The Effect of the Norman Invasion on Anglo Saxon Gardens

The advent of the Normans in the latter half of the 11th century significantly modified The Anglo-Saxon ways of living. The skill of the Normans surpassed the Anglo-Saxons' in design and farming at the time of the conquest. or-105__71376.jpg But there was no time for home life, domestic design, and decoration until the Normans had conquered the whole region. Most often constructed upon windy peaks, castles were basic constructs that enabled their inhabitants to devote time and space to offensive and defensive schemes, while monasteries were rambling stone buildings frequently added in only the most fecund, broad valleys. Relaxing pastimes such as gardening were out of place in these desolate citadels. The early Anglo-Norman style of architecture is represented in Berkeley Castle, which is most likely the most unscathed sample we have. The keep is rumored to have been developed during the time of William the Conqueror. A monumental terrace serves as a discouraging factor to intruders who would try to mine the walls of the building. One of these terraces, a charming bowling green, is covered grass and flanked by an aged yew hedge cut into the figure of crude battlements.

The Varied Styles in Outdoor Water Fountains

Gardens allow you to escape into nature and be outside anytime you want. While there is a lot of work involved in getting a new one designed and made, it is worth the effort for anyone who will be using it. Investing in a breathtaking garden is good, as it will increase the “curb appeal” and value of your home. A water feature is not the only way to improve your landscape; think about adding trees and bushes, paving your driveway, or even putting in some special statues.

A significant improvement to your garden can be achieved by putting in a water fountain. Where you once had a simple area, you will now have an outdoor wonderland. The trickling water of your fountain will not only give you a calming oasis, it will also attract wild birds and other friendly local creatures. The rest of the garden will instantly become just background to the lovely new fountain.

The Ideal Multi-Tiered Fountain for your Yard

Fountains with multiple levels can be found just about anywhere and have been displayed in gardens for many years. You can find a lot of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. Piazzas and building courtyards are very common places where you will see tiered fountains. All tiered fountains are enchanting, although some have much more elaborate carvings than others.

People love to include them in places having a classic look and feel.

The fountain should blend right into the surroundings as if it has been there since the start.

The Advantages of Disappearing Fountains in your Garden

There are two names for this style of fountain: “disappearing” and “pondless”. The source of the water is not visible since it is below the surface of the ground. Disappearing fountains should be installed near any place people hang out frequently, as they add so much to the surrounding area. There are numerous varieties of them including millstones, ceramic urns, granite columns, and natural-looking waterfalls.

There are many reasons to give some thought to choosing a disappearing fountain. There is no large pool of water that could pose a risk to anyone since the water comes from beneath the ground. Consequently, it presents no threat to children. Moreover, you will not need to stress about losing water to evaporation since it is kept underground. This means you will lose less water than if you had another style of fountain. The water source will remain clean and free of dirt since it is below gound and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Finally, you can have one just about anywhere since it takes up so little room.

Contemporary Garden Decoration: Outdoor Fountains and their Roots

The amazing or ornamental effect of a fountain is just one of the purposes it fulfills, as well as providing drinking water and adding a decorative touch to your property.

Originally, fountains only served a functional purpose.

Inhabitants of urban areas, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash up, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Until the late 19th, century most water fountains operated using gravity to allow water to flow or jet into the air, therefore, they needed a source of water such as a reservoir or aqueduct located higher than the fountain. Artists thought of fountains as amazing additions to a living space, however, the fountains also served to supply clean water and honor the designer responsible for creating it. Roman fountains often depicted imagery of animals or heroes made of bronze or stone masks. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden designers included fountains in their designs to mimic the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were meant to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. The Romans of the 17th and 18th centuries created baroque decorative fountains to glorify the Popes who commissioned them as well as to mark the location where the restored Roman aqueducts entered the city.

Urban fountains made at the end of the 19th century functioned only as decorative and celebratory ornaments since indoor plumbing provided the necessary drinking water. Fountains using mechanical pumps instead of gravity allowed fountains to deliver recycled water into living spaces as well as create unique water effects.

Nowadays, fountains adorn public areas and are used to recognize individuals or events and fill recreational and entertainment needs.


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