30th 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!


Scouse Sakura, Spring 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, April 2017
First Quarter – April 3, 19:39
Full Moon – April 11, 07:08
Third Quarter – April 19, 10:56
New Moon – April 26, 13:16




New shoots, Liverpool, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Amator, Peter and Louis
Blessed Miles Gerard
Eutropius of Saintes
Marie Guyart (Anglican Church of Canada)
Maximus of Rome
Pomponius of Naples
Quirinus of Neuss
Suitbert the Younger
Saint Pope Pius V

Birthday of the King Carl XVI Gustav, one of the official flag days of Sweden.
Children's Day (Mexico)
Consumer Protection Day (Thailand)
May Eve, the eve of the first day of summer (see May 1):
Beltane Fire Festival (Calton Hill, Edinburgh)
Carodejnice (Czech Republic and Slovakia)
Eve of Beltane (Celtic Druidic holiday)
Walpurgis Night (Central and Northern Europe)
National Persian Gulf Day (Iran)
Queen's Day, the largest one-day holiday in the Netherlands.
Reunification Day (Vietnam)
Teacher's Day (Paraguay)
Camarón Day (French Foreign Legion)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: During the waning moon: seed, plant and transplant flowers and vining plants.
Grapple with pest, eradicate the soil, sprinkle from diseases.
Enrich poor flowering plants.*

Also on this day:

1006 – Supernova SN 1006, the brightest supernova in recorded history, appears in the constellation Lupus.

1789 – On the balcony of Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City, George Washington takes the oath of office to become the first elected President of the United States.

1900 – Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.

1937 – The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.

1938 – The first televised FA Cup Final takes place between Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.

1943 – World War II: Operation Mincemeat: The submarine HMS Seraph surfaces in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain to deposit a dead man planted with false invasion plans and dressed as a British military intelligence officer.

1963 – The Bristol Bus Boycott is held in Bristol to protest the Bristol Omnibus Company's refusal to employ Black or Asian bus crews, drawing national attention to racial discrimination in the United Kingdom.

1995 – U.S. President Bill Clinton became the first President to visit Northern Ireland.

2008 – Two skeletal remains found near Ekaterinburg, Russia are confirmed by Russian scientists to be the remains of Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia and one of his sisters.

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