On the Magic of Harvest Moon . . .

September 18th, 2013 Comments Off

Harvest Moon - Michaela Medina Harlow - thegardenerseden.comMoonrise and Maiden Grass in the September Garden

Last night I caught moonrise —growing full and bright in sunset’s afterglow— in the garden as I scrambled to cover heirloom tomatoes and ripening bell peppers before dusk. With clear skies and a threat of frost in the evening air, it seems that autumn is arriving prematurely this year.

The Harvest Moon, more typically associated with autumn, is also early; making a late-summer appearance this year. Full at 7:12 am on September 19th, the moon will appear full as she rises tonight, September 18, at 6:13 pm ET and tomorrow night, September 19, at 6:45 pm. The Harvest Moon is so-named for its historic, agricultural importance; allowing additional light to farmers harvesting crops late into the evening. This much-anticipated celestial event is the closest full moon to the September 22, autumnal equinox (fall begins this year at 20:44 UTC, read more at EarthSky.org, here).

Although not-quite-full, the Harvest Moon was stunning last night as it rose beyond the Maiden Grass (Miscanthus sinensis purpurascens) in my garden. So spread out your blanket and mull some cider, it’s certain to be a glorious show over the next few nights!

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Moonlight in the Garden . . .

June 22nd, 2013 Comments Off

Strawberry Moon in the Garden, June 2012 - michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com June’s Strawberry Moon Rises Above the Ninebark, in Full Bloom

A Strawberry Super Moon and a June garden in full bloom… Could there be a more lovely way to celebrate the first weekend of summer? The Strawberry Moon is full on Sunday, June 23rd, at 7:33 am ET, and the full moon is at perigee this month (when the moon is at its closest point to earth). The moon will appear as an extra-large, or ‘Super Moon’ when it rises at 8:38 pm ET. (check out earthsky.org, here, to learn more about June’s ‘Super Moon’).

Super-sized or regular, there’s nothing quite like strolling through a garden on a June evening with a strawberry-mint mojito, admiring La Luna . So remember to look up and enjoy our lovely, mysterious, celestial neighbor in the night sky.

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Pretty in Pink: April’s Full Moon . . .

April 25th, 2013 Comments Off

FullMoon_michaela_medina_thegardenerseden.comApril’s Pink Moon is Named for the Color of Wild Ground Phlox, Which Blooms in Early Spring 

Be sure to keep watch for the Pink Moon rising tonight, April 25th, at 7:52pm ET. And if you’re up with the songbirds, as I am, you can also catch our lovely celestial neighbor as she sets, at 5:32am ET, tomorrow morning, April 26th.

For more magical Pink Moon facts and fancy, visit Space.com, here.

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Beauty to Behold: The Sap Moon Rising

March 27th, 2013 § 1

Sap Moon Rising ⓒ 2013 michaela medina harlow - thegardenerseden.com The Sap Moon Rising Above Paper Birch and Snow-Covered Hills in Vermont

Be sure to look for the full, Sap Moon (aka the Worm Moon), when it rises tonight at 7:50pm ET. The moon was full at exactly 5:27am ET this morning, as it began to set on the western horizon here in Vermont. With ghostly paper birch reflecting her glow, the show sure was beautiful last night on my hilltop. Find more astronomical news, including full moon facts and lore, at The Farmer’s Almanac here.

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Romancing the Full, Cold Moon . . .

December 28th, 2012 § 2

Full Cold Moon December 2012 ⓒ michaela medina - thegardenerseden.comThe Full, Cold Moonset: December 28th, 2012

In the hour just before dawn this morning, I pulled on my winter boots and trudged out into the drifting snow to greet the full, Cold Moon as it set on the western horizon. Did you miss it? Well you’ll have another chance this evening. Moonrise tonight is at 4:57pm ET and moonset is at 7:10am ET. If you hurry, you may still have time to catch her glowing beauty as she rises in the pink twilight …

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Once in a Blue Moon …

August 31st, 2012 § 3

August’s Blue Moon —99% Full Last Night— Rises in the Dusty-Violet Twilight

This month’s Blue Moon —also the last full moon of summer— will rise tonight at 7:08pm ET. Be sure to catch it, or you’ll have to wait almost three years to see another one! The next time two full moons will occur in the same month won’t be until July, 2015. Learn more about the Blue Moon at Space.com. You can also explore a list of moon names and find a full moon calendar and a complete lunar phase calendar at The Farmers’ Almanac online, here.

Enjoy the Celestial Show!

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In Anticipation of April’s Pink Moon …

April 5th, 2012 § 1

The Pink Moon (Shown Here, Rising on April 4th) is Full this Friday, April 6th, at 3:19pm ET

Longtime followers of The Gardener’s Eden will recall that this starry-eyed gardener has a particular fondness for April’s Pink Moon. Previous posts (such as this one, here ) have also included links to Nick Drake’s beautiful song by the same name, and various pink-hued flowers; including the moon’s namesake, phlox.

Last night as I was driving home from a late-day meeting with a design client, I happened to notice our nearly-full, celestial neighbor, flirting above the horizon in a pouf of pinkish clouds; perfection between budding trees. And as I rounded the bend between historic farms, there she was again; rising beauty, high above the wet, April fields…

The Pink Moon will be full this Friday —coinciding nicely with the start of Passover and Good Friday— at 3:19pm, and will rise at 7:38pm ET. Of course, at 98% full tonight, the Pink Moon will be a pleasure to watch a bit earlier this evening (rising at 6:20pm ET on 4/5/12). And you can bet I will be raising a glass to the first full moon of this sweet new season (even if it is still just a wee bit nippy outside).

For more information on the moon and its phases, and highly entertaining lunar lore, visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac moon page, here.

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Winter Crescent …

January 20th, 2012 § 2

Winter Crescent 

Up early this frosty morning —pulling on winter woolens and running outside to enjoy new-fallen snow— and as I sipped my morning coffee, I savored a breakfast of crescent moon and a sky spread with apricot-blueberry jam.

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Greeting January’s Wolf Moon …

January 9th, 2012 Comments Off

An Eerie Golden Glow Twixt Skeletal Trees: January’s Full Wolf Moon

January’s Wolf Moon is full today —reaching it’s peak at 2:30am ET— and will rise this evening at 5:17pm ET (click links in the paragraph below for moon rise and set in your geographic area). I’ve been enjoying many celestial pleasures this month, including last week’s spectacular Quadrantid meteor shower (read more about this astrological event —and mark your calendar for more—by clicking over to Space.com here) and the early evening beauty of our nearby neighbor, Venus as she hovers at the horizon.

Also worth keeping in mind,  The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s moon page is a great source of lunar lore, celestial facts —including a moon phase calendar— and traditional sowing/harvesting information for those following a lunar planting schedule. You can learn more about January’s Wolf Moon —and watch a video— by clicking through to The Old Farmer’s Almanac site here.

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Good Morning Moon …

December 19th, 2011 Comments Off

Night Kisses Day: December Sunrise by the Light of the Moon

As we approach the shortest day of the year, I find that I’m rising before the sun; hitting the floor mat to stretch and practice meditation before beginning the day with a run or walk through the forest. Starting my morning in the cold, 5:30 am darkness feels a bit brutal at times, but the routine does have its upsides; including a front row seat to the breathtaking beauty of dawn.

Special thanks to my friend Mel for introducing me to Sharon Salzberg’s 28 day guide to meditation (perfect for us beginners).

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Evening Shades of Lavender & Indigo Welcome July’s Thunder Moon …

July 15th, 2011 § 3

Moon Rise in Indigo Sky

With pink sunsets, towering cumulus and electrical storms alternating with powder blue horizons and nights filled with stars, July has been an extraordinary month for sky watching. And moon-gazing, my favorite evening pastime, has been particularly lovely this month. I snapped the photo above —of our nearly full, celestial neighbor— the other night from my terrace. And the photo below —Half Moon in Lavender Mist— was captured in the clearing, after a passing storm. For those of us on the east coast, July’s Thunder Moon (sometimes called the Buck Moon) reached it’s fullest in the wee hours of the morning, and will rise tonight at 8:36 pm ET … Perfect timing for a late, alfresco dinner on the deck, terrace or balcony. Enjoy!

For more interesting moon facts and lore, visit the Old Farmer’s Almanac page on July’s Full Buck Moon. And for sky watching enthusiasts with iPhones, you really must check out the Star Chart app, with which I am completely smitten! Aim your phone anywhere in the sky and view the stars and constellations, as well as a treasure trove of information about the night sky … So much fun!

Half Moon in Lavender Mist

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Moonlight on Maple Buds…

March 18th, 2011 § 2

Moonlight on Maple Buds

Watching the moon rise through bare tree limbs last night, I couldn’t help but notice changes taking place in the forest all around me. By night, swollen maple buds stand out in soft silhouette against the sky’s moonlit glow. And by day, hillsides filled with reddish twigs color the landscape in a hazy new wash of warm color.

Always a skywatcher, I am particularly keyed in to the “super moon” at perigee this month. March’s full moon is known by various Native American and Old English names, but because I live in Vermont —and March is sugaring season— I prefer to call this the Sap Moon. Also commonly known as the Worm Moon, Crow Moon or Lenten Moon, our near-by celestial neighbor will appear full tomorrow, March 19th at 2:10 pm ET (6:10 pm UTC). Because the moon is at perigee, it will appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than it usually does. The timing of a perigee moon and a full moon is unusual; taking place once every couple of decades. For more information on this amazing lunar event, check out this article on the NASA Science site and this interesting article on Space.com.

Some gardeners pay close attention to the lunar cycles in order to follow moon-favorable planting traditions. Although I find old farm folklore fascinating, I tend to be more interested in my local frost date and soil temperatures when sowing seed and planting out my vegetable starts. See the Farmer’s Almanac (linked here) for a moon favorable seed sowing chart. Enter your zip code to access dates for your specific area. For more detailed information, visit your state’s cooperative extension service (The Old Farmer’s Almanac has a great list of state links here – love that Almanac!)

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