Music on Mondays—Safe at night in my secret rose garden having a garden party

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Mary Lennox is a troubled 10-year-old girl who was born in India to selfish, wealthy British parents who had never wanted her and were too wrapped up in their own lives to love or care about her.

That is the first sentence of the plot summary in the Wikipedia entry for “The Secret Garden,” a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett that was published in 1911.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Barnett

I first read it in 1962 when I was in second grade at Lake View Elementary School in Brigham City, Utah.

Lake View Elementary School in Brigham City, Utah

Ever since I read that book, I have always dreamed of having a secret garden. I never have, but I have had hundreds of gardens, specializing in cactus and succulents, although my back patio right now is full of geraniums, pelargoniums, and begonias, and sometimes a cool cat.

Zoey the Cool Cat

My trip to Bird Song a few weeks ago (Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance)  reminded me yet again how much I love gardens, how much they take the stress away of everyday life, how much they mean to me. Sitting in my gardens with a cool cat while reading and listening to music is a natural high for me.

I thought we would explore gardens in music for today’s Music on Mondays. Following are five of my favorite songs about gardens and plants.

“Safe In My Garden” by The Mamas & The Papas, 1968

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“Rose Garden” by Lynn Anderson, 1970

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“Garden Party” by Ricky Nelson, 1972

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“Gardening At Night” by R.E.M., 1982

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“Secret Garden” by Bruce Springsteen, 1995

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