31st 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!


Shepherd's Delight, Sefton Park, Liverpool 2008: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2015:
Full Moon - May 4, 04:42
Third Quarter - May 11, 11:36
New Moon - May 18, 05:13
First Quarter - May 25, 18:18




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:

Castile-La Mancha Day (Castile-La Mancha)
Royal Brunei Armed Forces Day (Brunei)
The second day of Kaamatan harvest festival. (Labuan, Sabah)
Visitation of Mary (Western Christianity)
World No Tobacco Day (International)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Libra: 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:
1279 BC – Rameses II (The Great) (19th dynasty) becomes pharaoh of Ancient Egypt.

1578 – Martin Frobisher sails from Harwich, England to Frobisher Bay, Canada, eventually to mine fool's gold, used to pave streets in London.

1678 – The Godiva procession through Coventry begins.

1884 – Arrival at Plymouth of Tawhiao, King of Maoris, to claim protection of Queen Victoria.

1921 – Tulsa Race Riot: A civil unrest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States, the official death toll is 39, but recent investigations suggest the actual toll may be much higher.

2010 – In international waters, armed Shayetet 13 commandos boarded ships trying to break the ongoing blockade of the Gaza Strip, resulting in 9 civilian deaths when the crew of the MV Mavi Marmara fight back.

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