Where did Large Garden Fountains Come From?

aq_78155_2__04708.jpg The amazing or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, in addition to delivering drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns used them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains had to be linked to nearby aqueduct or spring. Up until the nineteenth, fountains had to be higher and closer to a water supply, such as aqueducts and reservoirs, in order to benefit from gravity which fed the fountains. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also provided clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of animals and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. Throughout the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners included fountains to create smaller variations 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 exert his power over nature. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to laud their positions by including beautiful baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

Urban fountains made at the end of the nineteenth served only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the essential drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity enabled fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create special water effects.

Modern-day fountains serve mostly as decoration for public spaces, to honor individuals or events, and compliment entertainment and recreational activities.

Water Fountains: Cherished Pets, Flying Friends and You

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. Drinking, washing, and preening are some of the things birds need to do. Birds including robins, thrushes, orioles, or warblers favor the movement of water from a fountain and are not necessarily drawn to bird feeders. Many flying creatures delight in running water rather than of still water, thus making such outdoor features much more appealing than bowl shaped birdbaths. Trickling fountains which splash water have a more noticeable sound, this attracting even more birds.

Dogs are attracted to fountains because they offer refreshing water to drink. Hot days drive dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water nearby. Consistently moving water is also going to require much less cleaning than a still bowl of water from a birdbath, which collects debris.

Create an Outdoor Water Element as a Commemorative Piece

For a cherished one you have lost, a garden fountain can make a lovely memorial. Age-old practices are often met with resistance nowadays. Commemorating loved ones who have passed is still the norm, however. Memorials often include personal items and are often used to pay homage to the deceased. Lots of people view backyard garden fountains as lovely commemorative pieces to their cherished ones. There are lots of ways to individualize your garden fountain in your loved one’s memory such as putting in flowers adding photos, attaching a plaque, or gathering for memorial services around the fountain.

People you have lost can be remembered in a unique loving manner with garden fountains. Be thankful for the achievement, abundance, and good fortune of the deceased with the emblematic flowing water of a fountain. Make sure to get a tough, durable, weatherproof garden fountain to create a lasting memorial. Once you do the work to build the garden fountain memorial, you will want to ensure it will last.

The Popularity of Water Fountains in Japanese Gardens

A water feature is an important part of any Japanese garden. They tend to be put right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are thought to be representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to call attention to the water itself.

Many people also get a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. Underneath the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it trickles down from the spout. It ought to have a worn-down, weathered look as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more in line with nature. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

If you want to get a bit more imaginative, try a stone fountain enhanced with live bamboo and other natural elements placed on a bed of gravel. After some years it begins to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss blankets the stone.

Anyone who has an extensive spot to work with can, of course, install a much bigger water feature. Nice add-ons include a babbling stream or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Beautiful rocks, sand, or gravel are ideal alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to represent the water. You can also collect flat stones and place them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

A Water Element Your Kitty Cat Can Appreciate

Does hearing water flow from the tap make your cat come running? Does he inspect the water in his bowl with his foot or drink from the toilet? Cats tend to favor water that is running, as this behavior demonstrates. In fact, they do not have a strong natural tendency to hydrate.

Out in nature, cats consume meat full of moisture which keeps them adequately hydrated. 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 adequate water because it is an essential part of their overall health.

Make water easily available to your cat by putting in a cat fountain.

If you put one in, you can rest easy knowing your cat has easy access to water. You can pick one you know your cat will like since they come in so many different versions. Some fountains are essentially a basin which refills automatically while others provide fresher water due to their constant flow.


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