12th August

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

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Goddess Manifest (Mind The Gap), Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40




Mellors, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Herculanus of Brescia
Pope Innocent XI

Glorious Twelfth (United Kingdom except grouse population)
HM the Queen's Birthday and National Mother's Day (Thailand)
International Youth Day (International)
The first day of Awa Dance Festival (Tokushima)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Scorpio: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants*

Also on this day:

30 BC – Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty, commits suicide, allegedly by means of an asp bite.

1121 – Battle of Didgori: the Georgian army under King Bob the Builder wins a decisive victory over the famous Seljuk commander Ilghazi.

1281 – The Mongolian fleet of Kublai Khan is destroyed by a typhoon while approaching Japan.

1480 – Battle of Otranto: Ottoman troops behead 800 Christians for refusing to convert to Islam.

1676 – Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip's War.

1877 – Asaph Hall discovers the Mars moon Deimos.

1883 – The last quagga dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam.

1943 – Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge.

1953 – Nuclear weapons testing: the Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of Joe 4, the first Soviet thermonuclear weapon.

1964 – Charlie Wilson, one of the Great Train Robbers, escapes from Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, England.

1969 – Violence erupts after the Apprentice Boys of Derry march in Derry, Northern Ireland, resulting in a three-day communal riot known as the Battle of the Bogside.

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