Who I Am
I Grow Plants!
My name is Rosie Nixon. I'm a wife, mother, granny, gardener, photographer and freelance garden columnist. I grew up gardening alongside my grandfather. Not only did he pass on his passion ... in due time I also made it my career. I have almost 15 years of experience working with the public in the horticultural industry.
I've created an all seasons wildlife garden right in the heart of Scotland. I prefer to sit, observe and soak in nature as every season has its beautiful moments. It's amazing how nature handles versatility in bringing it about in its daily struggle. I'm a strong believer in 'faith in the unseen' and can relate so well to this quote by Spurgeon ...Nature is a looking-glass in which I see the face of God.
My garden will never win any awards unlike my photography. Let's just say that I'm easily distracted from doing the weeding by anything that flutters, flies, buzzes, creeps or crawls!
What I Do
I Grow Photos!
I'm a Perthshire | Tayside garden photographer. While the garden is my very own natural light studio. I've also written about garden and flower photography for My Garden School.com. It's the largest horticulturalist school online where internationally acclaimed garden designers such as Noel Kingsbury and John Brookes are writers.
My work is listed with Prodigar Picture and Artist Agency, London. Furthermore I'm listed with a UK boutique image library (Red Edge) for book publishers worldwide. I sell prints and canvas on my fine art shop through Loxely Colour. While I curate a small selection of images on Crated.com and Fine Art America for international customers.
Jay Patel featured images from my portfolio and listed me as 'a photographer to watch' on The Landscape Photography Show. While just recently Practical Photography magazine featured my work over 5 pages in their Spring 2016 edition.
When I Garden
I Grow in Learning
Perennial plants come and go especially in the parts where the soil is heavy clay. Sometimes it's a challenge to keep the plants alive from year to year. The lowest recorded temperature was in 2010 when the garden reached -17.4℃. After having three previous gardens this one has been the most difficult. In other words I learned quickly that I had to plant what would survive rather than plant my favourites.
Plant losses are inevitable to every gardener but it always presents the opportunity to try something new in the garden.
The garden has a very relaxed, naturalistic and informal planting scheme. Nevertheless there are still strong lines of design. Consequently it gives a sense of order especially when viewed from one of the windows above.
When I Garden
I Share with Nature
I designed the garden focusing on biodiversity. Due to habitat loss I abandoned herbicides. Nowadays I plant with wildlife pollinators in mind along with creating something that's pleasing to the eye. I leave the seed heads on plants over the winter to provide free board and keep for the wildlife! I choose flowers that have nectar rich qualities but it's not all about flowers is it?
In particular I choose plants for their seasonal interest along with their contrasting foliage texture. The borders are like a piece of embroidery rather than drifts of prairie planting. After all many plants were impulse buys! I break colour rules as I tease my imagination while encouraging self sown seedlings to wander and intermingle. The end result is an informal garden where I can relax with my family and observe nature. Along with me ...my garden and photography will always be a work in progress.