“It was our nature to blossom into song, as it is a tree’s to leaf itself in April.” – A. Smith
The Pink in April’s Pink Moon refers to the common wildflower, phlox, which is one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. Phlox will cover an area in time, replacing the winter’s snowy, muddy ground with a vibrant pink and green quilt. Although phlox is a wildflower it has become a common plant for gardeners to buy too because it is one of the first flowers to bloom.
April’s moon is sometimes known as the Sprouting Grass Moon signaling that around this time the snow has melted away and the grass once more returns to the meadows for livestock. The Fish Moon is sometimes used as the fish are most abundant or plentiful in early Spring. It is also known as the Egg Moon reminding us of the sweet birdsong we’ll hear in April as birds busily lay eggs and new babies are born. Occasionally it is called the Hare Moon too for all the hares busy with their young bunnies this time of year.
Connecting Activities: Going on a phlox hunt on your next nature hike and looking for these small yet bright little treasures. When I was younger if I found a meadow of phlox I’d often weave hot pink flower crowns, bracelets or rings to wear while watching the Pink Moon. Their flowers are also a sweet gift the fairies and gnomes delight in. Of course, you can also plant phlox, it grows in most climates and is a happy, bloom where planted little flower.
Picture Book Companions: Flower Fairies of the Spring by The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss It’s Spring! by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko It’s Spring! By Linda Glaser The Thing about Spring by Daniel Kirk Cicely Mary Barker Abracadabra, It's Spring! by Anne Sibley O'Brien, Susan Gal Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
These moon cards, along with January, February, and March are available in our shop, as a set, Spanish and English, for all of 55 cents, because beautiful resources should be common and abundant. We release each new month's moon 2 weeks before that full moon, if not sooner. Click here for shop link.