On the Magic of Harvest Moon . . .

September 18th, 2013 § Comments Off on On the Magic of Harvest Moon . . . § permalink

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 on Moonlight in the Garden . . . § permalink

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 on Pretty in Pink: April’s Full Moon . . . § permalink

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 comment § permalink

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 comments § permalink

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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