1st July

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!


Mersey Crown, Summer 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, July 2016:
New Moon - July 4, 12:00
First Quarter - July 12, 01:51
Full Moon - July 19, 23:56
Third Quarter - July 26, 23:59




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Aaron (Syriac Christianity)
Feast of the Most Precious Blood
Blessed Fray Junípero Serra
Julius and Aaron
Leontius of Autun

Canada Day, formerly Dominion Day. (Canada)
Doctors' Day (India)
Emancipation Day (Netherlands Antilles)
Emancipation Day or Keti Koti (Suriname)
Hong Kong SAR Establishment Day (Hong Kong)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Burundi from Belgium in 1962.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Rwanda from Belgium in 1962.
International Tartan Day (Australia and New Zealand)
July Morning tradition (Bulgaria)
Madeira Day (Madeira)
Memorial Day (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Moving Day (Quebec)
Republic Day (Ghana)
Republic Day, celebrates the independence of Somalia from Italy and the unification of British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland to form Somali Republic. (Somalia)
Sir Seretse Khama Day (Botswana)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Peas, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Cabbages, Chicory, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce*

Also on this day:

1690 – Glorious Revolution: Battle of the Boyne (as reckoned under the Julian calendar).

1855 – Signing of the Quinault Treaty: the Quinault and the Quileute cede their land to the United States

1858 – Joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society.

1863 – Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands.

1908 – SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.

1916 – World War I: First day on the Somme – On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.

1935 – Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambush strikers participating in On-to-Ottawa-Trek.

1963 – The British Government admits that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent.

1999 – The Scottish Parliament is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth on the day that legislative powers are officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.

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