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Friday, April 22, 2016

Enjoy the Full Moon Tonight

I just realized that tonight is the Full Moon, so I thought I would share the traditional names for the full moon  in April. According to the Old Farmer's Almanac, some Native American peoples referred this the April full moon as Full Pink Moon.  Lovely name, and it is NOT because of the color but rather because of a certain wildflower that has "pinked" petals! (Pinked means notched or serrated, like pinking shears if you know what those are!) 

Photographer: Bransford,W.D. and Dolphia,
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Here in the eastern U.S., this full moon often coincides with the appearance of moss pinks, or wild ground phlox, a woodland wildflower. I remember seeing them on spring walks through the forest, back when I lived in the "real" country (now I have yard rather than a forest). I think they're usually pinkish or purplish, but our were actually pale pink, almost white sometimes. Here are some purple ones (Everything purple today in honor of Prince.)

The April full moon, according to the Almanac, was also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon!


  1. i love your informational posts! xo

    1. Thanks, Michele. I should write more of them, but my focus is always so scattered these days! Too many irons in the fire, I guess. I'm not a natural multi-tasker!

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