I always love having fresh flowers in my flat, but I don’t know the first thing about how to arrange a bouquet. That’s where Bloom & Wild come in. If you haven’t heard of them before, they’re a flower delivery company who have created unique letterbox-sized boxes so you can get bouquets delivered straight through your door.
Recently, Bloom & Wild teamed up with legendary florist, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, to create a stunning collection of seasonal bouquets. Having worked with luxury brands and world-class venues (like Chanel, Christian Dior, Claridge’s and Kensington Palace), Nikki is well known for her opulent and creative bouquets and floral displays. If you’re a Londoner, you might also recognise Wild at Heart from their shops in Notting Hill, Pimlico Road and the iconic Liberty of London.
Creating our own bouquets
I was lucky enough to be invited along to a workshop with Bloom & Wild and Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart, held in Edinburgh’s G&V Royal Mile Hotel. Nikki’s collection for Bloom & Wild contains three beautiful seasonal bouquets, and at the workshop we learnt how to create the Red Skies bouquet. It’s a stunning mix of 30 autumnal stems, including deep burgundy coloured hydrangea, astrantia roma, blueberry roses and hypericum berries.
Nikki’s floral arrangements often have a signature domed shape, so we learnt how to create this by spiralling the stems together. Although my bouquet wasn’t quite as neat as the ones created by the Wild at Heart ladies, I was still pretty impressed with the results!
As well as creating our bouquets, we also enjoyed a cocktail made using Daffy’s Gin and the hotel’s own Plan Bee honey, and a delicious buffet lunch from the G&V kitchen. Seriously, I’m still thinking about that mushroom risotto. Yum!
Top tips for flower arranging
I picked up a few great tips at the workshop, and thought it would only be fair to share them with you! Whether you’re attempting to create a stunning centrepiece or just want to make the best arrangement possible out of your Bloom & Wild letterbox flowers, keep these tips from Nikki Tibbles in mind:
- Start by conditioning your flowers. Lay them all out on the table to see what you’ve got, then strip all the leaves that are beneath your ‘binding point’. This is the point where all your stems meet and the bouquet will be tied. Once in a vase this will be just above the line of the water. Any leaves under this point will end up in the water, and will rot and make your water dirty, which will shorten the life of your bouquet.
- To create a domed bouquet, you need to spiral the stems together. Using one hand to support the bouquet, start with one central flower, then lay the next stem over it on a slight diagonal. Turn the stems round and then place your next flower. Keep going until you’ve placed all the flowers and you should end up with a spiral of stems with the binding point where your hand is.
- Try to avoid having too many flowers of one type together. Spread them out evenly throughout your bouquet for a more polished look.
- Once your bouquet is finished, tie it tightly with some string to keep the shape. If you want certain flowers to be placed higher up in the arrangement, you can pull gently on the stems to raise them up.
- Cut the stems so they’re the right length to fit in your vase. Make sure to cut them diagonally so they have a larger surface area to suck up fresh water.
- To keep you bouquet looking fresh, the best thing to do is to replace the water every few days and give the stems a quick trim. Before putting your flowers in the vase, you can also use a sterilising tablet to make sure the water is completely clean.
The Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart collection is available now from Bloom & Wild. The letterbox bouquets would make the perfect gift, or just a treat for yourself! My bouquet from the workshop is still going strong at the moment, but I’ll definitely be treating myself to another bouquet soon.
Have you tried Bloom & Wild‘s letterbox flowers before?