19th January

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!


Apocalypse In Knotty Ash, 2007: Maria Hughes

Moon Phases, January 2016:
Third Quarter - January 2, 05:30
New Moon - January 10, 01:30
First Quarter - January 16, 23:26
Full Moon - January 24, 01:45




Teasels, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Henry of Uppsala
Maris, Martha, Abachum and Audifax
Mark of Ephesus
Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester

Confederate Heroes Day (Texas
Feast of Sultán (Sovereignty), first day of the 17th month of the Bahá'í calendar (Bahá'í Faith)
Theophany / Epiphany (Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy), and its related observances:
Timkat, or 20 during Leap Year (Ethiopian Orthodox)
Vodici or Baptism of Jesus (Republic of Macedonia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Taurus: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Onions, Shallots, Spring Onions, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Broccoli, *

Also on this day:

1419 – Hundred Years' War: Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy.

1764 – John Wilkes is expelled from the British House of Commons for seditious libel.

1829 – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's Faust Part 1 receives its premiere performance.

1853 – Giuseppe Verdi's opera Il Trovatore receives its premiere performance in Rome.

1893 – Henrik Ibsen's play The Master Builder receives its premiere performance in Berlin.

1969 – Student Jan Palach dies after setting himself on fire 3 days earlier in Prague's Wenceslas Square to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union in 1968. His funeral turned into another major protest.

2006 – The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto.

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