how many millions of named TB hybrids are there??
While at a farmer's market this last weekend, I bought a grocery bag of mixed rhizomes for $10 from Monterey Bay Iris Society. I alphabetized them, wrote down all names and color descriptions (from marker notes on stems), then when I got home I tried to find images of each online. After going through 6 large nursery galleries of photos, I was able to find half of them. I know some of the fun of growing irises is creating new hybrids, but how many are there? Why do some that look almost exactly alike have different names? Can anyone register a "new" hybrid?
Separate query: what are your favorite color combinations? I had purples/red/violets in front beds, apricots/tans/yellows in back. Now I have so many new colors, I'm going to be mixing displays. Advice? Supreme Sultan and Battle Royal used to have their own bed because I couldn't find something that complemented their gold/maroon blooms; now I need to use their space too.