Dutton Hall
Lancashire's Premier Classic Rose Garden


Rosa “Wooley Dod”

There is some confusion over this Rose; The Revd. Charles Wooley Dod did not name a rose in any of his writings or after himself and it may more properly be R. pomifera ‘Duplex’. There is an illustration of a rose from Wolley Dod’s home, Edge Hall, in Ellen Willmott’s book The Genus Rosa. The illustration shows a large shrub with grey green leaves and semi-double pink flowers and large red hips. This picture is of the rose in bud and when it comes into full bloom and it hips, it matches Willmott’s description. What is not in doubt is that the rose in the picture came from Edge Hall!

Rosa banksiae lutea – 01 May 2019

This is the double flowered version of R. banksiae lutescens. Buttery yellow with a light fragrance and powerful rambling habit, growing to 20 feet on the front of our house.

Rosa banksiae lutescens – 29 April 2019

An unusual single yellow Banksian rose, rambling in habit, almost thornless, and delicately scented.

Rosa Banskiae
Fritillaria meleagris – 21 April 2019

The Snake’s Head Fritiilary, a distinctive spring bulb which grows successfully in some of our grass areas.



Pyrus salicifolia pendula – 14 April 2019

The delightfully petite flowers of the Willow Leaf Pear.

Rhodendron ‘Countess of Haddington’ – 7 April 2019

Flowering profusely with a delicate scent, this lovely Rhododendron

Rhododenron 'Countess of Haddington'
Early April Yellows – 2 April 2019

A few dry days and a bit a warmth and the garden starts to wake up.



Yellow Primula Bank of Primroses
Primula  ‘Lindum Rapture’  Primula vulgaris
 Salix Helvetica  Rhododendron sinogrande
 Salix helvetica Rhododendron sinogrande
February Sunset – 19 February 2019

In the last week we have witnessed some stunning sunsets – clear, fierce red and sometimes with a contrasting vivid blue sky. These two pictures were taken on the same day only minutes apart.


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Hungry Owl? – 06 February 2019

This Barn Owl has been around regularly in recent weeks, hunting methodically over some of our rough grass.


Barn Owl
It’s Cold Outside – 23 January 2019

We missed the Super Blood Wolf Moon, but this morning brought some stunning scenery in the garden.

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Up the Garden Monkey Puzzle
December Delights – 17 December 2018

There are flowers to be seen in the garden, although any berries that remain will soon be eaten by the birds


P1010700 Viburnum Bodnantens Dawn
Ilex Golden King Viburnum x bodnantense “Dawn”

The Pemberton Rose Danae is still flowering, we are hoping it will make Christmas

Rose “Danae”


And the valley views are becoming more wintry.

Valley view 1
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)