The Various Styles in Outdoor Water Features

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside whenever you want. There is nothing as beautiful as one to unwind in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. win508__01077.jpg A beautiful garden will augment any property value, as “curb appeal” is vital to the market value. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; think about adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some eye-catching statues.

A water fountain can make a significant difference to the elegance and tranquility of your garden. A place of harmony and serenity will appear from what was at first just a plain spot. The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming haven, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local animals. Your fountain will promptly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.

Pondless Water Features: Some of the Benefits of Having one in your Backyard

Another term for a disappearing fountain is a “pondless” fountain. You do not see where the water comes from, because it is underground. Disappearing fountains add calming sound effects and striking visuals to any place where people gather. There are countless kinds of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

There are many distinctive advantages to a disappearing fountain contrary to other fountains. The water comes from underground and does not form a large pool above ground so any danger to those around it is minimized. As such, it is okay for children to be near it. Additionally, since the water is stored underground, none of it is lost to evaporation. This means you will use less water than if you had another kind of fountain. The water source will remain clean and free of dirt since it is underground and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Finally, you can have one just about anywhere because it takes up so little room.

Water Transport Strategies in Early Rome

Previous to 273, when the 1st elevated aqueduct, Aqua Anio Vetus, was established in Roma, residents who dwelled on hills had to go further down to collect their water from natural sources. Throughout this time period, there were only 2 other innovations capable of supplying water to high areas, subterranean wells and cisterns, which amassed rainwater. From the beginning of the sixteenth century, water was routed to Pincian Hill via the subterranean channel of Acqua Vergine.

Through its original building and construction, pozzi (or manholes) were added at set intervals alongside the aqueduct’s channel. While these manholes were provided to make it less difficult to maintain the aqueduct, it was also possible to use containers to pull water from the channel, which was utilized by Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi from the time he purchased the property in 1543 to his death in 1552. Despite the fact that the cardinal also had a cistern to get rainwater, it couldn't provide sufficient water. To give himself with a much more efficient system to gather water, he had one of the manholes opened up, providing him access to the aqueduct below his residence.

Anglo-Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was significantly changed by the appearance of the Normans in the later eleventh century. The expertise of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in architecture and agriculture 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 general population. Monasteries and castles served separate functions, so while monasteries were massive stone structures assembled in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on learning offensive and defensive techniques. The tranquil method of gardening was unrealistic in these bleak bastions. The purest specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent today is Berkeley Castle. It is said that the keep was introduced during William the Conqueror's time. A massive terrace serves as a deterrent to invaders who would try to mine the walls of the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and enclosed by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, forms one of the terraces.

Ways to Include the Benefits of Feng Shui to Your Backyard

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

Do not fret if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant.

It is terrific to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can still incorporate feng shui design.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your home can be used in the garden. Since the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to start off by knowing the bagua of the house.

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

The northeast corner of your garden, for instance, connects to personal growth and self-cultivation energy, and Earth is the feng shui element that is important to incorporate it. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might think about putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

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

A Glimpse into the Beginnings of Wall Fountains

The Roman academic Pope Nicholas V (1397-1455) decided to have hundreds of old Greek writings translated into Latin. He also initiated the beautification of the city to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world.

The decaying Roman aqueduct which had carried potable drinking water in the into the capital city from numerous miles away was restored beginning in 1453 at his request. Nicholas V also embarked on the building of mostras, an old Roman practice of putting up imposing public fountains to indicate the terminal point of an aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was instructed by him to build a wall fountain where we now find the breath-taking Trevi Fountain. The water which ultimately provided the Trevi Fountain, as well as the famed baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona, came from the renovated and modified aqueduct.


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The Impact of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Landscaping
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Keeping Your Outdoor Wall Fountain Clean
And finally, make sure the water level is continuously full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally. Allowing the water to go below the pump’s intake level, can cause major damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome! read more
Keep Your Garden Fountain Tidy
And finally, make sure the water level is consistently full in order to keep your fountain operating optimally. Allowing the water level to get too low can cause damage to the pump - and you certainly don't want that! read more