30th December

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!


Snowfall on Maria's Balcony, Liverpool, 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, December 2015
Last Quarter – December 3, 07:40
New Moon – December 11, 10:29
First Quarter – December 18, 15:14
Full Moon – December 25, 11:11




Allotment in winter chill, Liverpool, December 2010: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Anysia of Salonika
Ecgwine of Worcester
Pope Felix I
Liberius of Ravenna
Ralph of Vaucelles

Freedom Day (Church of Scientology)
Rizal Day (Philippines)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Leo: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Broad Beans, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Cabbages *

Also on this day:

1460 – Wars of the Roses: Battle of Wakefield.

1853 – A dinner party is held inside a life-size model of an Iguanodon created by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins and Sir Richard Owen in south London.

1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formed.

1924 – Edwin Hubble announces the existence of other galaxies.

1943 – Subhas Chandra Bose raises the flag of Indian independence at Port Blair.

1972 – The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam.

2009 – The last roll of Kodachrome film is developed by Dwayne's Photo, the only remaining Kodachrome processor at the time, concluding the film's 74-year run as a photography icon.

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