Allergy season in full swing but winding down in the coming months

By September 6, 2012Flower Talk
I have several clients who have horrible allergies and I just want to share that I have them too.  In fact, I have all the flower allergies possible. Me, a florist!

Trees, Grasses, Weeds. Yep, I have them all!

So being a florist what can I do to supply my clients with gorgeous arrangements and not have a whopping swollen headache, sore throat & crackling ears in the end.

Well it’s easier than one might think.

First: I buy very fresh select flowers so that there is less drop off, less pollen or no pollen and no mold.

Second: I buy low allergen or no allergen flowers. That means the pollen in these blooms needs an insect to cross pollinate and they aren’t airborne pollens. They are safer to use indoors and keep my clients happy and well.

Here are some of my favorites:
Orchids, are the number one favorite amongst allergy sufferers as are many tropicals.  Believe it or not, Lilies, Anemones, Anthirrium,  Daffodils, Geraniums and Tulips have little or no pollen.  In general,  the less scent a flower has, the less pollen.  Succulents are perfect for side accents or as the main display.  Seeing as Succulents have quite a following in the last several years, they are an excellent choice and we often combine them to make gorgeous modern arrangements leaving you with a keepsake bloom to care for long after the arrangement perishes.

Roses:
What about Roses?  Roses, such as Hybrid Tea roses are wonderful if they are in closed bud stage and that are not especially fragrant are excellent choices and will shed no pollen.  If using roses picked from the garden, we choose only those roses with healthy green leaves, and pick roses that are still in the bud stage to partially open.  Some free-flowering garden roses, are always allergy-free and produce no pollen at all.  Banksia roses, which will be either yellow or white, are small, cute, come in dense sprays, and are also pollen-free.

Trees:
So what about them?  Well at Tricia M., we supply branches weekly to many of our customers.  They offer a clean, but full and ever changing, modern & sophisticated look.  They really help us to re-connect to the outdoors which so many of us here in NYC desperately need.
There are many branches that allergy sufferers can tolerate.   Camellias  have beautiful blooms on them and are one great possibility but I offer branches year round to allow my clients to bask in nature.

Fragrance:
The common, old fashioned purple lilac, Syringa Vulgaris,  are heavily fragrant which may be annoying to some sufferers but not to others. There are  also different colored, newer lilac hybrids, often called French Hybrids, many of these have flowers with very little fragrance.

So what about Pollen?

In our modern world allergy companies use advertising to portray beautiful flowers as the culprits for hay fever and pollen allergies. The truth is that these types of flowers depend on insects for pollination and contain heavy pollen that doesn’t float around in the breeze. They aren’t the real problem.  The plants that produce hay fever & spring troubles are wind pollinated plants which include trees, grass and weeds.  Flowers that are high allergy? Daisies, Chrysanthemums, Goldenrod, weird fillers that were in most flower bouquets since the 50’s… and I avoid all of those as they cause too much trouble.  The result is high end flowers using creativity to change it up.

Here’s what I’ve experienced:
People that do have allergic reactions to the pollen in flowers can still keep beautiful cut flowers in the home if they avoid close contact with them.  We  can remove the Stamen which contains the pollen.  It’s always unwise to touch and remove these stamens if you are allergic to them yourself.  Let us do the dirty work.  At Tricia M., we do that all the time.  If you do touch the stamens in error, please wash off all pollen immediately.  Tree sufferers are often asked to shower completely each time they come in from outside, especially during  Springtime & Fall.

Clearly it takes a little information to avoid what ails you & we are here to provide gorgeous blooms while helping to keep you healthy and well.

We have the experience to determine what is best for our clients, so don’t hesitate to call us for a personal consultation should you desire to see the beauty of nature and flowers in your home or office.  Consider us the allergy bloom experts!

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