6th 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!


Fire Offering, Summer 2007: Jamie Reid

Moon Phases, May 2016:
New Moon - May 6, 20:29
First Quarter - May 13, 18:02
Full Moon - May 21, 22:14
Third Quarter - May 29, 13:11




Bliss and Blessings, Spring 2011: Jamie Reid

Saint's Day:
Dominic Savio
Evodius of Antioch (Roman Catholic Church)
Gerard of Lunel
Lucius of Cyrene
Petronax of Monte Cassino
St George's Day related observances (Eastern Orthodox Church):
Day of Bravery, also known as Gergyovden (Bulgaria)
Đurđevdan (Gorani, Roma)
Shën Gjergji (Albania and Kosovo)
Yuri's Day in the Spring (Russian Orthodox Church)

International No Diet Day
Martyrs' Day (Lebanon and Syria)
The first day of Hıdırellez (Turkey)

Biodynamic Gardening Guide:

Moon in Aries: This is a Fire sign. This is a good time to sow Fruiting plants like Aubergines, Cucumber, French Beans, Marrow, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Runner Beans, Squash, Sweetcorn, Tomatoes, but it would not be a good time to sow Leaf plants like Basil, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages, Celery, Dill, Florence Fennel, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach and Swiss Chard. Fruits harvested now will store for longer. *

Also on this day:

1527 – Spanish and German troops sack Rome; some consider this the end of the Renaissance. 147 Swiss Guards, including their commander, die fighting the forces of Charles V in order to allow Pope Clement VII to escape into Castel Sant'Angelo.

1757 – English poet Christopher Smart is admitted into St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in London, beginning his six-year confinement to mental asylums.

1877 – Chief Crazy Horse of the Oglala Sioux sadly surrenders to United States troops in Nebraska.

1954 – Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.

1999 – First elections to the devolved Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly held.

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