Ways to Introduce the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Garden

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

As far as the size of your garden goes, it is not especially important when adding feng shui design to it. Of course, a large area is great if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller areas as well. wwlhca_bl_1__55374.jpg

Whether you are bringing feng shui design to your home or garden, the tools are the same. As the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by understanding the bagua of the house.

It is also essential to know the five elements in the theory of feng shui and how best to use each one to optimize its energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be integrated in the northeast part 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 think about putting some into a peaceful Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Consider introducing a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Early Water Delivery Solutions in The City Of Rome

Rome’s first raised aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was built in 273 BC; before that, residents residing at higher elevations had to depend on local springs for their water. Over this period, there were only 2 other technologies capable of delivering water to higher areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which amassed rainwater.

From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the underground channel of Acqua Vergine. During its initial construction, pozzi (or manholes) were added at set intervals alongside the aqueduct’s channel. Even though they were originally designed to make it possible to service the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started out using the manholes to get water from the channel, opening when he acquired the property in 1543. He didn’t get sufficient water from the cistern that he had manufactured on his property to gather rainwater. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat just below his residence, and he had a shaft opened to give him access.

The Influence of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was considerably changed by the introduction of the Normans in the later eleventh century. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But the Normans had to pacify the whole territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Monasteries and castles served separate functions, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures constructed in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on learning offensive and defensive strategies. The barren fortresses did not provide for the peaceful avocation of farming. Berkeley Castle, perhaps the most pristine model of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture, still exists today. The keep is reported to have been invented during the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to attackers attempting to dig under the castle walls.

One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an ancient yew hedge cut into the shape of crude battlements.

Reasons to Give Thought To Installing a Pondless Fountain in your Backyard

There are two names for this kind of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. It is known as “disappearing” since the water source is below ground. Disappearing fountains add calming sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people gather. There are many varieties of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

A disappearing fountain could be the most suitable option for you for many reasons. There is no big pool of water that could pose a risk to anyone since the water comes from below the ground. Therefore, it is safe for children to play near it. Evaporating water is also not an issue because the water supply is not exposed to heat. Other types of fountains waste more water due to evaporation. This type of fountain is ideal if you do not have a lot of time to clean it often since neither debris nor algae can get to it underground. Finally, you can install one just about anywhere because it takes up so little space.

A Smaller Garden Space? Don't Fret! You Can Still Have a Water Fountain

You can make your space appear bigger due to the reflective effect of water. Augmenting the reflective attributes of a fountain or water feature are possible by using dark materials. If your intention is to showcase your new feature at night, underwater lights in varied colors and shapes will do the trick.

Solar powered eco-lights are excellent during the day and underwater lights are perfect for nighttime use. Natural therapies use them because they exude a soothing effect which helps to relieve stress as well as anxiety.

Water just blends into the greenery in your backyard. Your pond, artificial river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s attention. The versatility of water features is that they can be set up in large backyards as well as in small verandas. Considerably improving the ambience is possible by locating it in the most appropriate place and include the finest accompaniments.

The Genesis Of Garden Fountains

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

Originally, fountains only served a practical purpose. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to supply them with potable water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. 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 supply of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Fountains were not only used as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the designer who created it. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly depicting animals or heroes. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to re-create the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were extolled with baroque style fountains constructed to mark the arrival points of Roman aqueducts.

Urban fountains made at the end of the 19th century served only as decorative and celebratory adornments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish public spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.


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