13th December

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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Fortingall, Glen Lyon, Perthshire 2003: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2015
Last Quarter – December 3, 07:40
New Moon – December 11, 10:29
First Quarter – December 18, 15:14
Full Moon – December 25, 11:11




Allotment under frost, Liverpool 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Odile of Alsace

Tellus was worshipped in the district Carinae at the Esquiline Hill, and a lectisternium or table was spread for Ceres. (Roman Empire)
Acadian Rememberance Day

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages. Fruits harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1545 – Council of Trent begins.

1577 – Sir Francis Drake sets out from Plymouth, England, on his round-the-world voyage

1643 – English Civil War: The Battle of Alton takes place in Hampshire

1867 – Fenian bomb explodes in Clerkenwell, London, killing six.

1937 – Nanjing Massacre. Japanese troops begin carrying out several weeks of raping and killing of civilians and suspected Chinese resistance after the fall of Nanjing.

1960 – While Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia visits Brazil, his Imperial Bodyguard seizes the capital and proclaim him deposed and his son, Crown Prince Asfa Wossen, Emperor.

1988 – Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat gives a speech at the UN general assembly in the Swiss city of Geneva after the US authorities refused to give him a visa to enter New York.

2004 – Former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet is put under house arrest, after being sued under accusations over 9 kidnapping actions and manslaughter. The house arrest is lifted the same day on appeal.

2006 – The Baiji, or Chinese River Dolphin, is announced as extinct.

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