Introduce the Benefit of Feng Shui into Your Backyard

Experience the health benefits of feng shui by introducing its design elements into your yard. twf023__30478.jpg

Do not worry if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a huge area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. The initial task is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

In order to make the most of feng shui, it is crucial to start by knowing how to bolster each of its five elements.

The Earth element, for example, should be positioned in the northeast part of your garden which connects to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. A Zen garden with some nice natural rocks is ideal for that spot, as the rocks represent the Earth element.

A water feature is a perfect add-on to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

A fountain, an incredible piece of engineering, not only supplies drinking water as it pours into a basin, it can also propel water high into the air for a noteworthy effect.

Pure functionality was the original role of fountains. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains operated using the force of gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were an optimal source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and memorialize the designer. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times utilized by Romans to decorate their fountains. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. The fountains seen in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Indoor plumbing became the key source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby restricting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

These days, fountains decorate public areas and are used to honor individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.

A Magnificent Example of Roman Artistry: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have come across an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture located at the entrance of the nearby basilica. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not often visited. The part of town where it was situated was depressing and uninviting which generally kept people away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin.

August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s foundation began. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Tips for Installing an Outdoor

Two things many people ignore when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet nearby. Sometimes new owners get so caught up in the thrill of their new purchase that they forget critical details. Most power cords are 12 feet long and need a 120v outdoor electrical outlet, though an extension cord can always be added. It will be necessary to refill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water nearby. It is challenging to move water from one place to another. The best way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. A water fountain autofill will make your life simpler in the long run, but this requires a professional to install since it must be attached to an external water line.

Water Delivery Strategies in Ancient Rome

Previous to 273, when the 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in Rome, inhabitants who dwelled on hills had to go further down to get their water from natural sources. When aqueducts or springs weren’t accessible, people living at higher elevations turned to water pulled from underground or rainwater, which was made available by wells and cisterns. Beginning in the sixteenth century, a brand new method was introduced, using Acqua Vergine’s subterranean portions to generate water to Pincian Hill. During the length of the aqueduct’s network were pozzi, or manholes, that gave access. The manholes made it more straightforward to thoroughly clean the channel, but it was also possible to use buckets to extract water from the aqueduct, as we saw with Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi when he operated the property from 1543 to 1552, the year he died. The cistern he had made to gather rainwater wasn’t adequate to meet his water specifications. To provide himself with a much more useful way to assemble water, he had one of the manholes opened, providing him access to the aqueduct below his residence.

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

Another name for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. It is known as “disappearing” because the water source is under ground. Disappearing fountains should be put near any place people hang out often, as they add so much to the surrounding area.

There are numerous kinds of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

A disappearing fountain could be the best choice for you for many reasons. The water rises from underground and does not create a large pool above ground so any risk to those around it is minimized. That said, you will not have to worry about the security of your children. Evaporating water is also not an issue because the water supply is not exposed to heat. This means you will waste less water than if you had another style of fountain. This type of fountain is recommended if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither dirt nor algae can reach it underground. Finally, you can have one just about anywhere because it takes up so little space.


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