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 transformative.
THE SEASON • What to forage, spot, harvest and grow this autumn
FRINGE BENEFITS • They’re vital habitats for wildlife, they contribute to a healthy planet and they’re part of our cultural heritage – here’s why hedgerows are far more than bits on the side
SIDE ORDERS • From acorns to hazelnuts, yarrow to blackberries, there’s an autumn feast to be found on the edges
Make it a bed of roses • With thousands of cultivars – and a reputation for sharpness – roses can be a daunting plant to introduce to your garden. To take the prickle out of the process, rose aficionado Greg Loades has the answers to the most common questions
Nose out the right rose • Plants for every place and purpose
WINTER WARMERS • Don’t pack up your pots just yet – follow these simple planting combos for a vibrant winter garden, says container garden pro Harriet Rycroft
A seasonal spread for flying foragers • Autumn and winter can be tough on bees and other pollinators. But with a bit of planting planning by us, they can still find a feast, says author and professor of biology Dave Goulson
buzz for housekeeping • Wildlife writer and gardener Kate Bradbury gets her cleaning brush ready as she explains the importance of keeping your solitary bee hotel spick and span
LEAN ON ME • We all need a little support at times. Ecological gardener Alison Jenkins shows us how to create sustainable hazel structures for the garden
A design for garden and mind • Sarah Layton, founder of garden coaching and design practice Growthfully, suggests an altogether more mindful approach to planning your own plot
SWEET PEA HEAVEN • Sow Lathyrus odoratus in the cold months and next summer will be full of fragrant climbers bursting with flowers
PLEASING PEAS • Five of the best
CHILLY PICKING • The season of abundant harvest might have passed, but there are still treats to be foraged. Wild food expert Liz Knight points out some of the finest cold-weather finds
SOW IN A ROW • Get your diary aligned with this seed-sowing guide and reap a bountiful harvest all year round
ON HOLY GROUND • In France’s Loire Valley, a group of nuns have found that getting closer to mother nature can mean getting closer to God. Social anthropologist Mathilde Morin learns more about their holistic way of gardening
‘It’s an unnatural garden designed for nature’ • Artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg has created software for bugs and put an algorithm in charge of a garden created solely for the pleasure of pollinators
Bloom is 10! • To celebrate the mighty achievement of publishing Bloom issue 10, we’ve gone back to our debut issue and invited original contributors to reflect on the last three years in the world of nature and gardening
SIGN LANGUAGE • The Sun’s journey through the zodiac reflects the astrological seasons and the four seasons as we know them. Modern astrologer Vanessa Montgomery tells us how we can take inspiration by understanding our place in the universe
WILD THING • It’s been 100 years since celebrated floral ‘decorator’ Constance Spry first began disrupting the floristry industry. Lucy Kehoe explores her lasting legacy and the return of her pioneering style
LET’S WALK AND TALK… • Talking can help us find a way through...