Contained Water Features: Are They Convenient?

People like self-contained fountains for their easy installation and lower cost. The plumbing, pump, and other materials come along with the fountain. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository. cs_158_designer_white_1__49884.jpg

Self-contained fountains are simple to install making them perfect for anyone needing a patio fountain. They are perfectly transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The first thing the landscaper will need to find out is whether or not the land is level. Do not worry if the land is not level, your landscaper can easily even it out. The next step is to put your water element in place and add some water. The remaining step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

The best alternative for anyone who wants flexibility and does not want to use external plumbing or water source is a self-contained fountain. The center of a garden is a typical spot for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be placed anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to make them.

A Fabulous Example of Roman Talent: The Santa Maria in Cosmedin Waterwork

Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers searching the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) can be seen in the portico of the basilica nearby. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was not well known and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. Since the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. In order to modernize the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to design a fountain for the area. Work on the church's foundation commenced on on August 11, 1717. The blessing of the first rock to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being thrown in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Everything You Will Require for an Outdoor Water Feature

When thinking about where to set up your garden fountain, do not overlook the fact that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. The practical side of setting one up is often neglected because people get so focused on the beauty of it. Do not forget that an extension cord can be helpful if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the normal length of power cords. A convenient place to get water is essential since you will need to fill your fountain.

It is tough to move water from one location to another. The best way to fill the fountain is with a nearby hose. A water fountain autofill will make your life easier in the long run, but this requires a professional to install since it must be connected to an external water line.

Water Features: A Must Have in any Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is complete without a water feature. You will often see Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are thought to be symbolic of physical and spiritual cleansing. It is unusual to see extravagantly-designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Many people also choose a water fountain that features a bamboo spout. The water passes through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. So that the fountain seems at one with nature, people customarily enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Needless to say, this fountain is something more than just a simple decoration.

An alternate possibility is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. The aim is that over time it will start to look more and more like a natural part of the surroundings, as moss slowly grows over the stones.

Anyone who has an extensive area to work with can, of course, install a much larger water feature. Charming add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. The illusion of a creek with running water can also be achieved by putting flat stones very closely together.

Enrich Your Yard with the Use of Feng Shui

Introducing feng shui design into your yard will help circulate its energy into your home and your life.

When incorporating feng shui design into your gardden, even a very small space works. A sizeable space is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a more compact area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Whether you are introducing feng shui design to your home or garden, the approaches are the same. The initial task is to figure out the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should learn how to use each of them to intensify the energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that section connects to self-cultivation and personal improvement energy. This could be the ideal spot to put a meditative Zen garden with some beautiful stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

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

Early Water Delivery Solutions in Rome

Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started out providing the many people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, although they had depended on natural springs up till then. Outside of these aqueducts and springs, wells and rainwater-collecting cisterns were the lone technological innovations readily available at the time to supply water to segments of high elevation. From the early sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill by using the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine. Pozzi, or manholes, were built at regular intervals along the aqueduct’s channel. Although they were originally planned to make it possible to service the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi began using the manholes to accumulate water from the channel, opening when he bought the property in 1543. Whilst the cardinal also had a cistern to accumulate rainwater, it didn’t produce enough water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat below his property, and he had a shaft opened to give him access.


Water Transport Solutions in Historic Rome
Aqua Anio Vetus, the first raised aqueduct assembled in Rome, started providing the people living in the hills with water in 273 BC, though they had counted on natural springs up till then. ... read more
Keep Your Garden Fountain Clean
One final trick for keeping your fountain in top working order is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. Low water levels can ruin the pump - and you don't want that! read more
Keep Your Garden Water fountain Tidy
Lastly, make sure your fountain is always full by checking it every day - this will keep it in tip-top condition. Low water levels can damage the pump - and you don't want that! read more
Outdoor Fountains for Compact Spaces
The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Your pond, man-made river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s ... read more
Setting up a Fountain In Smaller Yards
The vegetation in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Turn your water feature such as a pond, artificial river, or fountain to become the ... read more