Modern Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots

Modern Garden Decor: Fountains and their Roots 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.Modern Garden Decor: Fountains Roots 197469982169774827.jpg

The main purpose of a fountain was originally strictly functional. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the 19th century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Designers thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and honor the designer responsible for creating 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 models of the gardens of paradise. Fountains enjoyed a significant role in the Gardens of Versailles, all part of French King Louis XIV’s desire to exercise his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to exalt 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 rise 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 provide recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

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

Pets and Fountains

Pets and Fountains Take into account how your cat or dog may respond to a water feature before you buy one. Your freestanding fountain may be taken for a big pool or a drinking pond by your canine. Your cherished pets will probably take well to a water element in your backyard. Give some thought to the ideal place to put your water feature if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. Add a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your yard. Wall water fountains are excellent for indoor use as well if you want to avoid these issues. It is common to find these types of fountains in dental or medical practices as well as in lavish homes.

The History of Landscape Fountains

History Landscape Fountains 64429852200947.jpg The History of Landscape Fountains The translation of hundreds of ancient Greek texts into Latin was commissioned by the learned Pope Nicholas V who led the Church in Rome from 1397 until 1455. It was imperative for him to embellish the city of Rome to make it worthy of being known as the capital of the Christian world. In 1453 the Pope instigated the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clean drinking water into the city from eight miles away. The ancient Roman tradition of building an imposing commemorative fountain at the point where an aqueduct arrived, also known as a mostra, was restored by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was directed by the Pope to construct a wall fountain where we now see the Trevi Fountain. Adjustments and extensions, included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually supplied the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water supply.

Your Herb Garden: The Basics

Herb Garden: Basics 295039860285356935.jpg Your Herb Garden: The Basics An Introduction to Containers Gardening & Herbs. These plants are easy to grow and have the appeal of instant gratification, as they can be used in soups, marinades, and other recipes. An herb garden is easily maintained with minimum daily care, and planter gardens and potted herbs can be easily moved inside once autumn frosts begin, making it possible to maintain an herb garden all year long. 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. Over and above this, you might consider your personal taste inclinations when selecting herbs to flavor dinners. It is crucial to plant herbs that you will use. If you love to cook Latin food, you will definitely use cilantro. If you like Italian food, you should choose to plant basil, oregano, and thyme. The location of your herb garden will define what herbs can be planted and how long they will survive. If you live in a mild climate it may be much better to plant right into the ground due to the warmer winters and cool summer seasons. This is a very good way to spruce up your yard without having the pain of purchasing or creating planters. Plants often die or become dormant because of direct exposure to the extreme weather. As a result, many people have opted for planters because they are flexible and practical.
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