11th October

Welcome to the Eightfold Year. Every day a different painting appears, along with moon phases, saints days, seasonal plants and other festive celebrations.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Fading Sun Flower, Autumn 2007: 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:
Alexander Sauli
Andronicus, Probus, and Tarachus (Roman Catholic Church)
Æthelburh of Barking
Cainnech of Aghaboe
Lommán of Trim
Nectarius of Constantinople
Pope John XXIII (Roman Catholic Church)

General Pulaski Memorial Day (United States)
Meditrinalia, in honor of Meditrina. (Roman Empire)
National Coming Out Day (Multinational, including United Kingdom, Switzerland, and United States among others.)
Old Michelmas Day (Celtic)
Revolution Day (Republic of Macedonia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Virgo: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Jerusalem Artichokes, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1138 – A massive earthquake struck Aleppo, Syria.

1649 – Sack of Wexford: After a ten-day siege, English New Model Army troops (under Oliver Cromwell) stormed the town of Wexford, killing over 2,000 Irish Confederate troops and 1,500 civilians.

1809 – Along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee, explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances at an inn called Grinder's Stand.

1865 – Paul Bogle led hundreds of black men and women in a march in Jamaica, starting the Morant Bay rebellion.

1958 – Pioneer program: NASA launches the lunar probe Pioneer 1 (the probe falls back to Earth and burns up.

1972 – A race riot occurs on the United States Navy aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk off the coast of Vietnam during Operation Linebacker.

1982 – The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth.

2001 – The Polaroid Corporation files for federal bankruptcy protection. A sad day.

* more information can be found on the Gardeners Calendar website here.