How to Introduce the Positive Aspects of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

Add feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can carry energy into your household.

When incorporating feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. Of course, a huge area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

Feng shui tools are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. The initial task is to know the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that. win794s__06564.jpg

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is important to start by learning how to strengthen each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast portion of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Anyone thinking about adding a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

The Stupendous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Display in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian antiquities in Rome have come upon a wealth of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The famed marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it hard to visit. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept people away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water feature to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Work on the church's infrastructure started on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was consecrated and medals bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also thrown in.

The Plusses of a Water Feature to Your Daily Life

The movement and sound of water emitted from a fountain have two effects: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and serenity, both of which will improve your quality of life.

You might be amazed to learn of all the benefits of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain.

All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be connected to the fact that the human body consists primarily of water. While you could invest in an extravagant beach house or plunge into the ocean every day to enjoy the benefits of water, getting a water feature is much easier and more affordable!

Improve any outdoor area by adding a gorgeous outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your space will be even more beautiful if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. It can be installed on the exterior wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. Add charm and the lovely music of flowing water to your flower bed with a tiered model. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to still water, signifies that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for fresher water for wild birds. The final detail your garden area needs to be a haven of peace is the sound of water in motion.

Setting up a Fountain In Smaller Backyards

Since water makes a reflection, smaller spaces will appear larger. In order to generate the optimum reflective properties of a water element or fountain, it is best to use dark materials. Night time is a great occasion to draw attention to the illuminated, colored underwater lights in your new water feature. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Often utilized in natural therapies, they help to reduce anxiety and stress with their calming sounds.

Your outdoor vegetation is a fantastic area to blend in your water feature. Ponds, man-made rivers, or fountains are just some of the ways you can you can make it become the central feature on your property. Water features make great add ons to both large gardens or small patios. The ambience can be significantly changed by placing it in the best place and using the proper accessories.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The expertise of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. However the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could focus on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Castles were more basic designs and often erected on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, mostly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The bare fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. Berkeley Castle, maybe the most uncorrupted style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. A big terrace meant for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs around the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and enclosed by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

Reasons to Consider Putting in a Pondless Water Element in your Garden

A second term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. It is referred to as “disappearing” since the water source is under ground. An ideal place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets regular foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. It is easy to find the design that is right for you, as there are so many to choose from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

Disappearing fountains also offer many benefits. There is no big pool of water that could pose a danger to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. This means that children can safely play around it. Moreover, no water can evaporate since it is not subjected to the open air. This kind of fountain, therefore, is a good choice for regions where there is a need to conserve water. The time needed on upkeep is also minimized since algae does not grow underground and debris can not get into the water source. Finally, due to its smaller size, it is easier to install it where you want it than other types of fountains.


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