Welcome to Bliss Irises

 

STOP PRESS

Bliss Irises are to be featured in the second series of The Great British Garden Revival. This is due to be screened in January 2015, every weekday for two weeks, starting at 7pm on Monday 5th January on BBC2. The Iris programme should be on Monday 12th January with Rachel de Thame. Do watch if you can and let me know what you think!

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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 anne.milner@btinternet.com

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.



We have been a National Collection since 2008. There is a link to the Plant Heritage website in the links section.

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 anne.milner@btinternet.com.  ID for old irises is notoriously difficult, and any helpful suggestions are always welcome.