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Name your disease for better gardening

Published 08/11/2012, The Jamestown Sun

As it does every year, a powdery white dusting is beginning to appear on the leaves of my lilac bush. Ah, if only this coloration were desirable, if we could affectionately refer to it as a silvery flecking or a sparkling sheen. But no, it’s dull white and it’s a sign of disease, one aptly called powdery mildew.

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