While I was at a Hosta club sale in 2012, I was checking out the plants and containers other gardeners were able to score. I saw some Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' in one of the containers my friend Mary bought. I had been looking for this durable little hosta for quite some time. They didn't have more available at the sale. Lamenting about this, she quickly separated out 5 mature divisions spreading about 10" wide. The caveat was that I had to return the favor the following year by giving her some of the divisions back. I thought Mary was off her rocker, but agreed.
It's disappointing that I don't typically find this little charmer in local garden centers. Recently, I did find Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' at a garden center, on sale even. After a quick glance at the plants and the price, I was not compelled to buy these plants at all. The plants were unhealthy, small and way over-priced. I'm not scientific about my limit of cost to desire, but this plant (pictured here) was well in the limit. This problem is all too common.
Would you pay for a plant that is typically a high performer but is in visible distress? I'm not an economics major, but I know there's an equation for this. I frequently go to end-of-season sales and sweep up the perennials that have died back into the pot. It is common for me to buy the kind of plant that a normal (perhaps even sane) home owner would walk by as if it were garbage. I buy these because I know that they will perform. I do it because I see that the roots are still healthy and the plant has completed its season. I do it for the deal. This is my kind of deal. But I could not convince myself, and I tried hard, to buy any of these hostas. Would you?