15th May

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!


Warm Wings, Liverpool 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2015:
Full Moon - May 4, 04:42
Third Quarter - May 11, 11:36
New Moon - May 18, 05:13
First Quarter - May 25, 18:18




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Achillius of Larissa
Pachomius (Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches)
Athanasius of Alexandria (Coptic Church)
Hilary of Galeata
Isidore the Laborer, celebrated with festivals in various countries, the beginning of bullfighting season in Madrid (cowards...)
Jean-Baptiste de la Salle (Roman Catholic Church)
Reticius (Roman Catholic Church)
Peter, Andrew, Paul, and Denise (Roman Catholic Church)
Hallvard Vebjørnsson (Norway)

Aoi Matsuri (Kyoto)
Constituent Assembly Day (Lithuania)
Day of Slovenian Army (Slovenia)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Paraguay from Spain in 1811. Celebrations for the anniversary of the independence begin on Flag Day, May 14.
International Conscientious Objectors' Day (International)
International Day of Families (International)
Kanda Matsuri, held on Saturday and Sunday closest to May 15, every odd years. (Kanda Shrine)
La Corsa dei Ceri begins on the eve of the feast day of Saint Ubaldo. (Gubbio)
Mercuralia, in honour of Mercury. (Roman Empire)
Nakba Day (Palestinian communities)
Peace Officers Memorial Day (United States)
Slovenian Army Day (Slovenia)
Teachers' Day (Mexico and South Korea)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Pisces: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes*

Also on this day:

1252 – Pope Innocent IV issues the papal bull ad exstirpanda, which authorizes, but also limits, the torture of heretics in the Medieval Inquisition.

1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, stands trial in London on charges of treason, adultery and incest. She is condemned to death by a specially-selected jury.

1618 – Johannes Kepler confirms his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first discovered it on March 8 but soon rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).

1718 – James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun.

1791 – Maximilien Robespierre proposes the Self-denying Ordinance.

1793 – Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights.

1869 – Woman's suffrage: in New York, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman Suffrage Association.

1943 – Joseph Stalin dissolves the Comintern (or Third International).

1963 – Project Mercury: The launch of the final Mercury mission, Mercury-Atlas 9 with astronaut L. Gordon Cooper on board. He becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space.

1970 – Philip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green are killed at Jackson State University in the US by police during student protests.

1991 – Edith Cresson becomes France's first female prime minister.

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