Integrate the Spirit of Feng Shui into Your Garden

Introduce feng shui design to the layout of your yard so it can bring energy into your residence.

Size is not the most important concern when incorporating feng shui design to your garden. A huge area is great for those fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

The principal feng shui tools can be utilized for your interior decor as well as your garden design. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by knowing the bagua of the house. 53245ms__95371.jpg

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

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be incorporated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. This could be the optimal place to put a meditative Zen garden with some attractive stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Southeast (money and abundance), East (health & family), and North (career & path in life) are feng shui areas perfect for a water feature.

A Genuine Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan relics have been found in large quantities by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a recognized marble sculpture situated at the entrance of the nearby basilica. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. The part of town where it was situated was forlorn and bleak which generally kept visitors away. As part of an effort to refurbish the piazza outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was commissioned by Pope Clement XI to take on the job. Work on the church's infrastructure started on on August 11, 1717. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medals bearing the illustrations of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.

Modern Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

The amazing or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as supplying drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, via aqueducts or springs in the vicinity. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned 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. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often used by Romans to beautify their fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create smaller variations of the gardens of paradise. Fountains played a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for fresh, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative.

Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for open spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational events.

Dogs, Cats and Water Features

House pets may be dubious of a new water feature so be certain to take them into consideration before getting one. Your freestanding fountain may be seen as a big pool or a drinking pond by your canine. Your pets will not be negatively influenced if you incorporate a wall fountain to your property. You should consider the fact that birds might think they have found a new place to bathe when they notice your fountain so think carefully where you put it. Putting a birdbath in your backyard is the ideal solution if you want to attract birds. The indoor use of wall water fountains is entirely possible if wish to avoid these issues. Dentists’ and doctors’ offices as well as manor homes are just a few of the places where you can find these kinds of fountains.

The Innumerable Possibilities in Wall Fountains

A small patio or a courtyard is a great spot to situate your wall fountain when you seek peace and quiet. You can have one made to suit your requirements even if you have a small amount of space.

Both the stand alone and fitted models need to have a spout, a water basin, internal tubing, and a pump. Traditional, modern, antique, and Asian are just a few of the styles from which you can choose.

With its basin laid on the ground, freestanding wall fountains, or floor fountains, are generally quite big in size.

On the other hand, a water feature affixed to a wall can be integrated onto an existing wall or built into a new wall. This type of fountain adds to a cohesive look making it seem as if it was part of the landscape rather than an added feature.

Anglo-Saxon Grounds During the Norman Conquest

The introduction of the Normans in the second half of the 11th century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire populace. Castles were more fundamental constructions and often constructed on blustery hills, where their tenants spent both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, commonly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. The tranquil practice of gardening was impractical in these dismal bastions. Berkeley Castle, potentially the most pristine style of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists in the present day. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to attackers trying to dig under the castle walls. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and surrounded by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.


The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design
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Outdoor Fountains for Tight Spots
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The Wide Array of Models of Outdoor Wall Fountains
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