Choosing the Perfect Spot for Your Fountain

93_117_5101_art_3__94615.jpg One of the first things to ponder when choosing a water fountain is exactly where you want to put it. They make striking centerpieces in roundabouts and make a nice impression in driveways and entryways too.

There are models such as wall fountains made specifically to be hung against a flat surface. To secure one against a wall, look for a bar or hook on the back made specifically for this purpose. Such fountains are unstable on their own, therefore, be sure to secure it right away so that it does not topple over as a result of weather conditions, animals or other natural occurrences.

A popular spot to add a garden sculpture is commonly in areas where people come together to sit back and enjoy the scenery.

Gardens of Chatworth: The Revelation Water Fountain

“Revelation,” the latest addition to the beautiful outdoor fountains of Chatsworth, was planned by well-known British sculptor Angela Conner. She was mandated by the late 11th Duke of Devonshire to make a limited edition bust of Queen Elizabeth, in 2004/5 in commemoration of the Queen’s 80th birthday celebration.

One of Chatsworth’s most well-known ponds, Jack Pond, had “Revelation” mounted in it in 1999. Taking the shape of four big flower petals which open and close with the flow of water, the metal water fountain alternatively conceals and reveals a gold colored globe at the center of the sculpture. The sculpture’s proportions are five meters in height by five meters in width and includes a metallic globe finished with gold dust. This most recent fountain is a fascinating addition to the Gardens at Chatsworth because the petals’ movement is entirely powered by water.

Integrating Feng Shui into Your Yard

Feel the health benefits of feng shui by adding its design elements into your yard.

Do not fret if your yard is considered too small for feng shui design, as size is relatively unimportant. It is great to have a huge space to work with, but do not worry if the area is small since you can always incorporate feng shui design.

Feng shui techniques are the same whether you are working in your garden or your house. Since the energy map, or bagua, of your garden is an extension of your home's bagua, you will need to begin by knowing the bagua of the house.

There are five elements in feng shui theory, and you should know how to use each of them to maximize the energy.

The Earth element, for example, should be located in the northeast part of your garden which is linked to the personal growth and self-cultivation energy in feng shui design. Since rocks symbolize the Earth element in feng shui, you might consider putting some into a serene Zen garden in the northeast corner of your yard.

Think about incorporating a water feature into these feng shui areas: East (health & family), North (career & path in life), or Southeast (money and abundance).

Where did Landscape Fountains Begin?

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 simply meant to serve as functional elements. Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Up to the late 19th century, water fountains had to be near an aqueduct or reservoir and higher than the fountain so that gravity could make the water move downwards or shoot high into the air. Acting as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also generated clean, fresh drinking water. Animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks were often times used by Romans to decorate their fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. King Louis XIV of France wanted to illustrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. The Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries were glorified with baroque style fountains made to mark the place of entry of Roman aqueducts.

The end of the 19th century saw the rise in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. The creation of special water effects and the recycling of water were two things made possible by replacing gravity with mechanical pumps.

Embellishing city parks, honoring people or events and entertaining, are some of the uses of modern-day fountains.

Cat Fountains

Whenever your cat hears water running in the kitchen, does he come running? Does he sip water from the toilet or touch the water in his bowl before drinking it? Cats do not like to consume water that is not moving, and this act shows this. They are not compelled to drink water much at all.

Cats in the wild generally get the hydration they need from meats containing water. As a result, felines never developed the drive to drink water. Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need adequate hydration, so you need to ensure they have an adequate amount. Make water easily available to your cat by installing a cat fountain.

If you get one, you can rest easy knowing your pet has easy access to water. You can choose one you know your cat will like since they come in so many unique versions. Fountains can have constantly flowing water for freshness, or a receptacle that fills up as your cat empties it.

Reasons to Install Your Own Pond Fountain

The immense gorgeous ones that are found in front of nice buildings and in public squares are what one tends to think of when imagining a fountain. That said, in reality they can be made of any style and size, and do not only belong in public places. Your very own flower garden or yard can be a great spot for a pond fountain.

By putting in your one of your own, two things can occur. First are the lovely aesthetics and serene nature of fountains. What better way to wind down than to listen to the trickle of water and enjoy its beauty. A bit of elegance and charm will also be added to the atmosphere. What’s more, your lovely fountain will interest your guests and you will find your parties more enjoyable.

The second reason for a water element is to provide a healthy environment for the fish in your pond. Fish must have water that is flowing and aerated, and pond fountains provide both. The better-oxygenated and constantly moving water will ensure your fish are around for a long time. Your flowers will also flourish.

How Fountains can be Ideal for the Environment

Have you always wanted to prettify the look of your house? Well, think about adding beauty and value to your residence by installing a solar powered water fountain. They are the same as electric fountains in that they help with one's overall well-being but they also offer monetary benefits. Even though there may be a greater cost at the beginning, the long-term investment will make it worthwhile. Electrical power shortages will no longer hinder using your fountain since it will run on the the power of sunlight.

Constant running water fountains will probably lead to a higher electric bill at the end of the month. The short-term advantages may not be noticeable, but keep in mind that the increased worth of your home will be later on.

Higher bills is not the only problem with using more electricity, the environment takes a big hit as well. The only source of energy used by solar powered water features is the sun making them a “green” option. Using solar energy to heat or cool your home is much better for our planet.

This kind of water fountain doesn't need as much upkeep as others.

These fountains need less cleaning than other kinds. Since these do not function using an electric generator that could clog up with clutter, they need little cleaning. Which ultimately means more time to chill out in your yard.


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