31st July

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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Cirrus over Toxteth, Summer 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, July 2016:
New Moon - July 4, 12:00
First Quarter - July 12, 01:51
Full Moon - July 19, 23:56
Third Quarter - July 26, 23:59

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CURRENT MOON

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Summer flower offering, Liverpool, Summer 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Germanus of Auxerre
Ignatius of Loyola
Neot

Festival:
End of the Trinity term (sitting of the High Court of Justice of England)
Heroes' Day (Malaysia)
Ka Hae Hawaiʻi Day, a Flag Day. (Hawaii)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Gemini: This is a Air sign. This is a good time to sow Flowering plants like Calabrese, but it would not be a good time to sow Rooting plants like Beetroot, Carrots, Jerusalem Artichokes, Kohl Rabi, Radish, Spring Onions, Turnips*

Also on this day:

904 – Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city.

1588 – The Spanish Armada is spotted off the coast of England.

1703 – Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers!

1895 – The Basque Nationalist Party (Euzko Alderdi Jeltzalea-Partido Nacionalista Vasco) is founded by Basque nationalist leader Sabino Arana.

1919 - Liverpool police join national strike.

1938 – Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.

1945 – John K. Giles attempts to escape from Alcatraz prison.

1959 – The Basque separatist organisation ETA is founded.

1970 – Black Tot Day: The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy.

1991 – The United States and Soviet Union both sign the Start I Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the first to reduce (with verification) both countries' stockpiles.

2007 – Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end.


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