They are beautiful trees, especially when they are in blossom, but my hell they put me down for the count: Aesculus hippocastanum or the common Horse Chestnut. There is a nice specimen across the street; the only one I have found in my neighborhood. My reaction is lethargy and feeling like I have a cold; itchy eyes. It all started the first thing when I walked out my door this morning. I felt a sudden dizziness. Now the skin on my face is mildly irritated.
I've checked my blog, and every year around the time of chestnut bloom, all I want to do is sleep. One year I went so far to take Claritin--big mistake. It just gave me insomnia. I also had other well-described drug reactions to Claritin, but I will spare you.
Of course, this all could be a reaction to Highschool Musicl 2 which has commandeered our abandoned neighborhood school's basketball courts too. Oh well, the way I'm feeling, I couldn't be assed to even throw a ball.