Archive :   May   2013
POSTED May 29, 2013 6:00 pm IN:

The first garden I visited on Day 5 was the gold medal winning Trailfinders garden by Fleming’s Nurseries and Melbourne designer Philip Johnson. Phillip created an Australian landscape that focuses on water management and natural habitat gardening. This won the highest award and is a great note for Fleming’s Nurseries final hoorah at Chelsea, they’ve exhibited nine times at the show in the past, and won five gold medals. Amazing!


I adored ‘Satoyama Life’ by Kazu Ishihara, which won the best Artisan Garden Award. The moss covered ceilings, the gorgeous rickety shack, and the cute pebble walls all merged to create something breathtakingly beautiful.  The constant, delicate sound of running water throughout the garden created an air of peace and tranquility.

Japanese Garden

The National Botanic Garden of Wales’ was awarded a Silver Medal, and it’s not hard to see why.  Titled ‘Get Well Soon’ This amazing garden features 2,500 plants which all have healing properties.

Get Well Soon

Uniting the classic styles of the French and the English, The Laurent-Perrier garden is a contemporary take on a romantic green space. Designer Ulf Nordfjell, made use of simple materials such as stone, wood and metal to create this breathtaking beautiful garden.

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POSTED May 29, 2013 3:22 pm IN:

Day 4 saw the lovely Karen Nicol visit our stand. The concept for Karen’s beautiful Wild at Heart cushions was heavily influenced by her mother who was trained in Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral arranging. Her whimsical floral embroidery look perfect on the grey linen cushions. Thank you again Karen for the wonderful addition to our Chelsea Flower moment.


I also visited Prince Harry’s lovely Chelsea garden.  The Forget-me-not garden designed by Jinny Blom was built to raise awareness of the work of Harry’s charity, which supports vulnerable children in Lesotho.  It includes native Lesotho flowers and a contemporary pavilion based on a traditional Basotho roundhouse. Beautiful!

Prince Harry

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Harry's garden

My gorgeous friend Sophie Conran also launched her fabulous new garden accessory collection for Burgon and Ball, which is amazing. Well done Sophie.

Borgen and Ball

I simply adored their beautiful parsley wall! Perfect.


Wild at Heart also supplied some gorgeous flowers for Rob Ryan’s Artisan retreat and he was kind enough to share them with his followers on Facebook.  The flowers look fabulous in his ‘please smell us’ vase, which is available in our Wild at Heart stores. I’m so glad you enjoyed them Rob!

Rob Ryan Flowers

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POSTED May 26, 2013 7:02 am IN:

The Wild at Heart Chelsea Flower Stand was bustling on day three! Our lovely Ruth was on hand to answer your floristry questions…

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And we saw all sorts of fabulous things such as this amazing RHS Chelsea centenary sign.  I can’t believe it’s been 100 years.

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I saw these sweet Lupin flowers! Gorgeous…


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POSTED May 25, 2013 9:29 am IN:

Last week I stumbled across these amazing pictures of Chelsea’s very first show. How times have changed! I love all the fabulous outfits, and the sea of hats!

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Chelsea 100

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POSTED May 24, 2013 5:02 pm IN:

Chelsea Flower Show is a special time of year for me. I always wonder when I’ll experience my ‘Chelsea moment.’  It happens every year, and it always takes me by surprise. Whether it is a particular stand which takes my breath away, a chance meeting with an old friend or, a new flower I fall in love with, there is always one moment which defines my Chelsea.

So far 2013 has been so wonderful. These are my fabulous moments so far…

I simply adore these beautiful Iris’s. The colours are so dramatic and the shape is beautiful. They almost look like watermarked tear drops.
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This rainbow effect of these beautiful Roses is so pretty. I could get lost in the sea of blush pink, deep rose and gorgeous reds.

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Receiving one of these lovely hyacinth baskets would certainly make my day.  I love them all, particularly the lilac and deep pink tones!

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I love this little bit of fun to celebrate the centenary, it’s a hand completely made of Roses!

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This display by Tord Bonje really caught my eye. The colours look really beautiful in the Chelsea sunshine.  This is Tord’s first year at Chelsea, I’m so impressed by his wonderful creation!

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These pretty little auricula’s left me lost for words. Simply gorgeous…

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I love Susannah Hunter. Her leather goods have long been a ‘lust have’ for me. If you are not familiar with her, she makes amazing things such as this lovely armchair pictured below…


When I heard she had constructed a garden for Chelsea, I couldn’t wait to check it out. My highlight had to be this amazing leather wall. She must have put so much effort into this amazing achievement, simply stunning.

Susannah Hunter Leather Wall

I’m still waiting for my ultimate ‘Chelsea moment’ so stay tuned..

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POSTED May 24, 2013 2:37 pm IN:

Chelsea 2012 was really special for me. It was my first year exhibiting at Chelsea, and I opened the most wonderful Artisan retreat.  Titled  ‘Wild at Heart at Home’, my retreat was filled with contemporary accessories, vintage finds and vases filled with beautiful English garden flowers, heaven!

Nikki retreat


The finishing touch was our remarkable Stylist cover laid on the lawn outside the retreat… perfect.


Following on from our success in 2012, I was really excited to see this year’s Chelsea retreats.  My pick of this years has to be my gorgeous friend Rob Ryan’s Artisan dream.

Rob Ryan Inside Retreat

I adore the way the inside is like a nostalgic scrapbook of his life…

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House of Hemingway was another retreat I really liked, the exterior is just perfect.

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Pippa Small’s retreat was a particularly gorgeous shade of pink, mixed with golds, deep greens and beautiful shades of orange. I love!

Pippa Small

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Cath Kidson’s retreat was very sweet. Full of Roses and kitsch cute accessories.

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POSTED May 23, 2013 7:39 pm IN:

Last night I headed to the Blumenfeld Studios exhibition. It was wonderful.  His imagery is so incredible and influential.  Spanning over such a long period of time (1941 – 1960), it’s fascinating to see how his work grew and evolved. Make sure you catch it whilst it is on, until early September.



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