24th June

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!


The Bendy Family Day Out on the Beach at Portmadog, Summer 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, June 2015:
Full Moon - June 2, 17:19
Third Quarter - June 9, 16:41
New Moon - June 16, 15:05
First Quarter - June 24, 12:02




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Bannockburn Day (Scotland)
Battle of Carabobo Day (Venezuela)
Day of the Caboclo (Amazonas State, Brazil)
Discovery Day, observed on the nearest Monday (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Feast of Raḥmat (Bahá'í Faith)
St John's Day and the second day of the Midsummer celebrations (although this is not the astronomical summer solstice, see June 20) (Roman Catholic Church, Northern Europe), and its related observances:
Jaanipäev (Estonia)
Jāņi (Latvia)
Midsummer Day (England)
National Holiday (Quebec)
Saint Jonas' Festival or Joninės (Lithuania)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

637 – The Battle of Moira is fought between the High King of Ireland and the Kings of Ulster and Dalriada. It is the largest battle in the history of Ireland.

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: the Battle of Bannockburn concludes with a decisive victory of the Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce, though England did not recognise Scottish independence until 1328 with the signing of the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton.

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John's Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion.

1497 – Cornish rebels Michael An Gof and Thomas Flamank are executed at Tyburn, London.

1901 – The first exhibition of Pablo Picasso's work opens.

1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract.

1938 – Pieces of a meteor, estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth's atmosphere and exploded, land near Chicora, Pennsylvania.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold makes the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

2004 – In New York state, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.

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