1st 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!


Fire Offering, Summer 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




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Augustin Schoeffer
Saint Joseph
James the Less
Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker (Roman Catholic optional feast)
Philip the Apostle
Sigismund of Burgundy
Walpurga (cannonization)

Walpurgis Night, celebrated before dawn
Constitution Day (Marshall Islands)
Commemoration of the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat following the foundation of Samyukta Maharashtra Samiti:
Gujarat Day
Maharashtra Day
Festival in honor of Bona Dea (Roman Empire)
International Workers' Day (International), and its related observances:
EuroMayDay (Western Europe)
Labor Day (USA)
May Day, a term also used for the beginning of summer celebration.
Lei Day (Hawaii)
Moving Day (New York City, during the colonial period until c.1945)
National Love Day, couples flock to the memorial of the poet Karel Hynek Mácha in Prague and kiss. (Czech Republic)
The first day of Yotaka Matsuri (Fukuno, Toyama)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

1328 – Wars of Scottish Independence end: Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton – the Kingdom of England recognises the Kingdom of Scotland as an independent state.

1753 – Publication of Species Plantarum by Linnaeus, and the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature.

1776 – Establishment of the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), by Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt.

1840 – The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom.

1869 – The Folies Bergère opens in Paris.

1884 – Moses Fleetwood Walker became the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States.

1894 – Coxey's Army, the first significant American protest march, arrives in Washington, D.C.

1930 – The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named.

1956 – The polio vaccine developed by Jonas Salk is made available to the public.

2003 – 2003 invasion of Iraq: In what becomes known as the "Mission Accomplished" speech, on board the USS Abraham Lincoln (off the coast of California), U.S. President George W. Bush declares that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended".

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