5th February

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!


Iceglace, Wenlock Edge 2009: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, February 2016:
Third Quarter - February 1, 03:27
New Moon - February 8, 14:38
First Quarter - February 15, 07:46
Full Moon - February 22, 18:19




The Beast of Toxteth, Liverpool, January 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Agatha of Sicily

Constitution Day (Mexico)
Kashmir Day (Pakistan)
Liberation from the Alberoni Occupation (San Marino)
National Weatherperson's Day (United States)
Runeberg's Birthday, where Runeberg's tart are made specially for the holiday. (Finland)
Unity Day (Burundi)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

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

Also on this day:

1649 – The claimant King Charles II of England and Scotland is declared King of Scotland, by the Parliament of Scotland. This move was not followed by the Parliament of England or the Parliament of Ireland.

1885 – King Léopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo as a personal possession.

1919 – Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith launch United Artists.

1923 – Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford makes 429 runs to break the world record for the highest first-class score.

1958 – A hydrogen bomb known as the Tybee Bomb is lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, never to be recovered.

2004 – Twenty-three Chinese people drown when a group of 35 cockle-pickers are trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay, England. Twenty-one bodies are recovered.

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