Showing posts from October, 2013

Big Leaf Hostas

I grow hostas in all sizes, shapes and colors. Like most people, I have lots of the small, medium and large hostas growing in my garden. If you want a hosta that will really get the attention of garden visitors or have that 'WOW' factor, try growing the really BIG hostas. Yes, they do take up lots of space in the garden, but they are show stoppers. The hosta in the picture above is H. 'Sum and Substance'. It grows in a mound shape and the average size is about 31 inches tall and 70 inches wide. The leaf size is about 16 long to 14 inches wide.
Some of my other favorite big leaf hostas are H. 'Empress Wu', H. 'Key West' and H. 'Blue Mammoth'. I grow tropical plants in containers and I like to mix the containers into the beds with these large leafed hostas for that tropical look. It does give a feel of a lush tropical garden.

When growing the really big hostas, remember it will take 5 to 6 years to get them to their full size. The wait will be …

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Invasion

For the last week, we have had stink bugs appearing on our patio door, late in the day, and on a daily bases. I really had not paid much attention as to what type of stink bug that they happened to be. Yesterday I received an email from the Marion County Extension Office asking all the Master Gardeners if they had seen this stink bug. I decided to check out our new visitors and I took a picture of one and sent it to the Marion County Extension Office here in Indiana for confirmation. This morning my confirmation was that it was a Brown Marmorated Stink Bug or BMSB.

This insect is an invasive from Japan, Korea and China. It was first reported in Pennsylvania in 1998 and since that time they have been found in other eastern states and they are spreading. The Brown Marmorated Stick Bug can be found in the fall looking for a warm place (like your house) to stay for the winter. They will not damage your home, but they are a nuisance in the house because when disturbed they release a pung…