Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.
Matt George joined the “Something Beautiful” followers this week. As is my practice with new followers, I checked out his site to find out about him. He is a fine photographer who photographs his own roses. And they are exquisite. Though his lavender rose is not my favorite, I chose it because it is the color I believe the Miniver rose to be.
Mrs. Miniver won the 1943 Oscar for Best Picture and five other Oscars including a Best Actress for Greer Garson (a personal favorite). In 2009, Mrs. Miniver was named to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant and will be preserved for all time. I won’t belabor the plot, but there is a scene in which Mr. Ballard, the rail station manager and amateur rose
enthusiast, introduces Mrs. Miniver to his pride—a newly bred rose he hopes to competefor the Beldon Cup usually won by Lady Beldon. In the scene, Henry Travers (Clarence the angel in It’s a Wonderful Life) who plays Ballard, pays tribute to Miniver, who is never too busy or important to treat him with kindness and respect, by asking if she will allow him to name the rose after her.
Garson is one of those unusual people whose life imitated the art. By all accounts, she was the gracious lady she played on screen. One reason why her biography was entitled A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson. Bella Rosa.