Bloom is a seasonal magazine for gardeners, plant admirers, nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. Each issue is packed with practical gardening projects, explorations of the natural world and celebrations of the beauty of all green spaces, whether they’re in the wilderness or on a windowsill. Beautiful and useful, Bloom inspires you to harness the power of nature and to get out there and be a part of it.
Nature is space.
THE SEASON • What to forage, spot, harvest and grow this spring
A GARDENER’S ESSENTIAL A–Z PART ONE • From ‘annual’ to ‘variegated’, gardening terms are many and confusing. Our glossary of common words dispels the mystery, with clear definitions to help you master the lingo. The three-part dictionary (across three issues) kicks off here with A to G…
Rewilding is capturing imaginations and changing our landscapes. • But can we return our gardens to nature? And should we?
FACT OF THE MATTER • We all want the most from our plants – neverending flowers, healthy growth, abundant fruit and veg – but is fertiliser always necessary? And which one should you use? Laetitia Maklouf breaks it down
Six scents • There’s more to a sensory garden than rosemary and lavender – the Bloom team chooses their favourite fragrant plants
POND IN A POT • Garden designer Sid Hill shows us how to create a watery wildlife magnet for all spaces
A SPRIG OF SOMETHING SPECIAL • Bring fresh flavours to your kitchen and a bold look to your garden with these unusual herbs
Chiltern Seeds • Grow something new from seed
FROM SMALL TO MIGHTY • Start from seed and create unusual, bountiful container displays without breaking the bank
10 TIPS FOR RAISING HAPPY SEEDLINGS
UNDERGROUND HITS • Switch out the humble spud for superstar tubers with style
FOOD FOR THOUGHT • A kitchen garden can be more than just a source of produce – at The Pig, it’s a creative playground where the gardeners and chefs inspire each other to up their game
KITCHEN GARDEN TAKEAWAYS FROM THE PIG
Back to nature • What happens to the body after death can impact the planet in devastating ways. Euan Ferguson lifts the lid on green burials
Green shoots in the Pink City • Step into the reawakening gardens of Marrakesh, where horticulture and history meet
The riad rules • Unlocking the garden’s heavenly principles
GREEN SCREEN • As a new adaptation of children’s classic The Secret Garden opens in cinemas, the film’s ‘head of greens’ Lucinda Mclean reveals how she gave its spectacular plantlife a starring role
Faceless supermarkets and uniform veg… …or this? • Community supported agriculture is a partnership between farmer and consumer that shares the risks and rewards of growing produce. It’s a model that could revolutionise our relationship with food – but it requires cooperation, goodwill and, crucially, the abandoning of convenience. Laura Morrison meets three project founders to find out if good intentions can drive a movement…
Off the mat and into nature • Take a cue from yoga and you could align yourself with nature without ever striking a pose
ADOPT A NEW POSITION • 5 tips for finding nature through yoga
‘WE ARE NOT ABOVE NATURE, WE ARE PART OF IT’ • He created the soundtrack to Amélie, but never fell for the charms of Paris. Acclaimed French composer Yann Tiersen explains how nature became his driving force after a shock encounter with a wild animal
The greenhouse effect • Growing things under glass is having a bit of a moment, but these steamy sanctuaries have provided a meeting place for people and nature for centuries
LOOK SHARP • In the UK, cacti can be big; in Arizona, they’re enormous. Photographer...