The Results of the Norman Conquest on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The introduction of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century irreparably transformed The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. The Normans were much better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But there was no time for home life, domesticated architecture, and adornment until the Normans had conquered the whole region. ft-0122__61011.jpg Castles were more fundamental constructions and often erected on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were major stone buildings, mostly located in the widest, most fruitful hollows. Gardening, a quiet occupation, was unfeasible in these fruitless fortifications. The best specimen of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent in modern times is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from William the Conqueror's time period. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an impediment to assailants attempting to dig under the castle walls. On one of these terraces sits a quaint bowling green: it's covered in grass and flanked by an old yew hedge that is created into the shape of rough ramparts.

Water Transport Solutions in Historic Rome

With the building of the first elevated aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Anio Vetus in 273 BC, people who lived on the city’s hills no longer had to rely solely on naturally-occurring spring water for their requirements. If residents residing at higher elevations did not have access to springs or the aqueduct, they’d have to count on the other existing systems of the time, cisterns that gathered rainwater from the sky and subterranean wells that received the water from below ground. In the early sixteenth century, the city began to use the water that flowed below the ground through Acqua Vergine to furnish drinking water to Pincian Hill. All through the length of the aqueduct’s channel were pozzi, or manholes, that gave entry. Although they were primarily planned to make it possible to support the aqueduct, Cardinal Marcello Crescenzi started out using the manholes to accumulate water from the channel, opening when he obtained the property in 1543. Whilst the cardinal also had a cistern to accumulate rainwater, it couldn't supply sufficient water. Thankfully, the aqueduct sat under his property, and he had a shaft opened to give him accessibility.

The Different Designs in Backyard Water Fountains

Gardens allow you to retreat into nature and be outside anytime you want. If you are planning to spend a lot of time in yours, it is worth the work it takes to do it correctly. Both the “curb appeal” and the value of your real estate will be driven up when you install an eye-catching garden. There are many ways to boost the visual charm of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can make a significant difference to the elegance and tranquility of your garden. It will turn a plain area into a gorgeous place of peaceful tranquility. You are not the only one who will enjoy the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly critters visiting. Your fountain will immediately turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.

An Short Guide to Herbs in Your Garden

A lot of gardeners find that they are drawn to learning more about herbal plants as they are easy to cultivate and fun to use in cooking. Herbs are very painless to cultivate indoors or outdoors and provide near-instant gratification, they are utilized in marinades, sauces, soups and other fantastic meals. Maintaining your herb garden all year is straight forward to do as you can plant the natural herbs in pots and move them in when the weather conditions 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 types of herbs you prefer to cook with should affect your personal herb selection. Basil, oregano, and thyme are great herbs to plant if you take pleasure in cooking and eating Italian food. If you prefer Latin themed food, you may choose to cultivate cilantro instead. The placement of your herb garden will determine what herbs can be planted and how long they will endure. If you live in a moderate climate it may be much better to plant right into the ground due to the warmer winters and cool summers. It is simultaneously an attractive way to landscape your yard and an easy choice because you do not need to construct or buy planters. There is practically nothing you can do to escape harsh climate conditions that might impact your plants. However, there is hope because planters can be relocated indoors whenever there's bad weather outside so they are flexible and practical for your herbs.

Water Fountains: Pets, Visiting Birds and You

Wildlife and pets are by nature attracted to bird feeders and water fountains. All birds need somewhere to drink, bathe and preen. There are some birds, such as robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers, which are not attracted to bird feeders, but are interested in fountains because of the moving water. Many flying creatures enjoy running water instead of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Birds can hear the trickling and splashing and are even more likely to come around.

Dogs like fountains because they provide another place to drink water. During scorching months of summer, cats and dogs will be outside searching for the absolute freshest water around. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly streaming water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly maintained because they easily collect debris.


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The Results of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Landscaping
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