Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.
You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.
We hope you enjoy this website. We will be adding content as we go through the year and welcoming your feedback and suggestions.
Onwards and Upwards!
Sun Sets, Autumn 2008: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, October 2015:
Third Quarter – October 4, 22:06
New Moon Moon – October 13, 10:51
First Quarter – October 20, 21:31
Full Moon – October 27, 12:05
The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon
Saint's Days and Observances:
Alfred the Great
Cuthbert of Canterbury
Demetrius of Thessaloniki
Fulk of Pavia (Roman Catholic Church)
Witta of Büraburg
Angam Day (Nauru)
Armed Forces Day (Benin)
Day of Mourning (Libya)
National Day, celebrates the anniversary of the Declaration of Neutrality in 1955. (Austria)
The first day of Ludi Victoriae Sullanae, celebrated until November 1. (Roman Empire)
Biodynamic Gardening Guide:
Moon in Virgo: Set any plants.
Plant the trees for which the crown height is important.
Plant fast-growing bushes and hedgerow.
Transplant old trees (in spring and autumn).
Transplant and set indoor plants (for better plant disease resistance).
Enrich soil and grapple with underground pests.
Perform farming, weeding, hilling, cultivation.
Take the manure away.*
Also on this day:
1640 – The Treaty of Ripon is signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.
1811 – The Argentine government declare the freedom of expression for the press by decree.
1881 – The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral takes place at Tombstone, Arizona.
1947 – The Maharaja of Kashmir agrees to allow his kingdom to join India.
1977 – The last natural case of smallpox is discovered in Merca district, Somalia. The WHO and the CDC consider this date the anniversary of the eradication of smallpox, the most spectacular success of vaccination.
1985 – The Australian government returns ownership of Uluru to the local Pitjantjatjara Aborigines.
1999 – Britain's House of Lords votes to end the right of hereditary peers to vote in Britain's upper chamber of Parliament.
* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.