Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Mead Moon


 Last nights full moon is known as the Mead moon in the Southern hemisphere - the beehives are full with honey, (the vital ingredient for making mead)

.A full moon that celebrates honey how wonderful!


Gasp! 



The evening primrose scent is heaven, making it pure bliss sitting under the full moon

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This January early evening we captured on video, in real time, a flower opening 
-do put it on your bucket list to one day witness a flower opening


The bees have done their job in our garden - lots of pollinating has happened. 
We are getting tired of broad beans -and I know in a few months time we will be so over tomatoes but that is the pure joy of eating to the seasons and growing your own food.


Next full moon is wort moon one of my favoutire - the herbs will all be ready for gathering

. The hops is covering the frame and we have to keep taming it back away from the tomatoes.
The pink flowers in the background is tobacco.


tobacco flower


15 comments:

  1. Super video, a magical few moments. James, great plants, and now I can identify the flowers. Look at those globe artichokes, I think they are so lovely... like pine cones only edible... Cheers, Jean.

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    1. a visitor yesterday asked why I didn't eat the artichokes - we do but I always leave a few to flower as I think they are beautiful.

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  2. how lovely. My friend keeps Bees and makes her own honey, she certainly nurtures her 3 colonies.

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    1. I'd sure love a hive but being allergic to bees - gasp how can that be when I love them so? Hives are not far away from us so they get to visit our garden and we buy our honey from a local honey man.

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  3. Omgoodness!! It's gorgeous down there!!!
    hughugs

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  4. That video was amazing Leanne - thanks for that :-) I didnt know this full moon was called a Mead Moon - I really enjoy all your posts about the different moons & their meanings. My hubby tried to grow tobacco once but the seeds never came up - that tobacco flowers looks alot like Nicotiana flowers - guess thats where their name comes from. :-)

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    1. I never get tired of watching evening primroses open at night. I'm very big into the rhythm of the seasons - there are many names for full moons http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full_moon http://www.celticmythmoon.com/moon.html I've just googled some places for you to have a look at . I'm a real lover of the old ways and folklore too

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  5. We had a a friend (long since passed) who made Mead. He always told people to put their pyjamas on before drinking the mead as, after drinking it ones toes splayed with the alcohol and one couldn't get ones feet down the pyjama legs.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the video! That was cool!

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  7. Loved the primrose opening. It makes you want to rub your eyes to make sure you didn't miss some of the slowest movement. Since I was a kid I always loved those nature shows that had a lot of time lapse photography. They made me see that there was a whole secret World going on out there, the same World, yet different that what we could see. Also Love when they show the flowers in the wave length colors as the bees see them, The bees see bright fluorescent colors very different than what humans see and it is amazing. I noticed what Julie also did. The tobacco flowers look just like the Nicotiana flowers I plant each spring. With tobacco having having Nicotine in it, they must be the same species only Nicotiana is the smaller version. As I recall they open in at dusk & close at dawn. In September when they have Octoberfest events out here, many of the farms sell gorgeous wreaths made from lovely pinkish dried hops. The fushia color on the tobacco plants reminds me of rhubarb.
    There are so many miracles of nature happening everywhere around us, the trick is learning to pay attention to what is right in front of you & take in all in.

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  8. That was thrilling to watch the primrose opening! I love that you know the names of the moons and how to make use of them. :-)

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  9. what a wonderful video. it's magic, nature's magic.

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  10. Neat video!! Your garden photos are beautiful. Love your Mead Moon too.

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  11. What a lovely moon and flowers!

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