28th August

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!


Stairs, 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, August 2016:
New Moon – August 2, 21:44
First Quarter – August 10, 19:20
Full Moon – August 18, 10:26
Last Quarter – August 25, 04:40




The Old Shed Door, The Plot, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Anon

Saint's Day:
Augustine of Hippo
Saint Hermes

Assumption of Mary (Eastern Orthodox Church, a public holiday in the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, and Georgia)

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 Jerusalem Artichokes, Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips*

Also on this day:

1789 – William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn

1849 – After a month-long siege, Venice, which had declared itself independent, surrenders to Austria.

1859 – A geomagnetic storm causes the Aurora Borealis to shine so brightly that it is seen clearly over parts of USA, Europe, and even as far away as Japan.

1879 – Cetshwayo, last king of the Zulus, is captured by the British. A bad day all round.

1917 – Ten Suffragettes are arrested while picketing the White House.

1955 – Black teenager Emmett Till is murdered in Mississippi, galvanizing the nascent American Civil Rights Movement.

1961 – Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes.

1963 – March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech.

1964 – The Philadelphia race riot begins.

1991 – Collapse of the Soviet Union – Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party.

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