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Anglo-Saxon Gardens During the Norman Conquest

Anglo-Saxons felt extraordinary modifications to their daily lives in the latter half of the eleventh century due to the accession of the Normans. Architecture and horticulture were attributes that the Normans excelled in, trumping that of the Anglo-Saxons at the time of the occupation. But the Normans had to pacify the overall territory before they could concentrate on home life, domestic architecture, and decoration. Monasteries and castles served different purposes, so while monasteries were large stone structures assembled in only the most productive, wide dales, castles were set upon blustery knolls where the occupants focused on learning offensive and defensive practices. Peaceful activities such as gardening were out of place in these destitute citadels. Berkeley Castle is most likely the most complete model in existence today of the early Anglo-Norman style of architecture. It is said that the keep was created during William the Conqueror's time. A massive terrace serves as a deterrent to invaders who would try to mine the walls of the building. On one of these parapets is a picturesque bowling green covered in grass and bordered by an aged hedge of yew that has been shaped into coarse battlements.Advantages Solar Landscape Fountains 2479072229404673.jpg

The Advantages of Solar Landscape Fountains

Garden wall fountains can be powered in several different ways. While electrical power has been used up to now to power them, there has been renewed interest in environmentally-friendly solar powered versions. Even though initial costs may be higher, solar powered water fountains are the most economical going forward. Terra cotta, copper, porcelain, or bronze are the most prevalent materials used to build solar powered water fountains. This wide array of options makes it easier to purchase one which matches your interior design. Easy to care for and an excellent way to make a real contribution to the environment, they make wonderful additions to your garden sanctuary as well.

Indoor wall fountains not only give you something beautiful to look at, they also help to cool your home. They cool your residence by utilizing the same principles used in air conditioners and swamp coolers. Since they eat up less electricity, they also help you save money on your monthly energy bill.

Fanning fresh, dry air across them is the most frequent way used to benefit from their cooling effect. Utilizing the ceiling fan or air from a corner of the room can help to optimize circulation. Regardless of the technique you use, ensure the air is flowing over the top of the water in a consistent manner. It is normal for fountains and waterfalls to generate cool, fresh air. The sudden chill we feel is normal when we come near a large public fountain or a waterfall. Situating your fountain cooling system in a spot that is very hot reduces its efficacy. Direct sunlight, for example, reduces the efficiency of your fountain to generate cool air.

The First Outdoor Garden Fountains

First Outdoor Garden Fountains 076390034910305.jpg As initially developed, fountains were designed to be practical, guiding water from streams or aqueducts to the inhabitants of towns and villages, where the water could be utilized for cooking food, washing, and drinking. To generate water flow through a fountain until the late 1800’s, and produce a jet of water, required gravity and a water source such as a spring or reservoir, situated higher than the fountain. Striking and impressive, prominent water fountains have been constructed as monuments in nearly all societies. When you see a fountain today, that is certainly not what the first water fountains looked like. A stone basin, carved from rock, was the first fountain, used for holding water for drinking and spiritual purposes. The original stone basins are believed to be from around 2000 BC. The force of gravity was the power source that operated the initial water fountains. Located near aqueducts or creeks, the practical public water fountains supplied the local population with fresh drinking water. Fountains with flowery decoration started to show up in Rome in approximately 6 BC, usually gods and wildlife, made with natural stone or bronze. A well-designed collection of reservoirs and aqueducts kept Rome's public water fountains supplied with fresh water.

The Countless Construction Materials of Outdoor Water fountains

While today’s garden fountains are made in a range of materials, the majority are made from metal. Metals tend to yield clean lines and unique sculptural accents and can fit almost any design preference or budget. The interior design of your residence should determine the look and feel of your yard and garden as well.Countless Construction Materials Outdoor Water fountains 14774576666905.jpg

Today, a lot of people elect copper for their sculptural garden fountains. Copper is common for both inside and outside use and is commonly found in tabletop and cascade fountains, among others. Copper fountains also come in a wide array of styles - from fun and eccentric to modern and cutting-edge.

If you are drawn to more conventional -looking water fountains, brass is probably what you want. Brass fountains are frequently designed with intriguing artwork, so they are popular even if they are a bit conventional.

Of all the metals, stainless steel is viewed as the most modern -looking. If you choose a cutting-edge steel design, both the value and tranquility of your garden will get a nice lift. As with any type of fountain, they are available in numerous sizes.

For people who want the look of a metal fountain but prefer a lighter weight and more affordable option, fiberglass is the answer. The maintenance of fiberglass water fountains is quite simple, so they have many benefits that people appreciate.