Taking Care Of Fountains

wwlhcr_cv__05896.jpg A very important first step is to consider the proportions of the outdoor wall fountain with regards to the space you have available for it. It is essential that the wall where you are going to place it is sturdy enough to support its weight. Therefore for smaller areas or walls, a lightweight feature is going to be more suitable. You will need to have an electrical plug in the vicinity of the fountain so it can be powered. Whatever the style of outdoor wall fountain you select, they typically come with simple to understand, step-by-step instructions.

The general outdoor wall fountain is available in an easy-to-use kit that comes with everything you need and more to properly install it. The kit will include a submersible pump, the hoses and basin (or reservoir). If the size is average, the basin can be concealed amongst your garden plants. Once your wall fountain is installed, all that is required is regular cleaning and some light maintenance.

Replace the water regularly so it is always clean.

It is important to promptly get rid of debris such as leaves, twigs or other dreck. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be exposed to freezing winter weather conditions. Your pump may crack when subjected to freezing water during the wintertime, so it is best to bring it indoors to prevent any damage. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with the right maintenance and cleaning.

The Impact of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Landscaping

Anglo-Saxons encountered extraordinary changes to their day-to-day lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But before focusing on home-life or having the occasion to think about domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Most often constructed upon windy summits, castles were fundamental constructs that permitted their occupants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings commonly added in only the most fecund, extensive valleys.

The calm practice of gardening was not viable in these bleak bastions. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is represented in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed example we have. The keep is thought to date from the time of William the Conqueror. As a strategy of deterring attackers from tunneling underneath the walls, an immense terrace surrounds the building. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and bordered by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.

The History of Outdoor Fountains

Himself a learned man, Pope Nicholas V headed the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 till 1455 and was responsible for the translation of scores of age-old texts from their original Greek into Latin. It was imperative for him to beautify the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. Restoration of the Acqua Vergine, a ruined Roman aqueduct which had transported clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away, began in 1453 at the bidding of the Pope. The ancient Roman custom of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the location where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was resurrected by Nicholas V. The present-day location of the Trevi Fountain was previously occupied by a wall fountain commissioned by the Pope and constructed by the architect Leon Battista Alberti. The Trevi Fountain as well as the well-known baroque fountains located in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona were eventually supplied with water from the altered aqueduct he had reconstructed.

Brief Summary of Herb Gardening

An Introduction to Container Gardens & Herbal Plants. You will get immediate gratification when you grow herbs in the garden as they can be employed in cooking sauces, soups, marinades and a number of other recipes. Maintaining your herb garden all year is simple to do as you can place the natural herbs in pots and move them in when the weather starts to turn cold. It is often sensible to allow perennial herbs to comprise the bulk of your garden, as these will not die and require replanting at the end of the year. In addition, the kinds of herbs you want to cook with should affect your personal herb selection. Tailor your herb garden to the kind of food you most consistently cook. For instance, plant cilantro if you prefer Mexican or Thai food. If you cook more Italian food, absolutely plant basil, oregano, and thyme. It is relevant to figure out where your herbs will be grown in order to decide which herbs will thrive. It will be least difficult to plant straight into the ground if your environment is on the milder side, with seasons that are not severe. It is both an attractive way to landscape your yard and an easy option because you do not need to assemble or buy planters. Are you nervous that your location has horrendous climate that might cause your vegetation to die or become dormant? Try out planters as with their versatility and usefulness allows you to move the herbs indoors at any time.

Chimes and the Art of FengShui

Chimes were utilized by early seamen to determine wind variations as well as by farmers to guard their crops from scavenging birds.

Approximately 3000 years ago, Chinese artisans started molding bells in bronze to be placed close to shrines, in order to guard against evil spirits and enhance sacred ceremonies. South Asia, Japan, Europe and the Americas eventually imitated the practice of hanging windchimes in residences. The calm tones and the soft motions of wind chimes continued to be appreciated all over the globe, as each civilization changed them with their own relevance and personalized flair.

Feng shui (meaning “wind-water” in English) placed importance on the tone, constitution, and placement of wind chimes in the dwelling to favorably affect a person’s residence.

Chimes can be made from ceramic, shells, stones
A higher, more ringing tone in clay wind chimes is produced with a greater finishing firing temperature. Stoneware clay fired at higher temperatures produces less of a dull sound than does earthenware clay... read more
Wind Bells and Wind Chimes can be made from ceramic, earthenware, beads
A greater final firing temperature in clay wind chimes makes for a higher and more ringing tone. Utilizing a lesser heating temperature in earthenware yields a duller melody than does employing greater ... read more
Windchimes can be made from crystal glass, resin, porcelain
In order to attain a higher, more ringing tone in clay wind chimes, there should be a higher final firing temperature utilized. The contrast between earthenware clay fired at lesser temperatures and... read more


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