Spruce up Your Garden with the Aid of Feng Shui

alp_gxt686__20101.jpg When applied to your yard, feng shui design will draw its healthy energy into your home as well.

Do not be concerned if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is is not especially relevant. Of course, a large area is fantastic if you have it, but rest assured that feng shui works just as well in smaller spaces as well.

The same tools you employ to include feng shui design into your house can be used in the garden. In order to know the energy map, or bagua, of your garden, you will first have to understand your home’s bagua.

Before getting started, make sure you understand the five elements of feng shui so that you can maximize their energy.

Feng shui design calls for the Earth element, for example, to be integrated into the northeastern corner of your garden, as that area connects to self-cultivation and personal growth energy. Since rocks epitomize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a tranquil Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Give some thought to integrating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Tiered Water Features for your Backyard

Gardens are common places to showcase a tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. These kinds of fountains are common in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. The courtyards of buildings and communal areas are just a couple the areas you might see one. While some multi-level fountains have ornate designs including sculptures or artwork, others are very simple.

Any area can be embellished with one, although a more traditional setting is sometimes more appropriate.

It should seem as if the fountain has been part of the decor since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Exterior Wall Fountains: The Many Designs Available

Wall fountains are well suited to small verandas or yards because they do not take up too much space while also adding a bit of style and providing a great place to find peace and quiet. When looking at the many types of outdoor wall fountains available including traditional, antique, contemporary, or Asian, you are certain to find one most suitable to your design ideas. While there are countless prefabricated ones on the market, you may need a custom-built fountain if none of these are pleasing to you.

Depending on your needs, you can choose from mounted or freestanding types. Small, self-contained mounted wall fountains can be hung on any surface. Typically made of resin (to look like stone) or fiber glass, these kinds of fountains are lightweight and easy to hang. In large free-standing fountains, otherwise referred to as wall fountains, the basin is set on the ground with the smooth side positioned against a wall. There are no weight limits on these kinds of cast stone water features.

Custom-built fountains which can be integrated into a new or existing wall are often prescribed by landscaping designers. The basin and all the required plumbing are best installed by a trained mason. It is also essential to add a spout or fountain mask to build it into the wall. Custom-built wall fountains contribute to a unified appearance because they become part of the scenery rather than look like a later addition.

The Effect of the Norman Invasion on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

The Anglo-Saxon way of life was drastically changed by the arrival of the Normans in the later eleventh century. Engineering and gardening were skills that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. However the Normans had to pacify the whole territory before they could focus 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 occupants focused on understanding offensive and defensive techniques. The calm practice of gardening was impractical in these dreary bastions. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is depicted in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed sample we have. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A spacious terrace meant for exercising and as a way to stop enemies from mining below the walls runs about the building. 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.

Contained Water Fountains: Are They Practical?

Given that self-contained fountains are both low-cost and easy to install, they are very trendy.

Since all components are included with the fountain, no other parts are required. There is another use for the label “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository.

Self-contained fountains are simple to install making them ideal for anyone looking for a patio fountain. Due to the fact that they are versatile, it is simple to relocate them whenever you want.

Once you decide where you want to put your fountain, your landscaper should ensure that it is not too bumpy or uneven. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. Your water feature is now ready for installation and the addition of water. It is finally time to plug it in using either an electrical outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. While a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people place them in the middle. A number of common materials can be used for fountains including cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Feature Worth Viewing

Remarkable finds of both Christian and pagan roots have been made by archaeologists and restorers in the area of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The celebrated marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. For the most part, visitors stayed away from the area because it was a drab and desolate part of the city. 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 commenced on on August 11, 1717. Medals bearing the imagery 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.


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