20th 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.

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Onwards and Upwards!


Poppies, 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




Summer flower offering, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Apollinaris of Ravenna
Margaret the Virgin

Friend's Day (Argentina,Uruguay and Brazil)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence declaration of Colombia from Spain in 1810

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Capricorn: This is a Earth sign. It is a good time to sow Root plants like Beetroot, Carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips, but it would not be a good time to sow Flower plants like Calabrese*

Also on this day:

70 – First Jewish-Roman War: Siege of Jerusalem – Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount. The Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots.

1304 – Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle – King Edward I of England takes the stronghold using an enormous trebuchet called the War Wolf.

1877 – Rioting in Baltimore, Maryland, by Baltimore and Ohio Railroad workers is put down by the state militia, resulting in nine deaths.

1885 – The Football Association legalizes professionalism in football under pressure from the British Football Association.

1924 – Teheran, Persia comes under martial law after the American vice-consul, Robert Imbrie, is killed by a religious mob enraged by rumors he had poisoned a fountain and killed several people. How weird!

1928 – The government of Hungary issues a decree ordering Gypsies to end their nomadic ways, settle permanently in one place, and subject themselves to the same laws and taxes as other Hungarians.

1933 – In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism. Meanwhile in Germany two-hundred Jewish merchants are arrested in Nuremberg and paraded through the streets.

1934 – Labor unrest in the U.S.: police in Minneapolis fire upon striking truck drivers, during the Minneapolis Teamsters strike, killing two and wounding sixty-seven. In Seattle, police fire tear gas on and club 2,000 striking longshoremen. The governor of Oregon calls out the National Guard to break a strike on the Portland Docks.

1944 – Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt (known as the 20 July plot) led by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

1953 – The United Nations Economic and Social Council votes to make UNICEF a permanent agency.

1969 – Apollo Program: Apollo 11 successfully makes the first human-crewed landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. The first Moonwalk EVA follows almost 7 hours later.

1977 – The Central Intelligence Agency releases documents under the Freedom of Information Act revealing it had engaged in mind control experiments.

1989 – Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe's show opens at Washington, D.C.'s Project for the Arts after the Smithsonian Institution's Corcoran Gallery cancels it.

1999 – Falun Gong - a gentle, healthful practice of movement and meditation - is banned in the People's Republic of China, and a large scale crackdown of the practice is launched.

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