Too much rain is never a good thing, although some gardeners might argue this point, given how amazing the blooms are on the peonies and the early hydrangeas this year.
There are definitely pros and cons to 2017’s wet start. The biggest con is the presence of fungal infections everywhere on our plants.
Powdery mildew is the most common fungal infection that we see on our plants. It starts out as white dots and spots and quickly spreads to make the leaves of a plant seem like they have been dusted with flour. Powdery mildew is unique in that it doesn’t need moisture to spread. Wind-born spores can transport this fungal disease all around the garden. It slows down the growth of your plants and in severe cases, can kill them.