This evening, the Full Flower Moon will light up our skies.  A full moon occurs at least once a month but despite its regularity, I still find it quite magical.  At the exact full moon time, 6:52 pm local, the Sun, Earth, and Moon will be in perfect alignment.

This year, the Moon will be below the horizon at the precise time it becomes full, because the Moon doesn’t rise until after 8:30pm in our region.  However, the Moon will still appear full to the naked eye all night. (well, at least above the clouds it will)

The full moon in May is most commonly known as the Full Flower Moon. Names were given to full moons to help track the seasons, so they often reflects changes in nature. The flower moon is not the only name for the May full moon.  Depending on the region, the name for this month’s full moon varies;  it can be the Full Milk Moon, or  the Full Corn Planting Moon.

If you plan on getting your knees dirty this weekend, remember Grandma’s advice:

“Plant flowering bulbs and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the Moon. That’s from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.”

Happy gardening…

 

Chief Meteorologist

Cindy Day