The Myriad Reasons to Add a Wall Fountain

or-121__68464.jpg You can enhance your outdoor space by adding a wall fountain or an outdoor garden water feature to your yard or gardening project. Any number of current designers and fountain artisans have found ideas in the fountains and water features of the past. As such, integrating one of these to your interior is a great way to connect it to the past. The benefit of having a garden fountain goes beyond its beauty as it also attracts birds and other wildlife, in addition to harmonizing the ecosystem with the water and moisture it releases into the atmosphere. Birds drawn to a fountain or bird bath often scare away irritating flying invaders, for instance.

The area necessary for a cascading or spouting fountain is substantial, so a wall fountain is the perfect size for a small yard. Either a freestanding fountain with an even back and an attached basin set against a fence or a wall, or a wall-mounted style which is self-contained and hangs on a wall, are some of the possibilities from which you can choose. Adding a fountain to an existent wall requires that you include a fountain mask as well as a basin at the bottom to gather the water. Be sure to work with a specialist for this type of job since it is better not to do it yourself due to the intricate plumbing and masonry work needed.

Where did Large Garden 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 drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

The primary purpose of a fountain was originally strictly practical. 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. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and more elevated than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or jet high into the air. Fountains were an excellent source of water, and also served to decorate living areas and celebrate the designer. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. To illustrate the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages added fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his dominion over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles.

Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by adding decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to bring recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

The History of Garden Water Fountains

Pope Nicholas V, himself a well educated man, ruled the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455 during which time he commissioned many translations of ancient classical Greek texts into Latin. It was imperative for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being called the capital of the Christian world. At the bidding of the Pope, the Aqua Vergine, a ruined aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into Rome from eight miles away, was renovated starting in 1453. The historical Roman tradition of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an magnificent celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to build a wall fountain where we now find the Trevi Fountain. Changes and extensions, included in the restored aqueduct, eventually provided the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Anglo-Saxon Landscapes at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The introduction of the Normans in the latter half of the 11th century significantly transformed The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were massive stone structures assembled in only the most fruitful, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on learning offensive and defensive tactics. The bare fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of horticulture. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is depicted in Berkeley Castle, which is conceivably the most unscathed example we have. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time. As a technique of deterring attackers from tunneling beneath the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an old yew hedge cut into the form of crude battlements.

Pets and Wildlife Love Water Features

Outdoor water features and bird feeders are a healthy way to draw in wildlife and pets. All birds need a place to drink, bathe and preen. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers prefer the flow of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many flying creatures appreciate running water instead of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come around.

Dogs love fountains because they provide another place to drink fresh water. During scorching months of summer, cats and dogs will be outside searching for the absolute freshest water around. Constantly moving water is also going to require much less cleaning than a still bowl of water from a birdbath, which collects debris.

Water Fountains for Felines

Anytime your cat hears water running in the kitchen, does he come running? Does he drink from the toilet or feel the water in his bowl before drinking it? Although these behaviors might seem peculiar, in fact they are common because cats shy away from water that is not moving. Typically, they do not drink water that is not moving.

In the wild, cats tend to consume moisture-rich meat, which means they do not need to frequently search for water. Consequently, cats do not have a natural desire for much water. Owner's of a pet cat, on the other hand, need to make sure their cats get plenty of water because it is an essential part of their overall health. With a cat fountain, you can be sure your cat has plenty of water around.

Unlimited fresh water will always be available to your pet if you install one. You can choose one you know your cat will like since they come in so many unique models. Fountains can have constantly flowing water for freshness, or a receptacle that fills up as your cat empties it.

The Benefits of Pond Fountains

When someone mentions fountains, you typically think of the large sculptured ones found in parks, in front of hotels, etc. That said, in reality they can be made of any design and size, and do not only belong in public locations. You might even find a place in your own garden area for a lovely pond fountain.

By adding your one of your own, two things can take place. First are the lovely aesthetics and peaceful nature of fountains. What better way to wind down than to listen to the trickle of water and soak up its beauty. The setting will get a bit more elegant, too. What’s more, your lovely fountain will intrigue your guests and you will find your parties more enjoyable.

Another positive is that such a water feature will supply the fish in your pond with fresher, healthier water. A pond fountain will oxygenate the water by keeping it circulating, which is great for fish. Your fish will last a longer time because of the constantly moving, aerated water. You should see healthier plant life too.


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