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 now.
THE SEASON • What to forage, spot, harvest and grow this spring
TICKLED PINK • In jam with ginger, beside a scoop of ice cream in a crumble or freshly plucked with a sprinkle of sugar, rhubarb is a versatile classic. We look back at the story of a tart vegetable with international appeal
FORCED OR FIELD?
STICK WITH IT • The National Trust’s Clumber Park is home to the national collection of rhubarb. Head gardener Dene Wood shares his favourite varieties and top tips for stunning stems
RAZZLE DAZZLE • Dahlias sure know how to put on a show. Expert grower Paul Stickland of Black Shed flower farm in Dorset shares his guide to growing the garden’s ultimate attention-grabbers
TAKE FIVE • Black Shed’s most delightful dahlias
DELICIOUS BY DESIGN • Rows of greens standing to attention in a veg patch have their charms, but dot your borders with beautiful edibles instead and you’ll have a garden that’s as stylish as it is tasty
ACE OF SHRUBS • Forget that sorry-looking mass at the back of the border – shrubs can be lush and vibrant garden beauties. Here’s how to embrace the bush
power couples • Some plants are just better together. We asked a few of our favourite plantspeople for their go-to botanical pairings
ELEMENTS OF NATURE • Tokachi Millennium Forest is a forward-thinking ecological park in Hokkaido, the most northern of Japan’s main islands. Intended as an ongoing collaboration between nature and man, the result is a pioneering space that balances the cultivated and the wild. Head gardener Midori Shintani explains the Japanese principles that helped shape the project
PECKS APPEAL • No outdoor space is too small, or too urban, to attract our beloved birds. Ornithologist Dan Rouse shares her tips for tempting these feathered creatures into your garden
THE MAGIC THREE • Grown together in a pot, calendula, yarrow and lady’s mantle not only create a gorgeous floral display, but also provide a versatile garden first-aid kit. Herbalists Kim Walker and Vicky Chown explain why every gardener needs this trio of plants
UP UP AND AWAY • Every autumn, Europe’s ospreys migrate south, travelling thousands of miles from Scotland and Scandinavia to Sub-Saharan Africa. This year, Sacha Dench will be travelling with them, following their flight path in a motorised paraglider. Fergus Morgan asks the conservationist and adventurer why she’s taking to the sky
City flights • Birds are as much a part of the urban landscape as traffic wardens and tower blocks – you just have to know where to look for them. And more of us than ever are appreciating these fine flyers without setting foot in the countryside
BIRDS OF A FEATHER • Fledgling birder Asad Zulfiqar found a love of the outdoors with Flock Together, a new collective addressing the underrepresentation of people of colour in nature
PETAL POWER • Every year, millions of British flowers are nurtured to full bloom by a dedicated bunch of some 1,000 farmers. As the industry blossoms and consumers switch on to local and sustainable flowers, six growers share the roots and revelations of their business
magnificent mushrooms • Fungi have delighted and mystified humans for millennia. As we begin to better understand their vital role to life on Earth, Dr Sarah Watkinson of the...