Bloom is a real treasure for those who love order, care and color combinations in gardens and house plants or in small spaces. A very useful technical and practical manual to talk not only about how to grow plants, but also how to combine them, how to use them, where to find the most unknown and original ones

Bloom is an English production that reinvents the concept of the garden magazine, a glossy product that we often found in newsagents' kiosks in the 90s. Zena Alkayat, editor in chief, has studied in the smallest details an accurate and complete editorial product. Edition number 2 is dedicated to spring.

To make us fall in love with Bloom at first glance was the article on "The rule of three", a guide with photos to gardening combinations that always recommends combining three plants to give color and structure to compositions even for those with little space. The magazine brings us 5 examples of how to make a composition of plants for the home or garden by combining 3 different plants that are able to produce a harmonious design of colors, aromas and also methods of exposure and irrigation. 5 very useful pills for those starting from scratch.

If you don't know anything about bonsai, then there is a whole chapter that will leave you with tremendous curiosity about these plant-shaped "garden gnomes". We have discovered what lies behind the art of pruning and shaping a bonsai, with precise indications on the cuts to be made and how to use the tools for pruning and flaring. The passion and slow time behind these plants represents a real philosophy of slow times that can help you find small moments of pleasure in the chaos of our world.

The space in the herbalist's magazine Maya Thomas and the gardener of the kitchens Anna Greenland it is also a useful manual for those who want to dabble with herbs in the kitchen. The two experts got together to create a practical handout on how to grow and use 23 aromatic herbs in kitchens. These plants often know how to be small furnishing accessories that can improve a balcony or a small terrace, at the same time being very useful for cooking lovers.

The practical advice of the Spring Bloom issue then concludes with cannabis cultivation instructions, the use of the sieve and advice on the use and management of the plants you buy at the supermarket. What lies behind that basil so beautiful (and which often costs so little), but risks withering after three days? Bloom reveals this and explains how easy it is to recover the plant and give it a long life.

No, we at Frab's are not passionate farmers, but we limit ourselves to cultivating a faithful lemon that has lived with us for 4 years and has given us the fruits for two years to make a respectable "balcony-made" limoncello on tables with relatives and friends. But the curated, simple and synthetically British way of describing practical tips for cultivation is the real power of Bloom.

Inside its pages, interspersed with practical advice and photos of leaves and flowers, you will find the stories of people who have woven entire life relationships with plants. From the botanical artist Paul Malget, who creates sculptures for her art with plants to Emma Love, who from her passion for horticulture has created a craft made of profound wisdom and knowledge and who explains how knowing horticulture is important to her how much to "know the alphabet".

Bloom is a handy and thin magazine for its 96 foldable pages. It is the right piece of furniture to keep at home next to your plants, with its floral and sober cover. The light smell of ink with which it is printed will not distract your imagination from the scent of flowers that will pervade your mind as you leaf through it.

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April 13, 2019 — Dario Gaspari

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