Classical yet natural, the loose, romantic English style of flower arranging that Nikki Tibbles pioneered during the 1990s makes her Wild At Heart empire a byword for contemporary floristry. We stopped by the boutique at Liberty, just off Regent Street, to watch the super-skilled Astrid build a gorgeous spring table centrepiece.
She is using flowers that look decidedly towards spring – not a dark green or red berry in sight – and are widely available now. The roses, tulips and cherry blossom are imported from Italy and the Netherlands. Cost price will be a small fraction of what you’d pay for this kind of arrangement at a Wild At Heart boutique, but it’s still relatively extravagant (think around £35 for a big one), so vary the volume of flowers according to your own budget.
Astrid’s top tips
- Keep the oasis wet (use a miniature watering can) and this beautiful arrangement should last you a week. Mist it with water daily.
- It should look extravagant, all flowers and no foliage, so go for a smaller arrangement if you want to spend less, rather than diluting the look. You can always use rose petals to fill the cake stand to the brim.
- You could also proceed using only four to five elements, leaving out, say, the tulips or the cherry blossom.
- You could substitute pretty, less expensive wax flowers, aka chamelaucium, for the blushing viburnum. They are very different, but are on the same scale.
- Ivy from the garden makes a good stand-in for costly trailing jasmine.