The Bloom Report

Left to its own devices, most of King County would probably go yellow. I’ve been admiring the booming crop of dandelions on our quiet neighborhood streets in the past couple of months. Those of you stuck on either Interstate will have had plenty of time to observe entire hillsides of yellow. That yellow is Scot’s Broom (Scotch Broom, not to be confused with Spanish Broom), a plant that someone thought would be a good idea to bring to Washington to help out with our erosion issues, but turned out to be of more use in the “lack of noxious weeds” department. (Note to self: King County is actually rather anxious to get rid of these weeds and will loan out “weed wrenches” to people who want to dig them out.)

Scot's Broom

Those of us with undiagnosed allergies will note around this time that being stuck on the highway with the windows wide open will result in watery eyes or a stuffed-up head. Scot’s Broom pollen is heavy and doesn’t travel far but it will probably travel far enough to your car to annoy you as you while away your sunny spring hours in a hellish commute.

Yellow Flag

Meanwhile, on lakesides and wet marshy areas, the yellow flag irises are coming into play. I do love to see a whole forest of yellow flag irises, so it’s rather sad that they are prone to outperforming other wetland plants and are therefore considered a weed (albeit a Class C weed).

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