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Anglo-Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

The arrival of the Normans in the second half of the eleventh century irreparably improved The Anglo-Saxon lifestyle. At the time of the conquest, the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons in building design and cultivation. But nevertheless home life, household architecture, and decoration were out of the question until the Normans taken over the entire population. Castles were more standard designs and often built on blustery hills, where their people spent both time and space to practicing offense and defense, while monasteries were large stone buildings, commonly situated in the widest, most fruitful hollows. Gardening, a peaceful occupation, was impracticable in these fruitless fortifications. Berkeley Castle is perhaps the most complete model in existence nowadays of the early Anglo-Norman form of architecture. The keep is said to date from the time of William the Conqueror. An enormous terrace encompasses the building, serving as an obstacle to assailants trying to dig under the castle walls. On one of these parapets is a scenic bowling green covered in grass and surrounded by an aged hedge of yew that has been designed into coarse battlements.

The Water Fountains

As initially conceived, water fountains were designed to be practical, directing water from creeks or aqueducts to the inhabitants of cities and settlements, where the water could be used for cooking, washing, and drinking. In the days before electrical power, the spray of fountains was powered by gravity only, often using an aqueduct or water source located far away in the nearby mountains.Water Fountains 27950147.jpg Fountains all through history have been designed as memorials, impressing hometown citizens and visitors alike. The contemporary fountains of today bear little similarity to the first water fountains. The 1st accepted water fountain was a stone basin created that served as a receptacle for drinking water and ceremonial purposes. Stone basins are theorized to have been first utilized around 2000 BC. The force of gravity was the energy source that operated the earliest water fountains. These historic water fountains were created to be functional, often situated along reservoirs, creeks and waterways to supply drinking water. The Romans began constructing ornate fountains in 6 B.C., most of which were metallic or stone masks of wildlife and mythological representations. A well-designed collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public fountains supplied with fresh water.

Outdoor Fountains for Tight Spots

Outdoor Fountains Tight Spots 50419430.jpg The reflective properties of water means it can make smaller spaces look bigger than they are. In order to attain the maximum reflective properties of a water feature or fountain, it is best to use dark materials. If your objective is to highlight your new feature at night, underwater lights in various colors and shapes will do the trick. Solar powered eco-lights are great during the day and submerged lights are perfect for nighttime use. Alleviating stress and anxiety with their relaxing sounds are some of the uses in nature medicine.

The foliage in your yard is a great spot to fit in your water feature. Your pond, artificial river, or fountain is the perfect feature to draw people’s interest. Examples of spots where you can install a water element include large lawns or small patios. The most appropriate accessories and the best location for it are worthwhile if you want to better the atmosphere.Keeping Wall fountain Tidy 56836561.jpg

Keeping Your Wall fountain Tidy

Appropriate care and regular cleaning are important to the longevity of water fountains. A common problem with fountains is that they tend to accumulate dirt and debris, so it is essential that you keep it free from this. On top of that, algae can be a challenge, because sunshine hitting the water permits it to form easily. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be mixed into the water to avoid this problem. Another option is to blend bleach into the water, but this action can harm wild animals and so should really be avoided.

A complete cleaning every 3-4 months is recommended for garden fountains. First off you must drain the water. When you have done this, wash inside the water reservoir with a mild detergent. A good tip is to use a toothbrush if there are little hard-to-reach spots. Make sure all the soap is totally washed off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and cleaning the inside thoroughly. Letting it soak in vinegar for a couple of hours first will make it alot easier to clean. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to prevent any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

Finally, be sure to have a quick look at your fountain daily and add water if you notice that the level is low. Allowing the water to go below the pump’s intake level, can cause major damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!