Wednesday 8 April 2009

April's full moon: pretty in pink?

There is a full moon on April 9 and according to, the Celtic name for this month's full moon is Growing Moon.

That seems appropriate, as the trees and bushes are all turning green. Only yesterday I noticed that the apple tree in my garden is coming to life once more with little leaves budding on its branches.

Many seedlings flourish best if planted at around the time of the full moon, so it is also a good time to help make the garden greener.

Or you might prefer to make the garden pink...

Yes, "pink" was what I meant to type.

The Old Farmers Almanac calls April's full moon the Pink Moon. Apparently, this name comes from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is a widespread spring flower in North America.

I'm not sure if ground phlox grows in England - I certainly don't have any in my garden. But I do have some unusual pink bluebells...



Mo said...

Does any of this shed any light on what Nick Drake was blethering on about?

"I saw it written and I saw it say
Pink moon is on its way
And none of you stand so tall
Pink moon gonna get you all
It's a pink moon
It's a pink, pink, pink, pink, pink moon."

Trillium said...

New buds have started to appear here in New England (USA). I wonderful awakening after our long winter! Nonetheless, it will be a while before the wild ground phlox springs up here in the forests and meadows here. Thats more a May wildflower here. :)

Anonymous said...

Here in North America, there IS a lot of phlox blooming right now! So beautiful.

Melanie said...

Send some to New Hampshire, please Riverwolf. :) We've not been touched by the phlox fairies yet here.