Before and after.

Bad news for North Shore gardeners -the perennial staple of northern Illinois shade garden beds (though an annual), impatiens walleriana, will no longer be an option this summer due to a new, pervasive fungus called Downy Mildew that has permeated the Chicagoland planting area.

The disease travels through air or water, infiltrates buds, flowers and leaves, and devastates the plantings permanently – leaving behind its spores to blight the soil for 8 to 10 years, even when the host plant is removed. Local garden centers and the University of Illinois agriculture department are recommending finding alternative plants in the future.

Can we draw some parallels with the Federal government’s new Common Core curriculum blight that has infiltrated public education and fooled members of the Edublob (think tanks, unions, politicians from the left to the right)?