23rd August

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!


Summer Solstice Eve, Conway Valley, 2004: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40




Nasturtiums, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Philip Benitius
Rose of Lima
Éogan of Ardstraw

Black Ribbon Day
European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism (European Union)
Flag Day (Ukraine)
International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition (International)
Umhlanga Day (Swaziland)
Vulcanalia (Roman Empire)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

79 – Mount Vesuvius begins stirring, on the feast day of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire.

1305 – William Wallace, Scottish patriot, is hung, drawn and quartered for high treason against Edward I of England.

1775 – King George III declares that the American colonies exist in a state of open and avowed rebellion.

1793 – French Revolution: a levée en masse is decreed by the National Convention.

1942 – World War II: Beginning of the Battle of Stalingrad.

1966 – Lunar Orbiter 1 takes the first photograph of Earth from orbit around the Moon.

1979 – Soviet dancer Alexander Godunov defects to the United States.

1989 – Singing Revolution: two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stand on the Vilnius-Tallinn road, holding hands (Baltic Way).

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