Dutton Hall
Lancashire's Premier Classic Rose Garden


The Season of Remembrance – Rose ‘Pax’ – 25 October 2018


In 1917 Joseph Pemberton bred his Hybrid Musk rose “Pax”. In correspondence with his gardener, John Bentall who was on active service in France, he said the rose had been well received at the National Rose Society’s summer exhibition and that he planned to introduce it in 1918 if the Great War ended – fortunately, it did.

100 years on, this stunning white rose with large white blooms is still available and is a symbolic reminder of the end of “the war to end all wars”.

This rose deserves wider appreciation with very large semi-double flowers which are creamy-white to white with gold stamens. The petals are well formed and rolled at the edge. They are displayed in large, well-spaced clusters on wonderful arching stems, which are robust, and a reddish-brown and compliment the dark green foliage. Its scent is musky. It will grow into a bush up to 6 by 8 feet high.

And most significantly it flowers well into the Season of Remembrance

We have “Pax” within our Plant Heritage National Collection http://www.duttonhall.co.uk/rose-list/pemberton-and-bentalls-hybrid-musk-roses

Rosa pax - Buds Rose Pax Flower
Bud Opening Bloom
Rose Pax Full Flower Rose Pax stem
Full Bloom Stem
Fascicularia bicolor – 21 October 2018

This spiky little bromeliad is brightening up a dark corner of the greenhouse now.


Spiky red Cactus
Autumn Fruits 02 September 2018

Autumn is here early this year. There is already a profusion of hips, haws, Crab apples and seeds. A testament to the long hot days of June and July, as well as insect pollination.


Hips Haws
Crab Apple Red Sentinel Rose Bay Willow Herb Seed Heads
Mushrooms 28 August 2018

After the long dry spell, a period of damp days has caused an explosion of fungi in the shadier parts of the garden.

Sadly no field mushrooms yet!


Low Level Mushrooms Mini Mushrooms
Drought? 6 August 2018

Water lilies are cool, well our’s are enjoying a wonderful show with their feet in the cool water of the pond. No doubt you are doing the same on the beach.


Photograph of WaterliliesWaterlilies (15)