The full moon of July is sometimes called Thunder Moon because of the frequent thunderstorms this month. Certainly, after a hot, humid day, I enjoy a good thunderstorm to freshen the air and bring relief from the heat. The rain is also appreciated, to give a break from the constant watering of the garden at this time of year.
Another name for the July moon is Buck Moon since July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur.

Deer are welcome in the woods but this one is starting to come a bit too close to my vegetable garden!

Well, I'm not sure if it's a buck or a doe that's been visiting my garden at night, but Buck Moon seems the most fitting name this year. Most of my hostas have disappeared, and just the other night, I woke in the night, remembering that I hadn't shut the greenhouse.....

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