The Month of May
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The May full moon on the 27th day, 19th hour and 7th minute - to the
Cheyenne, it is known as the 'Moon when the horses get fat'. The
common name we know is the "Full Flower Moon".
Meteor Showers are the ETA AQUARIDS from May 4th to the 7th, in the southeast between 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. for the best viewing and will be seen traveling very swiftly in long paths.
May 9: Rogation Sunday, the 5th Sunday after Easter and the following three days before Ascension Day. Also Mother's Day [in the UK, Mother's Sunday is the 4th Sunday in Lent when children pick violets or lily of the valley or primrose
May 21: Red Cross was established in 1881
May 22: National Maritime Day
May 23: Whit Sunday
May 24: Victoria Day [known locally as May 2/4]
May 30: Joan of Arc burned at the stake in 1431
May 31: U.S. Memorial Day
Canadian Farmers' Almanac:
May 1 - 11: Pleasant, warm, frost patches, showers and a couple of thunderstorms
May 9 - 15: Sunny, heavier thunderstorms and frost pockets
May 22 Sunny, seasonal temperatures with a passing thunderstorm
May 23 - 31: Hot with thunderstorms, followed by sunny and cool
Old Farmers' Almanac:
May 1 - 3: Showers and warm
May 4 - 12: Sunny then showers
May 13 - 17: Sunny in the east and showers in the west
May 18 - 20: Hot and sunny
May 21 - 25: Hot with thunderstorms, followed by sunny and cool
May 31: Warm with showers
General - above seasonal temperatures with lower than normal precipitation
Hoar frost in May indicates a good fall harvest
Swarm of bees in May, worth a load of hay
In the middle of May comes the tail of winter
Don't cast a clout until May is out
Three white frosts will be followed by rain [not right for Saugeen Shores]
This season seems all wrong, and the tendency is to want to plant up but tender perennials and tender crops from seed should wait for the ground to warm up. As for planting out tomatoes and peppers and all, wait until the ground is 52F (11.11C) and get stocky plants and not lanky for setting out and they will root quickly..
Trees, shrubs and evergreens are AOk now although garden centres are somewhat sparse at present. Suppliers have dates rating when 'safe' to send to various zones. For instance, Dwarf Alberta Spruce is shipped from Canadian and U.S. West Coast areas and after several days of travel in containers have grown roots inches long that frost and wind would scorch badly.
If plants are tender, acclimatize them slowly or protect after planting for a few days.
Do not neglect the watering in and add bone meal fertilizer.
READ THE WEATHER!!
Good luck ... TMITTH
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010