Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Planter's Moon - April

Full sprouting moon
Egg moon
Planter's moon 
Growing moon
Seed moon

So many of the spring moon's names have to do with planting, growth and seed.

Which makes me think of white gardens that shine in the moonlight... and the beautiful moonflower itself.
Ipomoea alba, otherwise known as Moonflowers are so called because they bloom in the evening. They have large 4 to 6 inch fragrant, white or pink flowers on twining vines. The flowers open quickly in the evening and last through the night, remaining open until touched by the morning Sun.

Moonflowers grow to a height of about 15 feet.... The seed should be nicked with a file and then soaked overnight before planting. Moonflowers should be planted when the Moon is new or increasing in light! 
Click here to see an .mpg movie of a moonflower opening in real time; It opens in one minute, with the main section deploying in less than 30 seconds!
Unless I move further south I'm not likely to have one of these bloom in my backyard anytime soon. But there is always finding the right moment, the correct perspective, to conjure moonflowers in any climate....


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