Full flower moon

Full flower moon

The night of May 18 is full moon night–the full flower moon of May. It’s also called a seasonal blue moon.

According to Space.com, one of the definitions of a blue moon is the fourth full moon in a calendar season.  Here is the explanation.

The fourth full moon of astronomical spring will occur on June 17,  just before the summer solstice on June 21. Meteorological spring is from March through May.  Meteorological summer begins on June 1.

It’s been a cool wet spring here. Even snow in April! The Mississippi river is at its highest level since 1993. Maybe it’s not the rainiest spring ever, according to Tom Skilling, but it’s among the rainiest on record.

Violets and dandelions are thriving, now. There are weeds and peonies. The sounds of push mowers and power mowers, and the smell of cut grass. And petrichor, the smell of rain. You can read more about petrichor, here.

From May 1– halfway between the vernal equinox and the summer solstice– until the summer solstice on June 21, these are the longest, lightest days. Enjoy them, rain or sun.  And maybe the clouds will clear in time to catch a glimpse of the full flower moon!



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  • My late mother, whose birthday is today, used to grow moon flowers so called because they opened at night. They were white, like the bottom of the moon pictured above. Thanks, WG, for reminding me, especially today.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Thank you so much for reading, AW. I love the moonflowers! I'm thinking of you and your mother today. My mother loved peonies, and I grow them, and think of her, too.

  • It seems to me (and I may be deluding myself) is that the grass is more green and the crab apple flowers are more vibrant than they have been. Maybe it is the cold, wet weather, maybe not.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for reading, Jack. Yes, I think so too--the grass seems especially lush, and the crab apple flowers are just exquisite!
    I do think the cold, rainy weather has something to do with it.

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