Rosa 'James Mason' & 5 FingersSunday, June 04, 2017
|Rosa 'James Mason' June 4 2017|
After all these years of gardening and also watching my mother garden in the late 40s in Buenos Aires I am amazed on how plants and flowers conjure images from my past.
The brilliantly red modern Gallica Rose, Rosa ‘James Mason’ my Rosemary’s favourite even though I point out that it hardly has any scent brings me the memory of a scary black+white film I saw in 1953 called 5 Fingers. I remember a scene where nasty spy Mason is desperately opening and closing a safe when at any moment he will be discovered.
My recollection of all things Mason were reinforced when in the late 50s at St. Edward’s High School our class (10th grade) listened to a recording of him narrating Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabel Lee.
I believe I have seen all of Mason’s films but two, standout in my memory. One is Murder by Decree where he plays Dr. Watson to Christopher Plummer’s Sherlock Holmes the other is the startling 1969 Australian film Age of Consent where a very young and unclad (in several scenes) Helen Mirren seduces the older James Mason in a sort of reversal of Mason’s 1962 Lolita.
That a beautiful red rose can extract all this from my memory is but another affirmation of the pleasure of growing roses.