15th 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.

You can find out more about the concept of the Eightfold Year here.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Filth, Summer 2006: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2015:
Last Quarter – August 7, 03:02
New Moon – August 14, 15:53
First Quarter – August 22, 20:31
Full Moon – August 29, 19:35




Mellors, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Stanislaus Kostka

Feast day of the Assumption of Mary, one of the Catholic Holy Day of Obligation. (Christianity, a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Burundi, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritius, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, and Vanuatu), and its related observances:
Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches)
Ferragosto (Italy)
Mother's Day (Antwerp and Costa Rica)
National Acadian Day (Acadians)
Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands. (Tenerife, Spain)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of the Republic of the Congo from France in 1960
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of India from the United Kingdom in 1947
Liberation Day, celebrates the independence of Korea from Japan in 1945:
Gwangbokjeol, "Liberation Day" (South Korea)
Jogukhaebangui nal, "Fatherland Liberation Day" (North Korea)
The first day of Flooding of the Nile, or Wafaa El-Nil.(Egypt and Coptic Church)
The main day of Bon Festival (Japan)
Victory over Japan Day (United States)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1040 – King Duncan I is killed in battle against his first cousin and rival Macbeth. The latter succeeds him as King of Scotland.

1057 – King Macbeth is killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Máel Coluim mac Donnchada.

1248 – The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid. (Construction is eventually completed in 1880. Builders are slow everywhere!).

1461 – The Empire of Trebizond surrenders to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II. This is regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David is exiled and later murdered.

1599 – Nine Years War: Battle of Curlew Pass – Irish forces led by Hugh Roe O'Donnell successfully ambush English forces, led by Sir Conyers Clifford, sent to relieve Collooney Castle.

1824 – Freed American slaves found Liberia.

1914 – A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, Taliesin, murders seven people and burns the living quarters to the ground.

1935 – Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed after their aircraft develops engine problems during takeoff in Barrow, Alaska.

1939 – 13 Stukas dive into the ground during a disastrous air-practice at Neuhammer. No survivors.

1941 – Corporal Josef Jakobs is executed by firing squad at the Tower of London at 7:12am, making him the last person to be executed at the Tower for treason.

1965 – The Beatles play to nearly 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City.

1977 – The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space; the event is named the "Wow! signal" from the notation made by a volunteer on the project.

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