Choosing the Perfect Chimes for You

b-033__22864.jpg Go for wind chimes that are uncomplicated in design in order to prevent any disparity in decor designs. This way they will mix in perfectly wherever they are installed. Choose wind chimes that make a beautiful sound and do not get stuck solely on their look. In fact, many of the more decorative types of wind chimes are not made in such a way that allows for the same pristine sound quality as those of a simple aluminum design. When creating your wind chime garden, chimes can be hung at various heights. For instance, setting your wind chimes on a sundeck, in a small line of trees, or among flowers can create a beautiful outdoor environment. The sound produced every time the wind blows will ring throughout your garden. If the appearance of the wind chimes is important to you, contemplate installing them in your eyeline where they will mirror the sun at dawn and sundown. Wind chime gardens designed of aluminum fit well with stone decor, cascading water (including a waterfall or a birdbath) and evergreens.

The Reason Behind Water Features in Japanese Gardens

No Japanese garden is finished without 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. Since water is the most important component of any Japanese fountain, the design is normally simple.

Many people also get a water fountain that includes a bamboo spout. The bamboo spout is positioned over the basin, typically constructed of natural stones, and water trickles out. In addition, it is vital to the overall look that it appear as if it has been outdoors for a long time. So that the fountain appears at one with nature, people normally enhance it with natural stones, pretty flowers, and plants. Obviously, this fountain is something more than just a regular decoration.

An alternate possibility is to find a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss gradually covers the stones, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is enough open space, you have the possibility to build a more extensive water feature. Consider adding a delightful final touch like a pond filled with koi or a tiny stream.

Water, though, does not have to be used in a Japanese fountain. It is okay to use representations of water in lieu of real water, such as sand, rocks, or natural stones. Natural rocks that are flat and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of moving water.

The Marvelous Santa Maria in Cosmedin Water Fountain in Rome

Archaeologists and restorers alike have stumbled upon a treasure trove of heathen and Christian relics on the site of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome. The nearby basilica is largely renowned for the marble sculpture known as the Bocca della Verità, (Mouth of Truth) located in its entryway. The situation of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain (1719) was not in a well-known neighborhood and was, therefore, not often visited. Since the nearby area was gloomy and mostly abandoned, people were not particularly interested in visiting it. It was then that the Italian architect Carlo Bizzaccheri was mandated by Pope Clement XI to build a fountain in the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in an attempt to make the area more popular. August 11, 1717 marked the date when work on the church’s foundation started. The first stone to be placed in the foundation was blessed and medallions bearing the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were also tossed in.


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