“Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers…” Walt Whitman
The annual HarperCollins Summer Party has become something which I look forward to each year and this year was no exception! I mean, what can be more beautiful than styling flowers with literature?
This year, I set out to create an enchanted, sun-lit forest in Kensington Palace’s beautiful Orangery. Luckily for us all, it was another balmy Summer’s night, with the sunshine casting a delicious haze over the whole evening…perfect for my sun-lit forest vision!
My colour palette was ivory, parchment white, soft ambers, rose golds, creamy peaches, smooth apricots and velvety champagne tones, all mixed into one dreamy mix. Using fragrant, apricot and lemon stocks, peach delphiniums, cream and peach peonies and antique caramel roses, I created large flower meadows around magnificent, paper trees and floor to ceiling flower columns which framed both the entrance to the Orangery and provided stunning focal points inside the terrace marquee. What with the fragrant stocks and peonies, the room smelt divine, while the blend of colours provided a visual feast for all of the literary guests.