One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘gorgeous orchid-like blooms’
flower, blossom, floweret
flowering, blossoming, florescence, efflorescence
2‘a country girl in the bloom of health and youth’
prime, perfection, acme, zenith, peak, height, heyday, flourishing, strength, vigour
3‘your earrings complement the bloom of your skin to perfection’
lustre, sheen, glow, radiance, freshness, perfection
blush, flush, rosiness, pinkness, redness, ruddiness, colour
1‘the geraniums had already bloomed’
blossom, flower, be in blossom, be in flower, come into blossom, come into flower, open, open out, bud, sprout, burgeon, mature
2‘the children had bloomed in the soft Devonshire air’
flourish, thrive, be in good health, get on well, get ahead, prosper, succeed, be successful, progress, make progress, make headway, burgeon
informal be in the pink, be fine and dandy, go great guns
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