Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting will appear, 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!
Shepherd's Delight, Sefton Park, Liverpool 2008: Jamie Reid
Moon Phases, May 2013:
Last Quarter – May 2, 11:14
New Moon – May 10, 0:28
First Quarter – May 18, 4:34
Full Moon – May 25, 4:25
Last Quarter – May 31, 18:58
Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid
Sarah (celebrated by the Romani people of Camargue)
Vincent of Lérins
Aldersgate Day (Methodism)
Battle of Pichincha Day (Ecuador)
Bermuda Day (Bermuda)
Commonwealth Day (Belize)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Eritrea from Ethiopia in 1993.
Lubiri Memorial Day (Buganda)
Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Eastern Orthodox Church) and its related observance:
Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day (Bulgaria)
Saints Cyril and Methodius, Slavonic Enlighteners' Day (Republic of Macedonia)
Victoria Day; celebrated on Monday on or before May 24. (Canada)
Biodynamic Gardening Guide:
Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Globe Artichokes, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips*
Also on this day:
1487 – The ten-year-old Lambert Simnel is crowned in Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland with the name of Edward VI in a bid to threaten King Henry VII's reign.
1626 – Peter Minuit buys Manhattan. Why not?
1738 – John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day and a church service is generally held on the preceding Sunday.
1798 – The Irish Rebellion of 1798 led by the United Irishmen against British rule begins.
1844 – Samuel Morse sends the message "What hath God wrought" (a biblical quotation, Numbers 23:23) from the Old Supreme Court Chamber in the United States Capitol to his assistant, Alfred Vail, in Baltimore, Maryland to inaugurate the first telegraph line.
1901 – Seventy-eight miners die in the Caerphilly pit disaster in South Wales.
1961 – American civil rights movement: Freedom Riders are arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" after disembarking from their bus.
1956 – The first Eurovision Song Contest is held in Lugano, Switzerland. Nations weep.
* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.