Water Features: Fundamental in any Japanese Gardens

You will seldom see a Japanese garden that does not feature a water feature. They tend to be located right at the entrance of Japanese temples and homes because they are regarded as being representative of spiritual and physical cleansing. pd-192__04084.jpg It is uncommon to see elaborately -designed Japanese fountains because the focus is supposed to be on the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains that have bamboo spouts are very common. Below the bamboo spout is usually a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. Even when new, it should be made to appear as if it has been out in the open for a long time. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are frequently put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than simply a beautiful add-on.

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 starts to really blend into the surrounding nature as moss covers the stone.

Bigger water features can be developed if there is enough open land. Nice add-ons include a babbling brook or tiny pool with koi in it.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. Attractive rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. You can also gather flat stones and put them close enough together that they look like water in motion.

Cats and Water Features They Can Appreciate

Does your cat like to jump onto the counter when he hears the faucet? Does he check the water in his bowl with his foot or drink toilet water? Strange as these behaviors seem, they really show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. In most situations, they will not seek out much water to drink.

Felines in the wild actually get the water they need from meats containing water. Therefore, felines never developed the drive to drink water. Nevertheless, cats which do not hunt in the wild need proper hydration, so you need to be sure they have an adequate supply. To maintain a healthy water supply for your pet, get it a cat fountain.

Having one will ensure your cat has enough water around whenever it wants to drink. You can choose one you know your cat will like since they come in so many different models. One kind of fountain has regularly moving water for maximum freshness whereas others have water which is repeatedly refilled when the bowl is empty.

The Far-Reaching Benefits of Fountains

The movement and sound of water generated from a fountain have two health benefits: cleaning the air and proving a place of relaxation and peace, both of which will improve your quality of life.

Both an indoor and an outdoor garden fountain will help you in ways you might not even know. People around the world pulled to coastal cities and large bodies of water, most likely driven by the fact that our bodies have a high water content. All living beings need water to exist, and while you could move to a high-priced house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and less expensive option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Upgrade any outdoor area by adding a pretty outdoor garden fountain. You might be amazed how your beautiful outdoor space can be even more appealing with one of the many outdoor water features on the market. If you have a screened porch, think about installing one there, or if not, then on the outside wall above your patio. Make your flower garden an oasis of tranquility by adding a lovely tiered model. Birds love birdbath fountains because the flow of the water ensures that it remains clean and does not accumulate bacteria and algae. The hypnotic sound of trickling water is the secret touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.

Anglo Saxon Gardens at the Time of the Norman Conquest

The advent of the Normans in the latter half of the eleventh century significantly modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But before focusing on home-life or having the occasion to contemplate domestic architecture or decoration, the Normans had to subjugate an entire society. Monasteries and castles served different functions, so while monasteries were large stone structures built in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the people focused on learning offensive and defensive practices. The sterile fortresses did not provide for the quiet avocation of gardening. The finest example of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture existent presently is Berkeley Castle. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. A large terrace meant for exercising and as a way to stop attackers from mining below the walls runs around the building. A picturesque bowling green, covered in grass and bordered by battlements cut out of an ancient yew hedge, makes one of the terraces.

Attributes of Garden Sculpture in Archaic Greece

Archaic Greeks were well known for creating the first freestanding statuary; up till then, most carvings were made out of walls and pillars as reliefs. Most of these freestanding sculptures were what is known as kouros figures, statues of young, attractive male or female (kore) Greeks. The kouroi were considered by the Greeks to embody beauty and were sculpted with one foot leading and an uncompromising rigidity to their forward-facing poses; the male statues were always strapping, brawny, and unclothed. In about 650 BC, the variations of the kouroi became life-sized. The Archaic period was an incredible point of change for the Greeks as they grew into new forms of government, produced novel expressions of art, and achieved insights of the men and women and cultures outside of Greece. And yet these disputes did not prohibit the emergence of the Greek civilization. {


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