Issue 10

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.

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1 min
nature is transformative.

Bloom is three years – 10 issues! – old, which is both incredible and humbling. Three years ago I had a full-time job commissioning books. I loved it and had worked hard to shift my career from journalist to publisher, but that whispering internal voice that had long called for a more independent life was becoming a roar. That roar coincided with a house move that gave me my very first garden – and I was utterly out of my depth. Bloom blossomed at that very moment. It was the magazine I needed and wanted to read, and felt in my gut that others needed too. Making it gave me the chance to work with talented friends, as well as knowledgeable and generous gardeners, experts and creatives who have filled…

1 min
bloomloves achillea

The genus Achillea, commonly known as yarrow, takes its name from the mythological Greek warrior Achilles who, as well as having that weak heel, understood the power of the plant and used it to staunch blood. Part of the daisy family, its pretty flowerheads are made up of many tiny flowers that create an umbrella-style form which gives pollinators a tempting landing pad. Colours range from turmeric and paprika to softer shades of lilac and white, and the flowers sit atop tall, stiff stems with feathery leaves. Plant in a sunny site and you can cut flowers for a vase long into autumn. Deadhead faded flowers to encourage more to emerge, though at the end of the season you can leave the seedheads through winter. You can also hang fresh…

6 min
the season

EXPLORE New nature reserves Some positive news – all around the country, outdoor spaces are being given back to nature, making it a bit easier for more of us to access the outdoors. Covering so much of the UK’s diverse habitats, and in locations both remote and accessible, these new reserves are a fine place for an autumn stroll. Purbeck Heaths, Dorset The UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve combined three existing NNRs along with new land to create a huge protected area alongside Poole harbour in the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (which incidentally covers 40 per cent of Dorset). The 3,331-hectare site includes lowland heath, coastal dunes and salt marsh, and is one of the most wildlife-rich places in the country – the list of species that live there runs into…

4 min
fringe benefits

Anyone who has flown over Britain will be familiar with the view from the plane’s windows: a patchwork quilt of fields stitched together by hedgerows. It’s a quintessential image of the British landscape. ‘Historically, hedgerows were boundary markers, a way of keeping animals in or out,’ says Nigel Adams, a professional hedgelayer specialising in countryside management in the Chiltern Hills. Boisterous bullocks can push through a line of saplings, but a barrier is formed if they’re woven together (a process called hedgelaying). Hedgerows created by humans can be traced back to the Bronze Age – they’re remnants of the original wildwood that covered Britain and Ireland, which the first farmers cleared to make space for fields, leaving narrow belts to mark boundaries. Others added to them: the Romans were the first…

1 min
side orders

Sloe Sloes are the berries of the blackthorn. This shrub is wild and unruly, with long thorns and small, narrow leaves. The fruits are round and a very deep blue. Don’t eat raw – use them to make sloe gin, and pick the berries after the first frost, when the skins are softer. Hawberry The red berries of the hawthorn can be made into delicious ketchup. Sprays of berries can be found hanging like bouquets. Hawthorn branches are spiny and their leaves are deeply lobed, almost like those of oak. Rosehip Use rosehips to make delicious, sweet syrup that’s high in vitamin C. The wild or dog rose is a thorny plant with long stems that wind through the hedgerow. Its leaves are toothed, and in autumn the rose develops its fruit, orange-red berries up…

6 min
make it a bed of roses

For all their beauty and familiarity, roses are perhaps the most misunderstood garden plants of all. Few plants are as shrouded in myths and misconceptions. Then there is the age-old question of whether or not they are currently ‘in fashion’. Don’t let any of this get in the way of the truth: roses are a gloriously diverse, generous, aromatic, characterful group and they can become a treasured centrepiece in so many different styles and sizes of garden. Modern varieties can be healthy and free-flowering, and many disease-prone, sparse-flowering hybrids have been superseded by some incredibly good-looking and long-lasting plants. This means more flowers for longer and less worry about whether a rose is going to be brought down by pests or poor health. There really has never been a better…