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April’s Pink Full Moon

on April 5, 2015

Spring has arrived in my little corner of the world, colorful flowers are popping up all over, birds are gathering bits and pieces to build nest, the sun is warmer and there is an easy spring in my step that always comes with spring.  Sure, the official arrival of spring was weeks ago but for me spring begins in April.

springy

When buds are bursting to life on the trees and new leaves seem to appear overnight as if by a magic spell, the near constant call of birds singing in the trees, the buzzing of bees around newly formed flowers speak to me of springtime.

Life reawakens around us and I feel a sense of renewal myself, this time of year burst forth slowly from beneath the cold days of winter in most places but here in Florida the subtle change of season took me years to notice.

Tonight there is a Full Moon, known as the Pink Moon which refers to ground phlox, one of the earliest spring blooming flowers.

creeping-phlox

For those that garden by the Moon: The period from the full Moon through the last quarter of the Moon is the best time for killing weeds, thinning, pruning, mowing, cutting timber, and planting below-ground crops.

Moon Folklore

* Rail fences cut during the dry, waning Moon will stay straighter.
* Wooden shingles and shakes will lie flatter if cut during the dark of the Moon.
* Fence posts should be set in the dark of the Moon to resist rotting.
* Don’t begin weaning when the Moon is waning.
* Crabbing, shrimping, and clamming are best when the Moon is full.
* Best days for fishing are between the new and full Moon.
* Dig your horseradish in the full Moon for the best flavor.
* Set eggs to hatch on the Moon’s increase, but not if a south wind blows.

fullmoonpink

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