To celebrate the arrival of fall, I have partnered with The Whitby Hotel to create a special afternoon tea inspired by my favorite seasonal blooms.
I like flowers that are rich, painterly and sumptuous. My favorites change constantly but I always return to the black and white anemone. They are delicate and graphic, timeless and modern. They satiate my love for duality with their angelic white petals and inky black center!
Another favorite is the pink garden rose. So very English and old-fashioned but not mumsy. They also happen to be my birth flower. The Whitby pastry team realized all my favorite blooms so beautifully. They are almost too pretty to consume!
When thinking about seasonal flowers, there is nothing like a Dahlia in the fall. They are also very English, with their fiery tipped petals and giant starburst shapes, they remind me of a beautiful, blazing autumn sunset. I also chose the peach Dahlia for the Whitby Tea because the color reminds me of my favorite Farrow & Ball paint color called “Ointment” which the Orangery Room at the Whitby is painted in. It’s an archive color which makes it that much more special.
Finally, snowberries are something I look forward to all year long. They are like a magnificent string of pearls, delicate yet indestructible.
In addition to the teacakes and sweets, no traditional British afternoon tea would be complete without a selection of sandwiches, delicious scones served with clotted cream and preserves and a choice of speciality loose leaf teas. If you reserve a table for this Saturday and Sunday, a special LMD floral arrangement will arrive at your table made with all of my favorite flowers. Enjoy!