside the road coming from church and I bagged up a lot of seedheads from some wild white aster growing beside the road. On the drive back home (2 miles) my wife's eyes began to water. After that I didn't pick any aster while she was with me.

    Ed

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    saw a couple blooming here as well. Also, clethra is starting to bloom. Seems like the clethra is about a month early
    Chip Harlow

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Just started a few days ago here but is very spotty right now.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Though I couldn't begin to tell one from another, there are 19 species of Goldenrod native to Maine. The early blooming ones don't trigger the heavy flow that later, more prolific crops do. The early ones seem to bloom just as the summer rains go vacation.

    Wayne

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    maybe aster.
    saw some white asters in bloom too.
    Mark Berninghausen

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    how long do you anticipate being on any type of flow in NY? im curious to judge when ours might end in CT

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    NY is a big state. It has areas south and north of CT.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    I too realized there were different species of goldenrod, and the bees do not work some of them. We have some in bloom here and the bees are working the sweet clover and white clover.

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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Saw goldenrod blooming in my area this week also. It is about one month early but it seems everything has been early this year. Fruit trees have been 3-4 weeks early also.

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    In the last 48 hours the bees have started bringing in tons of that beautiful yellow pollen. More and more blooming goldenrod every day. Knotweed hasn't even started producing buds yet. Fun year.
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Keth,
    for us there seemed to be no break in nectar coming in at all, but pollen seemed to be scarce until just a few days ago and they still are not bringing much in. I watched several hives burn through most of their pollen stores over the last few weeks, while at the same time had to keep pulling capped frames of honey to give space.

    Lots of golden rod budding, joe pye weed very close, burdock opening, and much else....that rain sure helped 2 days ago, did you get it down south?

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    Yeah, we got the rain. Pollen was scarce for a couple of weeks but coming in strong now. Very short break between the end of milkweed and sumac and whatever they are working now. A good year. Knock on wood!
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    Default Re: Goldenrod blooming . . .

    Pretty good patch of goldenrod seen today. Seems early. Don't know if it really is or not. Forecast of the seasons end.
    Mark Berninghausen

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