19th April

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!


Scouse daffs, Liverpool, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2016
New Moon – April 17, 12:23
First Quarter – April 14, 04:59
Full Moon – April 22, 06:23
Third Quarter – April 30, 04:28




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Ælfheah of Canterbury
Emma of Lesum
George of Antioch
Pope Leo IX

Beginning of the Independence Movement (Venezuela)
Bicycle Day
Dutch-American Friendship Day (United States)
King Mswati III's birthday (Swaziland)
Landing of the 33 (Uruguay)
National Health Day (Kiribati)
Patriots' Day (Traditional) (Massachusetts, Maine, and Wisconsin)
Primrose Day (United Kingdom)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

1012 – Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1770 – Captain James Cook sights the eastern coast of Australia, and Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI in a proxy wedding.

1927 – Mae West is sentenced to 10 days in jail for obscenity for her play Sex.

1943 – Bicycle Day – Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann deliberately takes LSD for the first time.

1961 – The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders.

1971 – Charles Manson is sentenced to death for the Sharon Tate murders. The sentence was commuted to a life sentence.

1985 – FBI siege on the compound of The Covenant, The Sword, and the Arm of the Lord (CSAL) in Arkansas. There is a peaceful conclusion.

1993 – The 51-day FBI siege of the Branch Davidian building outside Waco, Texas, USA, ends when a fire breaks out. There is not a peaceful conclusion.

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