A few weeks ago, a friend bragged about her hybrid Bearded Irises. There hardly is a plant on the market these days, it seems, that is not a hybrid. Two years ago, I had a huge crop of Thai basil in my garden, right next to an equally huge planting of purple basil. Guess what I have this year . . . . "purple Thai basil"? I have no idea what it tastes like (the plants are still too small to try), but I'll let you know later in the season!