Welcome to Bliss Irises
We are interested in finding other Bliss Irises, and would love to hear from anyone who has any information about where any might be growing. There are still over 100 out there somewhere, and any help tracking them down is appreciated. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The definitive book on Bliss Irises is in the process of publication. It is the story of Arthur Bliss, how the National Collection developed and about all the irises bred by him. It contains numerous photographs and some wonderful watercolours by Fern Harden. Further information about the book will be added to this site, or you can find out more from http://www.troubador.co.uk/book_info.asp?bookid=3981 .
We hope that the book will be ready for sale at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in early July, where Bliss Irises will be sharing a stand (PH309) with Sarah Cook and her Sir Cedric Morris Irises.
You can buy the book from any bookshop: ISBN: 9781785892981 £14.99. It is available for preorder already. If you want a signed copy, contact me!
You can find out about Arthur Bliss and his Irises by using the navigation bar at the top of this page, and also see which irises are in the Collection.
You may notice that the heights quoted from old catalogues vary. Iris heights are liable to vary from year to year and depending on growing conditions. Heights really only give an idea of whether the iris is tall medium or short. Colour may also vary and it can be very difficult to represent colour accurately in a photograph, so please keep this in mind.
We are happy to sell irises by mail order or personal collection where appropriate, when there are enough to spare. Please contact us for further information.
The National Collection of Arthur Bliss Irises is held by Anne Milner in Gloucestershire.
About 20 years ago, while researching her family history with a distant cousin, Anne was offered two irises bred by her great uncle. As she had a large garden at the time and quite liked
irises, she accepted. Her cousin explained that her mother, Phyllis, used to help Uncle Arthur as a child and that Phyllis had these two irises directly from him. She had also managed to get a
list of all his irises and the dates of introduction. These two irises were supposed to be Dominion and Cardinal. Dominion was a famous iris as it had been the fore-runner of many modern irises
and was particularly known for its velvety falls. From this small beginning the National Collection of Arthur Bliss Irises was born.
Please note that all photographs on this site are copyright. Please ask if you wish to use any of them. Thank you for your consideration.
If you have any concerns or information about identity for any of the irises on this site, please contact me at email@example.com. ID for old irises is notoriously difficult, and any helpful suggestions are always welcome.