Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Friday, February 18, 2011

Snow Moon

Did you see the moonrise tonight?? Holy Cow! It was beautiful.

The full moon in February is the "snow moon."

I think it's kind of cool that way back in history the people of different cultures have given the full moon specific names to mark time and season.

Since the heaviest snow usually falls during the month of February, Native American tribes of the north and east most often called this month’s full moon the Full Snow Moon. It's also been called...
  •  the Full Hunger Moon or Little Famine Moon, since harsh weather conditions in their areas made hunting very difficult
  • the Celts called it the Moon of Ice
  • the Chinese named it the Budding Moon in anticipation of spring.
Speaking of spring...luckily the "snow moon" actually brought a serious spring flirtation with temps hovering around seventy degrees today. Tonight I heard the first spring as folklore has it there will be three more freezes before spring is here to stay.

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