14th February

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!

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Spring bunch, Wenlock Edge 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2016:
Third Quarter - February 1, 03:27
New Moon - February 8, 14:38
First Quarter - February 15, 07:46
Full Moon - February 22, 18:19

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CURRENT MOON

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The Palace of Earthly Delights, Liverpool, Spring 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Cyril and Methodius, patron saints of Europe (Roman Catholic Church)
Valentine

Festival:
Communist Martyrs Day (Iraqi Communist Party)
Statehood Day (Arizona)
Statehood Day (Oregon)
The second day of Lupercalia (Ancient Rome)
Valentine's Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, Cucumber, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages, Celeriac*

Also on this day:

842 – Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German languages.

1556 – Thomas Cranmer is declared a heretic.

1779 – James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii.

1920 – The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois.

1929 – Saint Valentine's Day massacre: Seven people, six of them gangster rivals of Al Capone's gang, are murdered in Chicago, Illinois. This event is movingly commemorated in song by Motörhead and Girlschool fifty two years later.

1945 – World War II: On the first day of the bombing of Dresden, the British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Forces begin fire-bombing Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony

1956 – The XX Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union begins in Moscow. On the last night of the meeting, Premier Nikita Khrushchev condemns Joseph Stalin's crimes in a secret speech.

2000 – The spacecraft NEAR Shoemaker enters orbit around asteroid 433 Eros, the first spacecraft to orbit an asteroid.

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