20th 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!


Rites of Spring, Liverpool, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2015
Full Moon – April 4, 13:07
Third Quarter – April 12, 04:46
New Moon – April 18, 19:58
First Quarter – April 26, 12:56




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Agnes of Montepulciano
Blessed Oda of Brabant

Ridván begins at sunset (Bahá'í Faith)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: 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, Fruits Harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1535 – The Sun Dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting "Vädersolstavlan", attributed to Urban the Painter.


1653 – Oliver Cromwell dissolves the Rump Parliament.

1871 – The Civil Rights Act of 1871 becomes law in the US, principally to protect Southern African Americans from the actions of those murderous nincompoops the Ku Klux Klan.

1939 – Billie Holiday records the first Civil Rights song "Strange Fruit".

1998 – German terrorist group Red Army Faction announces their dissolution after 28 years.

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