Saw 'V is for Vendetta' this weekend and was blown away by this film. I got to about 2-3 movies in the theater per week so I'm a pretty jaded and tough critic at this point. Finally, a film that does not insult the intelligence of its audience! Multi-layered and complex it is worthy of several viewings and much discussion. Every set detail, every line, every plot twist is superbly crafted. My reason for siting it on this blog is that there is a sub-plot about the "Scarlet Carson" rose. (This variety does not exist. In the graphic novel, it was a 'Violet Carson,' which does. I assume the change was made so that a deep-colored variety could be used. Although it unfortunately dropped the "V" alliteration.) After sitting through umpteen number of movies and TV shows that portray improbably gardens -- ex. Gilmore Girls, which I adore, has a Connecticut Inn with year-round gardens full of May blooming flowers (Wisteria, tulips, etc.) -- or who stick obviously fake flowers with visible wire stems and plastic foliage everywhere (ex. Wedding Crashers), its nice to see a movie get it right.
You may not like 'V' or his politics, but you have to give props to anyone who lives underground and can grow roses like that! (The heat lamps and large planting urns are all shown discretely in the background.)
There are literally hundreds of folks on www.imdb.com and other blogs plus movie discussion boards talking about this rose. These are not gardeners, most are teen movie viewers who are craving to know more about it. If someone isn't breeding a "Scarlet Carson" and marketing the hell out of it - they are missing an incredible opportunity!
There is also a scene in the movie inside a private orchid greenhouse - very nicely done - as well as veiled references to the source of Nitrogen in the explosives V uses. (*Spoiler alert*: If you see it and wonder how V blew up the Larkhill prison from inside his cell, in the graphic novel it is revealed that V procures lots of fertilizers and other chemicals to grow his pampered roses in the prison yard.)
Seen any other great or blatantly wrong movie portrayals of gardens/gardening?