Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Secret Gardens


Another movie I recently watched is The Secret Garden.
How did I forget how visually lovely and heart-warming this movie is?








And some recent photos from my own not-so-secret garden.
 

















18 comments:

  1. This post made me smile... especially the last photo of the little bunny but! The book is one of my favorites, only watched the film once, might do again. Happy almost August!

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    1. ahhh, your comment makes me happy too! You know, I believe I'd only seen this version once before. It is just so gorgeous - the estate, gardens, the little girl's delight in making things grow which parallels her own path to finding a place of belonging. Actor John Lynch is just so dreamy as well.

      I'd had a few days of intense worry as the bunny was MIA, but she came back...almost two months of daily visits. Happy almost August to you too.

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  2. I have never seen a version of the Secret Garden that I didn't love, but this one is especially fine. Your photos have captured the movie clips perfectly. I love it when Mary finds the room in the tower, filled with cobwebs and dust and vines, encasing feminine treasures.
    The Secret Garden (In book form) has been illustrated by countless artists and I collect the most beautiful renditions.

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    1. It is a movie I never tire of watching! I loved the cast of this one - have a major crush on John Lynch:) And oh, the pictures she finds of her mother and aunt, so beautiful.

      I'm sure your book collection is off-the-charts lovely:)

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  3. Your photos are always so lovely, you have a gift for photography. I bought the secret garden a while back on a dollar table but I haven't seen it yet. I read the book years ago so now upon your recommendation I will watch it tonight. I am working on my own new garden at the moment so maybe it will give me some inspiration.
    Your blog always gives me that too!
    Best,
    Tricia and the Kitties

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    1. What sweet words and you've made me smile. This is definitely a movie to sooth the soul - like a hot cup of tea, blanket and kitty on a rainy day kind of movie! I can't wait to hear what you think about it. I didn't concentrate too much on the house (mansion/castle!) - it is magnificent though and took a backseat to the lovely grounds and animals which are more the focus of the story. Hard to compete with Mother Nature.

      Warm hugs to you and yours:)

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  4. Lovely images all! I'm definitely adding that movie to my list.

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    1. It is one you want to buy and bring out to watch over and over. Maggie Smith is in it - portraying a rigid, acid tongue character as only she can do.

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  5. I Wonder if there is anyone that hasn't dreamed of having their very own Secret Garden... or at the very least, stumbling upon one to Explore?!?

    Thanks for stopping by for a Visit and to behold my Lovelies...

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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    1. I doubt it! It is like the ultimate quest and even more thrilling than a trunk of treasures in an attic. A garden is a living thing in constant renewal.

      ...speaking of a trunk of treasures - that is your blog!

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  6. I vividly remember reading the book as a child -- my aunt had a copy. It was the first time I had encountered one of those wonderful Victorian British children's books (Like "The Wind in the Willows," "The Just So Stories," "The Jungle Book," the Alice books and the Pooh books-- those last three Disney cutesyfied to the point of nausea -- I didn't read most of them until I was in my 20's because they simply weren't available in the libraries of my small southern town). It was a magical experience. I think what appeals to me is that the Secret Garden was walled, private, a hideaway -- Secret! Love the birds and bunnies in your secret garden. Now I have to hunt down that version of "The Secret Garden" film, of course. I've seen a couple of versions, (including the old 1949 B&W version with Margaret O'Brien, and Dean Stockwell as the "crippled" kid.) but not that one. Was Maggie Smith in your version?
    There's a musical duo named "Secret Garden." If you don't know their music, I think you'd like it. See:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jgz0PEmS80&feature=fvwrel
    and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZUKA1gK4b4&feature=related

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    1. I'm almost sad to say I've never read the book! But I shall. Maggie Smith is in this one and I think it was made in the 1990s. There was also a fawn, a goat, geese, fox, ferret - all these lovely little animals.

      Thanks so much for the music link - how beautiful!!

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  7. There are so many lovely images in this post, your garden must be really magical. It's a while since I saw The Secret Garden and this version looks especially attractive,I think I may treat myself to the DVD.

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    1. Thank you Rowan. We've had some oppressive heat this year, but fortunately enough rain to avoid droughts. Most of my garden is happy, if a bit wilted. This version of Secret Garden is going in my "movies to watch for instant joy" pile. I freely admit to loving a happy ending and this is one children could watch too.

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  8. I can't believe what sweet pictures you've gotten of your garden creatures. You seem to have caught them all in their very cutest moments.

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    1. Thank you so much. I am lucky to be surrounded by so much wildlife right outside my door - just a matter of watching and waiting:)

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  9. Awww! I love that movie too! The scene where all the flowers bloomed filled me with happiness. It was so beautiful that it made me cry. It made me realize how much I miss my grandma’s garden and her pretty roses. Anyway, your garden is very beautiful too! Even the critters all look so cute. =)

    Jory Prison

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  10. Stunning photos...so beautiful! Thanks for sharing them.

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