A love of beauty
Once a show gardener, Marianne McRae now pours her time and love into the gardens of Pinesong.
Marianne McRae, 81, starts her day at 4am with a 30-lap swim. Then she gets outside in the garden.
She’s the visionary and creator behind no fewer than four communal village gardens at Pinesong in West Auckland. Then there’s her own show-stopping garden of brightly coloured blossoms and verdant hanging baskets that showcases her love of flowers and colour.
Pinesong Resident, Marianne McRae
Before moving to Pinesong, Marianne would spend many a weekend visiting Auckland quarries to choose the right rocks to build drystone walls for her many levelled show garden. At Pinesong, she gardens even more now than she did then.
Plant health is what she aims for.
“I put the strong health of my plants and blooms down to regular top-ups with compost, quite a bit of liquid blood and bone and various other fertilisers. Any plant that doesn’t perform is tossed out.”
With a love of flowers and colour and making things more beautiful, gardening, for Marianne, has many benefits.
“I can’t stop it,” she admits. “I love the physical side, but most of all I love being outside alone with my thoughts and working to create something of beauty, something that others may enjoy, too.”
Her favourite flower? Blue Geranium Rozanne. “It’s the simplicity of the blooms and the beautiful blue-mauve colour. It’s always in flower so it’s a perfect ground cover in a sunny position.”