“The flowers are starting to bloom!”

English Lesson: The flowers are starting to bloom!

You're looking outside of your window while you eat breakfast. It's spring, so there are some flowers now that weren't there before. You write a Facebook message about it.

The flowers are starting to bloom!

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flowers are blooming

Flowers start as little buds on a plant. Then they grow larger and open up to reveal the flower. This process is called "blooming".

When a plant only has a few open flowers, you can say that it's "starting to bloom".

After most of the flowers are fully opened, you can describe it as "in bloom":

I see that your tulips are in bloom now.

And when the flowers start to turn brown, dry up, and go away, you say that they're "wilting".