Creating an Allergy Free Garden

Some of you might remember that last summer I had some scary incidents with what I thought were food allergies.  I was very lucky that my GP took me seriously and referred me to the local allergy clinic where I was throughly tested for everything and anything.

Turns out I’m not allergic to anything food related (thankfully!) but as you can see from my allergy test I’m allergic to grass, trees, shrubs, weeds and a little bit to milk (who knew!). Which as you all know,  I love my garden and this has broken my heart.

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It also means that my attempts to be helpful and mow the grass last summer because Paul was working long hours in London, pretty much made me really far more ill than usual with Hayfever. It also made me develop seasonal Asthma – which because it wasn’t controlled is now proper year round Asthma – who feels like an idiot now? Yeah me!.

But I have a large garden surrounding the house, there’s about 60ft at the front and about 150ft at the back, I can’t just leave it for 5 months of the year when the pollen’s at work.  I’m going to have to adapt it so I can still go out there without making myself ill. But how?

I’ve been going through the web and Pinterest trying to find out about Allergy friendly gardening and gardens. I remembered there was one at the Chelsea Flower Show and I’m still looking for more information on it.

Thankfully I don’t have any long grasses in the garden – they are a massive no, no! And I’m going to have to hire someone to cut my grass this year as Paul’s still doing a long commute and it’s not really fair to ask him to do it at the weekends.

But what to plant in the beds closest to the house?   My beloved roses are thankfully ok, and a lot of them are about halfway down the garden anyway.  However there are lots of lillies, stocks and hollyhocks near the house so they are all going to have to come out and be moved further down the garden. So I can still see them, but from a nice distance, through a window!

Lucky Apple, Plum and Magnolia trees are all fine – which is handy as I have all three in the garden.

But here’s a list of good allergy friendly plants, that I’ve found so far:

Flowers:

Daffodil

Tulip

Daisy

Geranium

Iris

Daylily

Pansy

Petunia

Rose

Sunflower

Zinnia

Shrubs:

Hydrangea

Azalea

Rhododendron

Viburnum

Boxwood

So it looks like I can still have lots of colour and structure. I also need to learn more about allergy gardening with veggies, but I’m sure that must be less of a problem?  I just need to think about how I’m going to re-model the garden and concentrate on getting it done before April. That way I can get it all in and then leave it to grow during the allergy months with minimal gardening from me.

If you want to know about allergy free gardening, I’ve pinned some sites to my Gardening Pinboard http://pinterest.com/violetposy/beautiful-gardens/ and I’ll be adding more as I find them.

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2 Comments

  1. I am sorry you have to go through so much trouble to be able to enjoy your garden. I do have hay fever, I am allergic to trees. It started late, after my 30th birthday. It starts in January and ends in May. It depends on the weather how bad it gets. I noticed though that I am a bit allergic to some fruits in that period. Once my lips got swollen after eating an apple. So I don’t eat apples during that period. I am not seeing a doctor though! At least as long as it doesn’t get to bad.
    Good luck for searching for allergy free plants and trees!

  2. I don’t know very much at all about gardening and allergies (which given my raging hayfever from spring until late autumn is probably a bit dim) so I shall be following your pinterest board and looking on with interest. xx
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