6th April

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!


Fritillary on balcony, Liverpool, Spring 2008: Maria Hughes

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




Bliss and Blessings, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Peter of Verona
Marcellinus of Carthage
Pope Celestine I
Bl. Catherine of Pallanza
Æthelwold of Winchester
St. Eutychius
Prudentius of Troyes
Notker the Stammerer
Bl. Paul Tinh
Pierina Morosini
William of Æbelholt

Chakri Day, commemorating the reign of the Chakri Dynasty. (Thailand)
Tartan Day (United States)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Scorpio: This is a Water sign. It is a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard, but it would not be a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes*

Also on this day:

1199 – King Richard I of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder.

1320 – The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath.

1327 – The poet Petrarch first sees his idealized love, Laura, in the church of Saint Clare in Avignon.

1793 – During the French Revolution, the Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic

1814 – Nominal beginning of the Bourbon Restoration — anniversary date that Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba. (Rule by the Bourbon's was delayed a few weeks, though allies held most key locales of France.)

1895 – Oscar Wilde is arrested in the Cadogan Hotel, London after losing a libel case against John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess of Queensberry.

1919 – Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi orders a general strike.

1930 – Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." beginning the Salt Satyagraha.

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