5th 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!


Mersey Cathedral Crown, Summer 2009: 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




Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Anthony Maria Zaccaria, priest (d. 1539)
Zoe of Rome (Roman Catholic Church)

Bloody Thursday (International Longshore and Warehouse Union)
Constitution Day (Armenia)
Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Algeria from France in 1962.
Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Cape Verde from Portugal in 1975.
Independence Day, celebrate the independence of Venezuela from Spain in 1811.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Czech Republic, Slovakia)

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, Fruits harvested now will store for longer*

Also on this day:

1295 – Scotland and France form an alliance, the so-called "Auld Alliance", against England.

1865 – The Salvation Army is founded in the East End of London, England.

1934 – "Bloody Thursday" – Police open fire on striking longshoremen in San Francisco.

1937 – Spam, is introduced into the market by the Hormel Foods Corporation. Children weep.

1948 – National Health Service Acts created the national public health systems in the United Kingdom

1975 – Arthur Ashe wins the Wimbledon singles title.

2009 – The largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever discovered, consisting of more than 1,500 items, is found near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, England.

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