Thank you for your information Calif_Sue. Several years ago I moved locally into my fiance's family built home that was originally built in 1910 by his great-grandfather and it was occupied by family members only. Over the years as family members grew out of it or they passed away, it was inherited by my fiance. This old home was in desperate need of a remodel and a landscaping makeover. I noticed upon moving here that there were irises planted on the property in clusters and also on the lot that is on the property next to us.
This lot next door was once a part of our property but is now abandoned. The first irises were planted by my fiance's grandmother who just passed away recently. She was married in our home when she was young and she was the first to plant these irises which is why they were scattered across both properties. I was allowed to dig up the old rhizomes and re-plant in our newly landscaped yard. What a job it was! You would never recognize it from before. Anyway, with all of that being said, I have replanted the irises along my fence line on an embankment so that I can easily get a nice view of these beauties. When I first dug them up and even after the first replanting, they were short in height and very few blooms.
They were also planted around our pond and fountain we built and they have multiplied like crazy and the growth has been absolutely amazing! So, I really can't take credit for planting them starting with the seeds or rhizomes. However, the ones that I replanted over the years that were born from the original ones planted I feel like I should be able to take credit for those. But, I understand the rules now of naming and registering specific Irises. If I can't register the iris, that's is ok, because the experience has taught me so much. If you want to know if any of them have a name that I created...? Yes, I named the specific 60" iris, "Mr. Iris"! I talk to all of my plants and flowers and even apologize to them if a leaf breaks or if when I am replanting, and one of them has some kind of obvious rot, which I have found in some of the other ones.
I am going to inquire with another family member who is still alive and would be probably the only person who actually planted some of the irises when she was living here. She would have some knowledge of where they all came from.