The elms are flowering

On Thursday Sept 8 the pollen count was 36 grains per cubic metre of air and we saw something new in the air as well - elm pollen.  Although the elms still lack leaves they are now flowering and their wind-borne pollen is known to cause allergies.  Most of the pollen on Thursday was from pine but about a third was elm.  Our friends at the Canberra pollen count wrote a great little article on elms in Australia which you can read here.

Over the next few weeks we expect to start seeing pollen from several more tree species.