Everything You Will Require for a Garden Water Fountain

wwlhcr-cp__83436.jpg A lot of people forget about the need for an electrical socket or water source close by when thinking about where to position their garden fountain. The joy of owning one occasionally causes people to forget the technical aspects when setting it up for the first time. If you require an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as typical power cords are only 12 feet long. You will also need to have a water supply close by so that you can effortlessly fill your water fountain. Transporting water is hard and laborious. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose nearby will make the job of filling the fountain much easier. A water fountain autofill is yet another option, but will demand the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Beautiful Backyard Multi-Level Water Elements

For many years now now, multi-tiered fountains have been common, especially in gardens. The nations in the southern part of Europe tend to have a lot of these types of fountains. While they can be seen anywhere, they are most prevalent in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people get together. Impressive carvings can be found on some of the most sophisticated tiered fountains, while others have much simpler designs.

People love to feature them in spots having a more traditional look and feel. The fountain should look as old as the rest of the space and fit in accordingly.

The Wonderful Santa Maria in Cosmedin Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian artifacts in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The nearby basilica is mainly famous for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. When the Santa Maria in Cosmedin water fountain was built in 1719, it was off the beaten track and mostly unknown as a result. It was said that there was nothing worth seeing in this area because it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to erect a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. Work on the church's foundation started on on August 11, 1717. The consecration of the first stone to be placed in the foundation was followed by medals being tossed in bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water.

Anglo Saxon Grounds at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The introduction of the Normans in the 2nd half of the eleventh century irreparably altered The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But there was no time for home life, domesticated architecture, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole region. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were enormous stone structures constructed in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the residents focused on learning offensive and defensive techniques. Gardening, a placid occupation, was impracticable in these unproductive fortifications. Berkeley Castle is possibly the most intact model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. As a technique of deterring assailants from tunneling beneath the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. On one of these terraces sits a quaint bowling green: it is covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

Keeping Your Landscape Fountain Clean

In order to ensure that water fountains last a while, it is important to perform regular maintenance. A typical problem with fountains is that they tend to gather dirt and debris, so it is essential that you keep it free from this. Also, algae is likely to build up any place natural light meets water. To avoid this, take vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or sea salt and add directly into the water. Another option is to blend bleach into the water, but this action can sicken wild animals and so should really be avoided.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should undergo a serious cleaning. To start with you must empty the water. Next use gentle and a soft sponge to clean inside the reservoir. If there are any tiny grooves, grab a toothbrush to reach every spot. Be sure to completely rinse the inner surface of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Numerous organisms and calcium deposits may get inside the pump, so it is best to take it apart and clean it completely. Letting it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours first will make it much easier to clean. Build-up can be a big problem, so use mineral or rain water over tap water, when possible, to prevent this dilemma.

One final tip for keeping your fountain in top working order is to check the water level every day and make sure it is full. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can harm the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

Where did Fountains Come From?

A fountain, an incredible 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.

From the beginning, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements. People in cities, towns and villages received their drinking water, as well as water to bathe and wash, from aqueducts or springs in the area. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their origin of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to provide clean water and honor the artist responsible for building it. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Muslims and Moorish garden designers of the Middle Ages included fountains to re-create smaller versions of the gardens of paradise. To demonstrate his dominance over nature, French King Louis XIV included fountains in the Garden of Versailles. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries manufactured 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.

Indoor plumbing became the main source of water by the end of the 19th century thereby limiting urban fountains to mere decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by replacing the power of gravity with mechanical pumps.

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


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