25th May

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!


Shepherd's Delight, Sefton Park, Liverpool 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2015:
Full Moon - May 4, 04:42
Third Quarter - May 11, 11:36
New Moon - May 18, 05:13
First Quarter - May 25, 18:18




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Gerard of Lunel
Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
Pope Gregory VII
Pope Urban I

Africa Day (African Union)
African Liberation Day (African Union)
Day of Youth, celebrated on Josip Broz Tito's birthday (the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia)
Geek Pride Day and its related observances:
Star Wars Day (Los Angeles City Council)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Jordan from the United Kingdom in 1946.
Liberation Day (Lebanon)
First National Government / National Day (Argentina)
National Missing Children's Day (United States)
National Tap Dance Day (United States)
Towel Day (Douglas Adams fans)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

240 BC – First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1659 – Richard Cromwell (third son of Oliver) resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England.

1837 – The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom.

1895 – Playwright, poet, and novelist Oscar Wilde is convicted of "committing acts of gross indecency with other male persons" and sentenced to serve two years in prison.

1914 – The United Kingdom's House of Commons passes the Home Rule Act for devolution in Ireland.

1935 – Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks three world records and ties a fourth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

1938 – Spanish Civil War: The bombing of Alicante takes place, with 313 deaths.

1961 – Apollo program: U.S. President John F. Kennedy announces before a special joint session of the Congress his goal to initiate a project to put a "man on the Moon" before the end of the decade.

2000 – Liberation Day of Lebanon. Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion in 1978.

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