Do you remember the first time you saw the movie ?
Was it in a dark theatre, with the sounds amplified to the perfect scary pitch?
Do you remember the first scene, where the girl is swimming at night with her boyfriend, enticing him to join her far from the shoreline?
Then the music changes the carefree tone of the film. Duh duhnt, duh duhnt, duh duhnt…
It was a masterpiece of storytelling, a best selling novel by Peter Benchley transformed with precision by Steven Spielberg into a visual adventure.
It was released to the market during the peak of vacation beach season, June 20, 1975.
There was controversy, it would hurt the seaside tourism industry some said.
Word of mouth from the brave initial viewers had everyone standing in line to be scared out of the water.
The pacing, the acting, the props, the ocean, the sandy beach, all were just right.
Then the good guys, a mixed group of very fine fellows with acting skills above and beyond, go after the shark in a boat.
And the point dear readers, of this little excursion down memory lane, really does have a garden theme. For when we noticed the emerging spikes of Lilium ‘Black Beauty’, there was one thought that lept immediately to mind, that we were going to need, not a bigger boat, but bigger stakes, to hold this monster.
Happy April The First from Fairegarden!
1. Fritillaria meleagris
2. Anemone sylvestris ‘Madonna’
3. Dicentra spectabilis ‘Valentine’
4. Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
5. Epimedium sulphureum
6. Narcissus ‘Lorikeet’
7. Viola ‘Antique Shades’
9. Heuchera ‘Citronelle’
10. Helleborus orientale and Kitty
11. Lilium ‘Black Beauty’