23rd February

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!

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Holly Hedge, Calderstone Park, Liverpool 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2016:
Third Quarter - February 1, 03:27
New Moon - February 8, 14:38
First Quarter - February 15, 07:46
Full Moon - February 22, 18:19

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CURRENT MOON

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Early Spring frost, Liverpool, Spring 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Polycarp of Smyrna (Catholic Church)
Paul Shinji Sasaki
Serenus the Gardener
Philip Lindel Tsen

Festival:
Mashramani-Republic Day (Guyana)
National Day (Brunei)
Red Army Day or Day of Soviet Army and Navy in the former Soviet Union, also held in various former Soviet republics:
Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russia)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans and Cucumber, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages or Celeriac. Fruits harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

632 – The Last Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada') of prophet Muhammad.

1455 – Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type.

1739 – Richard Palmer is identified at York Castle, by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.

1820 – Cato Street Conspiracy: A plot to murder all the British cabinet ministers is exposed.

1898 – Émile Zola is imprisoned in France after writing "J'accuse", a letter accusing the French government of anti-Semitism and wrongfully imprisoning Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

1917 – First demonstrations in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of the February Revolution.

1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst.

1981 – In Spain, Antonio Tejero attempts a coup d'état by capturing the Spanish Congress of Deputies whilst wearing a silly hat.

1987 – Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

2005 – The controversial French law on colonialism is passed, requiring teachers to teach the "positive values of colonialism". After public outcry, it is repealed at the beginning of 2006.


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