Ways to Introduce the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

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

Do not worry if your garden is considered too little for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. A sizeable area is great for those lucky enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design. alp_gxt698__72495.jpg

Feng shui tools are identical whether you are working in your garden or your residence. The initial step is to know 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 vital to start by comprehending how to strengthen each of its five elements.

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 perfect 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 addition to the following feng shui areas: Southeast (money & abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life).

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Fountain Worthy of Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a wealth of pagan and Christian artifacts on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. 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 commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The work of laying down the church’s foundation started on August 17, 1717. After blessing of the first stone, medallions with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

The Importance of Water Elements in Japanese Gardens

A water element is an essential part of any Japanese garden. You will often notice 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. Since water is meant to be the focal point of a fountain, you will notice that the designs are kept very straightforward.

Bamboo is a popular material to use for spouts and therefore often integrated into water fountains. The basin, which tends to be built of stones, receives the water as it trickles down from the bamboo spout. In addition, it is essential to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more interconnected with nature. As you can perhaps deduce, this fountain is symbolic rather than purely decorative.

If you want to get a bit more creative, try a stone fountain embellished with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. Eventually moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area starts to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Larger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Lots of people add a koi pond or a little stream as a final touch.

Japanese fountains, on the other hand, do not actually need to have water in them. Many people decide to represent water with sand, gravel, or rocks rather than putting in actual water. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of flowing water.

The History of Wall Fountains

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the intellectual Pope Nicholas V commissioned scores of translations of old Greek classics into Latin. In addition, embellishing the city and making it the worthy capital of the Christian world was at the core of his ambitions. Beginning in 1453, he called for the reconstruction of the Acqua Vergine, a decaying Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The mostra, a monumental commemorative fountain constructed by ancient Romans to mark the point of arrival of an aqueduct, was a practice also revived by Nicholas V. The Trevi Fountain now occupies the area formerly filled with a wall fountain built by Leon Battista Albert, an architect employed by him. The Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains found in the Piazza Navona and the Piazza del Popolo were eventually supplied with water from the modified, reconstructed aqueduct.

Do Animals Like Outdoor Fountains?

Give some thought to how your pet may respond to a water feature before you buy one. Your stand-alone fountain may be seen as a big pool or a drinking pond by your canine. Adding a fountain to your property is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. Your fountain may draw in birds who think it is a great place to refresh themselves, so it is important to think about where you will place this type of water feature. Installing a birdbath in your backyard is the perfect answer if you want to attract birds. To prevent this, however, installing a wall water fountain inside your residence is a great option. Exclusive homes, in addition to dentist’ and doctors’ practices, often have such fountains on show.

Contained Water Fountains: Are They Practical?

People love self-contained fountains for their easy installation and low cost. All of the parts are provided with the fountain including the plumbing and pump. One name for a fountain having its own water source is known as “self-contained”.

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

The first thing the landscaper will need to determine is whether or not the land is flat. If your landscaper thinks the surface is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. You are now set to position your water feature and fill it with water. The last step is to plug it into a socket, a solar panel, or batteries.

Since it is free-standing and does not need an alternative water source or plumbing, a self-contained fountain is perfect for anyone looking for ease and convenience. The center of a garden is a popular spot for a water fountain so as to get the most visibility, even though they can be positioned anywhere. Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just some of the materials used to build them.


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