That is what Wes said last year when the cotton started to fly - it's like living in a snow globe! There are two drawbacks to having tons of cottonwood trees in our backyard. The first is the colossal amount of leaves we have to rake each fall as I described in this post. The second happens in the spring with seed dispersal. The seeds are surrounded by fluffy white cotton that floats through the air and looks like snow. And not just a little cotton - there is a lot of cotton! I grew up with cottonwoods so I was fully prepared for this annual event. Some people (like most of our neighbors) think it is quite a nuisance - which in some ways it is. It gets into every nook and cranny of our yard and garage and even in our house each time someone opens the door. It is also a major pain for anybody with allergies. And can be hazardous to your health! Yesterday Addie was running around outside, inhaled some cotton and had a coughing fit that lasted about 10 minutes.
But shhhhh, don't tell! And don't laugh! Even as I sit here sneezing I have to admit that I love the cotton. I think it is magical. I always have - even as a child. There is something so neat about looking outside and seeing the "snow" fall in May when it is 80 degrees outside! I love to watch my children run around with little clouds of cotton at their heels as they gather the fluff convinced they are going to make pillows (just like I used to do). Take a look at these photos to get an idea of how much cotton we get...
Can you see the big cloud of cotton in the background of this picture?
You can't see it too well - but these next two pictures are of the cotton falling.
Normally, the cotton lasts about 10 days and we are only on about day 5 so we would expect a bunch more. However it is scheduled to rain over the next few days and I think that will pretty much end the cotton season. Until next year!