2nd 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!

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Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2016:
New Moon - May 6, 20:29
First Quarter - May 13, 18:02
Full Moon - May 21, 22:14
Third Quarter - May 29, 13:11

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CURRENT MOON

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New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Athanasius of Alexandria (Western Christianity)
Boris I of Bulgaria (Bulgarian Orthodox Church)
Germanus of Normandy
Waldebert (Roman Catholic Church)

Festival:
Birth Anniversary of Third Druk Gyalpo, also Teacher's Day (Bhutan)
Flag Day (Poland)
Holiday of the Region of Madrid (Community of Madrid)
National Education Day (Indonesia)
Teacher's Day (Iran)
The last day of the Festival of Ridván (Bahá'í Faith)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aquarius: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Broccoli, Cauliflower, Globe Artichokes, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Asparagus, Beetroot, Carrots, Chives, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Onions, Parsnips, Potatoes, Radish, Salsify, Scorzonera, Spring Onions, Swedes, Turnips*

Also on this day:

1536 – Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.

1559 – John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.

1568 – Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.

1879 – The Spanish Socialist Worker's Party is founded in Casa Labra Pub (city of Madrid) by the Spanish workers' leader Pablo Iglesias.

1885 – Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.

1982 – Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano on the order of Thatcher aka Disaster Queen.


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