Hostas forum: Daily Hosta #28 - 'Liberty'

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Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Mar 13, 2016 10:14 AM CST
'Liberty' is my largest hosta. (I garden on a city lot 60' wide; so specialize mostly in small-medium hostas). It's also the Queen of my garden and a real show-off. An attention getter from when it first emerges to the end of the season. I have no 2015 pictures of it in bloom; so it must have bloomed in the first half of July when I was away. It holds its blooms on very tall scapes.

May 16
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June 1
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August 13
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Sept. 29
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Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Mar 14, 2016 6:58 AM CST
I love my 'Liberty' but it's been a very slow grower for me. It's been the same size for three years now. 'Guacamole' that's next to it has been a vigorous grower. I may need to dig it up to check the roots or maybe give it some more nitrogen.

Ann, do the edges turn from gold in the spring to white in the fall?
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
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ViolaAnn
Mar 14, 2016 9:41 AM CST
They certainly whiten some. You can see the difference in the pictures above.
Ann

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Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Mar 14, 2016 9:48 AM CST
I planted three hosta Liberty in an old half whiskey barrel and within one season the barrel was overflowing. After a second year I moved them into a border - they don't seem as happy there, and are certainly less visible. I'll see how they do this summer and then perhaps move them back to the barrel (maybe they like the tang of old whiskey!) Hilarious!
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Mar 14, 2016 10:14 AM CST
'Liberty' is one of my favorite hostas but it's one of those plants that seems to do better in other people's gardens. Hilarious!

Mika, you just gave me an idea. I may dig mine up and plant it in a whiskey barrel, since voles/tree root competition may be the problem.
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
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cliftoncat
Mar 14, 2016 10:34 AM CST
SS, I hope your Liberty like their new home!
Liberty is one of the hostas that grows happily in sun, and I'm not sure but I think they may whiten more (or perhaps earlier?) when they get more sun - our whiskey barrel has sun more or less all day, and the hostas were very happy and the white bits very white; in the border where I've moved them it's much shadier and the colour isn't as bright. Perhaps Ann knows?
Name: Rose
Oquawka, IL (Zone 5a)
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Rose1656
Mar 14, 2016 11:32 AM CST
I have 3 in different amounts of shade and none of mine behave as nice as yours does! Mine must have come from the same place as your did SSGARDENER!
Silver Spring, MD (Zone 7a)
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ssgardener
Mar 14, 2016 11:41 AM CST
Hilarious! Rose, we'll just commiserate together and look upon Ann's pictures with envy! Lovey dubby
Name: Ann
Ottawa, ON Canada (Zone 5a)
Hostas Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Composter Region: Canadian Clematis
Canning and food preservation Container Gardener Annuals Herbs Seed Starter Vegetable Grower
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ViolaAnn
Mar 14, 2016 1:53 PM CST
Mika - maybe grow ONE in the barrel with some smaller plants around it and find another location for the other two?
Ann

Pictures of all my hostas, updated annually and tracked since 2008 begin at: https://violaann.smugmug.com/Garden/Hostas/Hostas-in-my-gard...
Name: Mika
Oxfordshire, England and Mento
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Critters Allowed Daylilies Irises Roses Hostas
Birds Multi-Region Gardener Cat Lover Dog Lover Ponds Foliage Fan
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cliftoncat
Mar 14, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Good idea, the main reason I moved them was that they were bursting the boundaries of the barrel. Thank you for the suggestion. Smiling
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Sep 24, 2016 2:58 AM CST
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