Fountains: Fundamental in any Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens usually include a water feature. You will often see Japanese water fountains in the doorway of a temple or home due to the fact that they are considered symbolic of physical and spiritual purification. a_539__40982.jpg The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very basic because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

You will also see many fountains that have spouts made of bamboo. Underneath the bamboo spout is typically a stone basin which receives the water as it flows down from the spout. It must have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. Natural elements such as plants and rocks are often put in place around a fountain so that it seems more connected with nature. Clearly this fountain is much more than merely a beautiful add-on.

An alternative is to get a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. Before long moss begins to creep over the stones and cover them, and as that happens the area begins to look more and more like a natural part of the landscape.

Wherever there is sufficient open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature. Charming add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

However, water does not need to be an element in a Japanese water fountain. Pretty rocks, sand, or gravel are good alternatives to actual water, as they can be used to symbolize the water. In addition, flat stones can be laid out close enough together to give the illusion of a babbling brook.

Chimes: Perfect for the Patio

Simple wind chimes work better than more complex ones so as to not create imbalance in decor styles. The aim is to place them anywhere they will fit and blend in effortlessly. When it comes to wind chimes, the tone is more significant than the appearance. Often times, the more creative styles of wind chimes are not created to produce a pure sound quality, while those made of simple aluminum can deliver this flawless sound. Installing your chimes at different heights is important when making your very own wind chime garden. For example, place your wind chimes on a platform, in a smaller tree line and among flowers. Each and every time the wind blows, the sound will intensely resonate across your garden. Installing wind chimes in your eyeline so you can enjoy the sunrise and sundown will allow you to appreciate their visual aspects. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum fit well with stone decor, flowing water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

A Genuine Roman Wonder: The Santa Maria Water Fountain in Cosmedin

Both Christian and pagan articles have been found in by the load by archaeologists and restorers scouring the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The well-known marble sculpture called the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth) is located in the portico of the basilica nearby. Since the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was situated off the beaten track, it remained relatively obscure. It was said that there was very little to see in this area, as it was bleak and abandoned making it an unfriendly place to visit. It was a this time that Pope Clement XI mandated the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri to put up a water fountain to renovate the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. Work on the church's infrastructure commenced on on August 11, 1717. Medals bearing the imagery of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown in the foundation following the consecration of the first stone.


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