How long has it been since you noticed the moon? As you age, you might find you are driving less at night due to vision changes. Older eyes plus bright lighting in our cities and suburbs means you may have stopped paying attention to the moon.
The moon has advantages over the sun. For one thing, you can look at it without squinting. The moon’s orbit around Earth occurs about every 28 days, with different stages often visible during daylight hours.
Take advantage of what the moon has to offer for daytime garden enjoyment with these five tips.
1. Capture the color connection.
Try the same selection techniques you’d use for a nighttime moon garden. Choose plants that bloom in white or pale colors, plants with variegated leaves in white or pale yellow, plants that are gray or silver for contrast with dark ones, plants with pale berries or bark, white benches. Entice yourself outside to observe the daylight moon.
2. Track placement in the sky.
Watch how the moon strolls across the sky from month to month. Identify the locations where you can see the the moon as it rises and sets. That orbit changes from season to season as the moon, sun and earth move closer to or further from each other. Select specific places to develop for daylight moon viewing, especially in morning and evening periods when the sun’s light is less intense.
3. Frame your seasonal moon views.
The moon may appear outlined by tree branches in winter’s early morning or evening sojourns across the sky as seen from your porch. But it may be blocked by the tree’s leaves in summer. Does it seem to hang over a neighbor’s roof when its orbit is close in the fall and humidity in the air? Have multiple choices to notice the moon throughout the year. Learn the moon's phases and its ways of looking at Earth!
4. Plan to look up.
A “moonlight” garden experienced at night is all about enjoying the light created in the garden when the moon is shining there. We delight in the contrast of pale and dark, noticing the gentle changes and simpler shapes and colors. In daylight, the moon’s light is too delicate to illuminate our gardens.
The pleasure comes from glimpsing the moon in its arena of sky, then discerning the connection to the garden. Consider moon shapes on your walking path to remind you to stop and raise your eyes at a keen viewing location. Trim certain shrubs to mimic the moon’s roundness. When they bloom may be timed perfectly to observing the moon in spring. Or add a white wind chime made with evocative moon shapes high up in a tree. Its sounds can call your eyes upward to see the perfect sliver when the moon is just becoming new.
5. Add moon reminders throughout the garden.
Yes, there is such a thing as a moondial, although it’s only accurate during the full moon. But what a great reminder to recognize the full moon’s occurrence. Consider a curved moon-shaped planting bed or two, white planters near comfy chairs for your morning coffee in fall when the moon begins to peak through the emptying branches of light-barked trees.
Enjoying the rhythms of the seasons can be even richer when you get beyond the street lights and city neon to catch the moon in daylight.
If we can help you get started with a daylight moon garden, give us a call - 512-917-5758. Happy moon viewing!