27th April

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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Scouse Sakura, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2016
New Moon – April 17, 12:23
First Quarter – April 14, 04:59
Full Moon – April 22, 06:23
Third Quarter – April 30, 04:28

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Liberalis of Treviso
Virgin of Montserrat
Zita

Festival:
Day of the Uprising Against the Occupying Forces (Slovenia)
Freedom Day (South Africa)
UnFreedom Day (South Africa, unofficial)
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Sierra Leone from United Kingdom in 1961.
Independence Day, celebrates the independence of Togo from France in 1960.
National War Veterans' Day (Finland)
World Graphic Design Day (Communication design discipline)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Sagittarius: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Broad Beans, 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, Celeriac, Celery, Dill, Kale, Lettuce, Rhubarb, Spinach, Swiss Chard*

Also on this day:

1296 – Battle of Dunbar: The Scots are defeated by Edward I of England.

1650 – The Battle of Carbisdale: A Royalist army invades mainland Scotland from Orkney Island but is defeated by a Covenanter army.

1667 – The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10.

1840 – Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid by wife of Sir Charles Barry.

1904 – The Australian Labor Party becomes the first such party to gain national government, under Chris Watson.

1945 – Benito Mussolini is arrested by Italian partisans in Dongo, while attempting escape disguised as a German soldier.

1961 – Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, with Milton Margai as the first Prime Minister.

1992 – Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history.


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