Fountains: Cherished Pets, Flying Friends and You

Anyone who has bird feeders knows that outdoor water features bring in wildlife. Drinking, bathing, and preening are some of the things birds need to do. 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. Birds are often drawn to outdoor fountains because of their flowing water rather than the standing water found in bowl-shaped bird baths. Birds are greatly attracted to the trickling and splashing sounds produced. brk-303-1__85451.jpg

Dogs love fountains because they provide another place to drink fresh water. Hot days cause dogs and cats to anxiously look for the freshest water around. Fountains generally need little cleaning due to their constantly streaming water, whereas birdbaths need to be regularly serviced because they easily collect debris.

The Outcome of the Norman Conquest on Anglo-Saxon Garden Design

The advent of the Normans in the later half of the 11th century substantially modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The Normans were better than the Anglo-Saxons at architecture and horticulture when they came into power. But the Normans had to pacify the whole territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Castles were more standard designs and often built on blustery hills, where their tenants spent both time and space to exercising offense and defense, while monasteries were considerable stone buildings, mostly situated in the widest, most fertile hollows. The sterile fortresses did not provide for the peaceful avocation of farming. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is portrayed in Berkeley Castle, which is perhaps the most unscathed illustration we have. It is said that the keep was developed during William the Conqueror's time. A massive terrace serves as a hindrance to invaders who would attempt to mine the walls of the building. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and enclosed by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

Short Outline of Herb Gardens

Numerous gardeners are drawn to herbal plants because they can use them in so many varied dishes. They are effortless to grow inside the house or out, and provide instantaneous gratification when used in marinades, various recipes, sauces and soups.

An herb garden is easy to maintain 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. You can incorporate a lot of things in your yard, including perennial herbs particularly because they don't need replanting at the end of the year and do not die easily. Your flavor and texture preferences in preparing food with herbs are key considerations in determining which herbs to grow. Consider the dishes you desire when picking out which herbs to plant in your garden. For instance, if you cook a lot of Italian food you may want to plant basil and oregano. If you like Latin food, go with cilantro. You must decide where your herb garden will be grown in order to determine which herbs will grow best. If you live in a moderate climate it may be much better to plant right into the ground due to the warmer winter seasons and cool summer seasons. It is both an attractive way to landscape your yard and an effortless way to go because you do not need to assemble or buy planters. If you do not want to your plants to die or become dormant after becoming subjected to extreme weather conditions, you can still rely on planters. They are practical and convenient and you can relocate indoors at any time.

The Attraction of Simple Garden Decor: The Large Outdoor Fountain

Having a pond in the vicinity of your garden water fountain is no longer required because they can now be placed on a wall near by. Nowadays, you can eliminate excavations, difficult installations and cleaning the pond. There is no plumbing necessary with this type self-contained water feature. However, water needs to be added consistently. Empty the water from the basin and place clear water in its place when you see that the spot is unclean.

Any number of materials can be utilized to make garden wall fountains, but stone and metal are the most convenient. Identifying the style you wish for shows the right material to use. It is best to look for garden wall fountains which are uncomplicated to hang, handmade and lightweight. In addition, be certain to purchase a fountain which requires little maintenance. Even though installing certain fountains can be challenging, the majority require little effort because the only parts which demand special care are the re-circulating pump and the hardware to hang them. It is very simple to spruce up your garden with these styles of fountains.

A True Roman Masterpiece: The Santa Maria Fountain in Cosmedin

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have stumbled upon a treasure trove of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a famed marble sculpture found at the entrance of the nearby basilica. The location of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known area and was, therefore, not oftentimes visited. Due to the fact that the nearby area was depressing and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a fountain for the area. August 11, 1717 saw the start of the task to lay down the foundation of the church. After blessing of the first stone, medals with the illustration of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.


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