18th 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:
Ælfgifu of Shaftesbury
Eric IX of Sweden
Felix of Cantalice
Pope John I
Venantius of Camerino

Battle of Las Piedras Day (Uruguay)
Flag and Universities Day (Haiti)
Independence Day (Somaliland (unrecognized))
International Museum Day (International)
Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day (Turkmenistan)
World AIDS Vaccine Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Globe Artichokes, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer*

Also on this day:

332 – Constantine the Great announced free distributions of food to the citizens in Constantinople.

1593 – Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1804 – Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1812 – John Bellingham is found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

1897 – Dracula, a novel by Irish author Bram Stoker is published.

1910 – The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley.

1953 – Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier.

1993 – EU - riots in Nørrebro, Copenhagen caused by the approval of the four Danish exceptions in the Maastricht Treaty referendum. Police opened fire against civilians for the first time since World War II and injured 11 demonstrators. In total 113 bullets are fired. Did you know about that?

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