25th December - Christmas Day

Happy Christmas. War Is Over (If You Want It). Jx

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!


After a winter ritual, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2015
Last Quarter – December 3, 07:40
New Moon – December 11, 10:29
First Quarter – December 18, 15:14
Full Moon – December 25, 11:11




Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Anastasia of Sirmium

Christmas Day, Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. (International)
Malkh-Festival (Nakh peoples of Chechenya and Ingushetia)
Quaid-e-Azam's Day (Pakistan)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Garlic, Jerusalem Artichokes, Fruits Harvested now should be eaten straight away. *

Also on this day:

800 – Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor, in Rome.

1066 – William the Conqueror is crowned king of England, at Westminster Abbey, London.

1261 – John IV Lascaris of the restored Eastern Roman Empire is deposed and blinded by orders of his co-ruler Michael VIII Palaeologus.

1914 – World War I: Known as the Christmas truce, German and British troops on the Western Front temporarily cease fire.

1950 – The Stone of Scone, traditional coronation stone of British monarchs, is taken from Westminster Abbey by Scottish nationalist students. It later turns up in Scotland on April 11, 1951.

1990 – The first successful trial run of the system which would become the World Wide Web.

2003 – The ill-fated Beagle 2 probe, released from the Mars Express Spacecraft on December 19, disappears shortly before its scheduled landing.

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