Alluring Backyard Multi-Level Water Elements

Fountains with more than one tier are very easy to find, and typical particularly in gardens. The countries in the southern region of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. While they can be located anywhere, they are most prevalent in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people get together. Beautiful carvings can be found on some of the most lavish tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

People love to feature them in areas having a more traditional look and feel. twf029-fl__71641.jpg The fountain should look as old as the rest of the area and blend in accordingly.

The Extraordinary Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Feature in Rome

Both Christian and pagan artifacts have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is mainly famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and situated far from sight making it hard to visit. The part of town where it was located was forlorn and bleak which generally kept visitors away. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI commissioned the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water feature to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Work on the church's foundation began on on August 11, 1717. Medallions bearing 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 in the foundation following the blessing of the first stone.

How Much Do Pets Benefit from Water Features

House pets may be wary of a new water feature so be certain to take them into account before purchasing one. Your stand-alone fountain may be taken for a big pool or a drinking pond by your pooch.

Installing a water feature to your yard is a great idea, one which is certain to benefit your pets. Give some thought to the ideal spot to put your water feature if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. If you intend to purposely entice birds, however, installing a birdbath is a good solution. The indoor use of wall water fountains is altogether possible if wish to avoid these problems. It is common to find these kinds of fountains in dental or medical workplaces as well as in lavish homes.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes During the Norman Conquest

The arrival of the Normans in the 2nd half of the 11th century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The expertise of the Normans exceeded the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the rest of the populace. Monasteries and castles served different functions, so while monasteries were large stone structures built in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on learning offensive and defensive practices. The tranquil practice of gardening was unlikely in these dismal bastions. Berkeley Castle is probably the most intact model in existence at present of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A large terrace recommended for strolling and as a way to stop enemies from mining under the walls runs around the building. A scenic bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements clipped out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

Ways to Introduce the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Yard

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

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 fortunate enough to have it, but a smaller area can still be useful in feng shui design.

Feng shui methods are the same whether you are working in your garden or your home. The initial part is to understand the bagua, or energy map, of your home, as your garden’s bagua will be an extension of that.

Before getting going, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can optimize their 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 place to put a meditative Zen garden with some alluring stones because these represent the Earth element in feng shui.

Anyone thinking about incorporating a water feature into their garden should place it in one of these feng shui areas: North (career & path in life), Southeast (money and abundance), or East (health & family).

Where did Landscape Fountains Come From?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. Water fountains were connected to a spring or aqueduct to supply potable water as well as bathing water for cities, townships and villages. Until the late nineteenth, century most water fountains functioned using 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. Serving as an element of adornment and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. The main materials used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the spot where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Since indoor plumbing became the standard of the day for clean, drinking water, by the end of the 19th century urban fountains were no longer needed for this purpose and they became purely decorative. Gravity was substituted by mechanical pumps in order to permit fountains to bring in clean water and allow for beautiful water displays.

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


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