Pic of the Day--Liberty

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Pic of the Day--Liberty

Postby Hank Zumach » Apr 13, 2007 11:26 am

Hi All--Liberty was added to our garden in 2002, only two years after it was introduced. It is a sport of Sagae that has wider margins. The margin width increases with maturity. It starts out the season with a striking yellow edge that gradually becomes whitish. I have it planted in one of the sunnier spots in our garden where it gets as much as 6 hours of mid-day sun. It has not shown any signs of burning. Its growth rate has been slower than average. Starting in 2002, it has measured 9x6, 17x7, 23x12, 33x19 and 38x19. So far Liberty has not had the very upright posture of Sagae so it will have to go through some changes if it is going to obtain an expected mature size of about 39x39.

Registry - http://www.hostaregistrar.org/detail.ph ... ty=Liberty
MyHostas - http://myhostas.be/db/hostas/Liberty
Hosta Library - http://www.hostalibrary.org/l/libertya.html

The photos are from 2002, 2004, and 2006.
Liberty 6-03-02c.jpg

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Postby eastwood2007 » Apr 13, 2007 11:49 am

WOW! That is really beautiful!
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Postby Mary Ann » Apr 13, 2007 11:50 am

An excellent hosta, mine appears to be more upright than yours, Hank, maybe it's the angle? It's in full sun all morning. Phyllis sent this to me from the Lyndale sale in '02

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Postby renaldo75 » Apr 13, 2007 12:04 pm

Your Liberty is faster growing than mine, Hank. You've sure got a nice full one regardless of size!! :P

I got mine in the summer of 2003 from the ROHS auction. As I recall I was the only one who bid on it - guess everybody else had fallen asleep by that point after lunch on a hot July day cuz I only paid $17 for it. :o 8-) Last year mine was finally up to 3 divisions & was 12" H x 21" W. The largest leaf was 5" W x 8.125" L. [Registered leaf size is 9.8" W x 12.6" L - which is just a bit peculiar... :-? ] So mine still has plenty of growing to do.

This year it was up to 4 divisons. Unfortunately the pot I had covering it the 1st nite of the freeze wasn't up to the task & blew off. I covered it with soil & a bucket the next day. I doubt that helped it much though. I'm sure the damage was already done...

Mine is definitely a favorite though - especially in the early spring.
That intense yellow margin can put an eye out though. :wink: 8-)

2006 - 5-15-06 065 Libe-03-E2.jpg

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Postby sugar » Apr 13, 2007 2:35 pm

I bought a 'Liberty' this year. Looking at the first leaves, it seems this hosta has eveything it takes to be a great hosta. I bought "Magic Fire" at the same time, which apparantly has an even wider margin that stay's bright yellow all the season long :D

It will take some time to decide which one is my favourite, but I have place for both of them :p
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Postby thy » Apr 13, 2007 2:42 pm

You are right renaldo

Beautiful but darn slow :wink:

Got mine as my memorial hosta spring 2004

It is beautiful, but it is hard to wait for it to mature :D

Gret pic of a beautiful hosta.. Hank.. I know we have sked you often how you happen to grow them that fast and big :-?

:oops: I even know your answer, water, water and reasonable soil :lol:
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Postby eastwood2007 » Apr 13, 2007 5:18 pm

That's a beautiful pic, too, Mary Ann. I can't wait to see mine this year...just planted it late last year.
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Postby LucyGoose » Apr 13, 2007 6:29 pm

Oh man.......Thanks to Roxanne again, I have Liberty!!! :P I LOVE THIS HOSTA!! Beautiful picture there, Mary Ann!! I'm not going to look for mine.....this pup is running.....:lol:
Thanks Roxanne....and Hank...and everyone!!! :lol:
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Postby jgh » Apr 13, 2007 9:22 pm

I think it is a testament to just how good Sagae is that there isn't a long list of sports attempting to "improve" on the original. We do have Liberty and Magic Fire, both of which claim to give us wider margins... but then again, growing a dozen Sagae tc to adulthood, I found that there was a ton of variation in the margins among the plants, and even on the same plant. I've often seen Sagae with as much as a third of the leaf in margin and streaking. Still... I got some Liberty from the Lyndale sale in 2002.

All of my Liberty plants are in deep shade. If you think it is slow with some sun, I can confirm that it is incredibly slow in shade. I planted it in 2002... pics are from 2003, 2004, and 2006. At least last year it showed some potential for getting larger. I think the pics also confirm what Hank is experiencing - it just isn't getting the upright shape of Sagae so far...

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Postby sugar » Apr 14, 2007 1:14 am

For me the slow growth and the smaller size of Liberty were the main reasons to buy it. Sagae would just get to big in my garden
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Postby Papou » Apr 14, 2007 6:19 am

Liberty has grown well for me. Here's a 2005 pic :

...oh heck...my pic is 81.4 kb...just over the 80 limit

...will have to reduce it....
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Postby Papou » Apr 14, 2007 6:25 am

Reduced from 640x480 to 600x450. Hope this works:
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Postby Pieter » Apr 14, 2007 8:13 am

So, what happened to the picture Ghislain?

Sure, reducing dimensions works, but it's better to use somewhat higher jpg compression to reduce file size. That way the picture doesn't get so small you have to squint to see it...Just take a look at http://www.perennialnursery.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=43667 and see how the picture I lightened up for Jeff is only about 60% the file size of the original he posted and now is no longer thumbnailed. The actual picture dimensions have not changed.
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Postby Hank Zumach » Apr 14, 2007 10:23 am

Hi--I have started to use Picasa (free from Google) and it works quickly for me. I did have to spend an hour or so reading the instructions but it does have some nice features. I compress my 1 meg originals with a setting of 800x600 and 40% compression.
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Postby Jamie » Apr 14, 2007 10:33 am

Great Photos Everyone!!


I get lazy and just let a online site do it for me from time to time :D

http://www.bigwebpages.com/big/resize.html
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Postby LucyGoose » Apr 14, 2007 1:37 pm

But for people like me still on dial up, the thumbnails work the best...... :???:
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Postby Papou » Apr 15, 2007 6:42 pm

Thanks for your help...Hank, Pieter and Jamie. I went to your link Jamie and may have finally found an easy way to post pic on Hallsons...I have selected a width of 350 pixels and my 640x480 (82.6KB) should be 350x263 (31.5KB).

TATAAAAA....drums please....Here's my pic of Liberty:
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Postby Papou » Apr 15, 2007 6:44 pm

I guess I'm getting too old....or I'm too dumb....
I give up....sorrry
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Postby Papou » Apr 15, 2007 6:52 pm

One last time...now I'm sure it's ok...
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Postby thy » Apr 15, 2007 7:24 pm

Papuo... I'm gonna show that pic to my Liberty.. it is darn stubbon and just get fatter and fatter... one day it have to explode :lol:

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