By: admin | Posted on: Feb/09/2017
All the rain and snow this winter has created some dramatic scenery. Among of the most striking are the waterfalls in Yosemite National Park that have been gushing at record levels.
Waterfalls are amazing natural features, creating beautiful and picturesque settings that remind us of nature’s power, yet can be peaceful at the same time. Similarly, a fountain can be an enjoyable experience. The addition of a waterfall fountain to a backyard setting can take an average space and make feel more vibrant.
Indoor Waterfall Fountains
There are many different types of waterfall fountains. From those you can place indoors to ones that can also be placed outdoors. An indoor waterfall is typically mounted on a wall or a large standing fountain. These indoor waterfalls often have slate or mirrored glass upon which water will flow into a basin and recirculate through the fountain. Typically you think of such items in hotel lobbies or large office buildings. But now you can find indoor waterfall fountains suitable for residential homes.
Instead of choosing artwork for your foyer, or the empty wall in your sitting room, consider a wall mounted waterfall. When brought indoors, these features can add a soothing and calming element to any space. Since they are available in many unique sizes, shapes, and colors there is something to suit any style.
Your Own Outdoor Waterfall
When it comes to choosing the right waterfall fountain for your outdoor setting there are many factors to consider. For instance, the size of the waterfall should be proportional to your setting. Think about the water movement as well. If the fountain splashes, or if the water can be carried by the wind, make sure sitting areas are not too close by. You do not want to get sprayed with water while sitting and entertaining guests! Water splashing can also look sloppy or even make a surface slippery. So make sure the fountain and its splash zone is set far enough away from traffic areas.
One of the most popular backyard waterfalls is one that looks most similar to something you would find in nature. Whether it is created out of cast stone or a lighter weight fiberglass material, natural looking rock water elements are a great way to extend the outdoors along with nature.
Water Helps Set a Mood
Adding rushing water to your garden setting is a source of joy, relaxation, and entertainment. It allows guests to relax in your setting, as well as feel at home. The water creates a positive atmosphere for everyone. Often water is used in feng shui, a way to keep your garden in balance creating harmony. Water is also stimulating, creating energy as you work in it, or peacefulness for meditation.
Waterfall fountains bring a natural wonder of the world, right into your very own home or garden. It can be a soothing and relaxing accent, or a lively and energetic source of entertainment! Enjoy the beauty and delight the addition of this type of garden fountain will bring into your setting! Posted by Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com team.
By: admin | Posted on: Jan/24/2017
Your garden’s outdoor décor should reflect your own personal interests and style. When you add personal items along with artistic pieces, then your outdoor seating and garden areas become a reflection of who you are. Most of us put thought into how we look when we’re out in the world. The style of dress, accessories and makeup or hairstyles we wear say a lot about our personality. Our home and garden is no exception. Here are some ideas to help you create an artistic garden that reflects your own personal style.
Garden décor can reflect things you love. Be it golf, your cats or dogs, your children, or patriotic flags during certain holidays – wear what you love, proudly. Your yard can too. Think of scenery that relaxes or inspires you: English gardens, the seaside, the desert or Asian themes are all popular. Write a few items down on a list, and then search for pictures in magazines or online.
Sometimes, less is more
Outdoor décor sometimes can become too cluttered. Choosing one or two pieces that can become focal points make the strongest statement. If you’re doing a collection of themed items, say a garden gnome village, keep the items to a single color pallet. Choose items from the same manufacturer so their colors match.
Chose flowers, grasses and plants that have a variety of textures and heights. Cluster plants together the way they form in nature, rather than in rows. Move from lower plant heights in the front of your beds and borders to taller plantings in the back. Think of your primary colors of red, blue and yellow, and then space them with your neutrals of greens or varying grasses. Also if you have 4 distinct seasons, plan for how your yard area will look in the winter months too. Plant evergreens to create year-round interest and height. Then, space in artistic statues or planters around your plantings – and let them stand out in their own right.
Remember that art doesn’t always need to take itself so seriously. Using a touch of humor such as this meditating gnome statue, will make you smile and remember your initial inspiration every time you pass by it. If you have young children or grandkids, get them involved with a DIY project. Animals or other statues that give you a chuckle keep your home and garden relaxing and fun to enjoy.
Even if you don’t feel like you’re a naturally creative person, anyone really can make your yard feel like an expression of your personality and give you a great artistic garden your neighbors will envy and you’ll enjoy for years. Posted by Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com Team.
By: admin | Posted on: Jan/10/2017
If you’re living in the grips of winter, but still want to get a start on your planting, try this great garden idea: sow your seeds in winter. But what if you don’t have room in your home for a grow lamp? With these tips you can actually create miniature outdoor greenhouses so you can start growing your favorite germs, annuals and even certain vegetables now.
Choose a Container
Gather recycled containers such as cut milk jugs, clamshell boxes, unused plastic planters or foil trays. Each needs to be waterproof and able to hold about 3 inches of soil. But the most important thing is the container should hold soil and keep it moist and covered, without allowing water to escape or leak outside. If you have small window boxes or planters, for example, then just be sure they have their holes in the bottoms for drainage.
But if you are using plastic milk jugs, you’ll need to create the holes. First, cut the milk container in half, about six inches from the bottom. Then poke some holes in the bottom for drainage. You can use duck tape when finished to attach the tops to the bottoms to create your greenhouse.
Place and Plant
Once you have the containers, you’ll want to choose a good location outside your home. You want the plants to get good sunlight, and also be sheltered without heavy exposure to wind. But you also need to consider the humidity. Look for an area that is normal to your area. If the area is too hot it can over dry the plants. Conversely, if it is too moist then fungus or rot can interfere with your seedlings.
Fill your container with topsoil from you existing garden or prepared potting soil. Make sure it has a good mix of organic materials; loam and some sand to ensure good drainage. Then plant the seeds into the containers according to their individual instructions on the packets. Don’t forget to label them! You can use a black marker or tape the seed package to the container.
Water and Cover
Then just water your plants and cover them. Cover the containers with their tops, if you’re using cut milk jugs, for example. Or, if you don’t have a tight-fitting lid, you can use a layer of plastic wrap. This will seal in the moisture and decrease the need to water as often.
Uncover the seedlings once they are sprouted, and then water them as needed as they grow. Use a liquid fertilizer and observe their health. When they are strong enough to survive being transplanted, then you can put them into whatever containers or garden you are using them in.
For more information and details on how to sow plants from seedlings in winter, check out the site at Wintersown.org. It’s a great way to creatively get started on your gardening early regardless of the weather! Posted by Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com Team.
By: admin | Posted on: Jan/03/2017
Maybe you’ve decided to take up meditation. Or, maybe you’d just like to create a personal, peaceful place in your yard. Whatever your reasons, designing your own area to meditate, reflect and enjoy nature is one of the best uses of your outdoor living space. Here are a few ways you can get started creating your own meditation garden.
What Inspires You?
You don’t need to know anything about meditation in order to create a relaxing place in your yard. Simply sit quietly and think about what a natural, inspirational setting looks like to you. Look through magazines or online pictures to get your juices flowing. You can look to traditional designs such as Japanese or Zen, but all the world’s locations hold some personal magic. The desert, the beach or the English countryside can be just as inspiring – choose what is meaningful to you.
You’ll want to think about the basics now and be realistic about some things.
Size – think about all the ways you use your yard area and how you entertain. Remember, a meditation garden can still be multi-use if you have a limited amount of space.
Terrain – is this a patio only with hard surfaces you’re working with? Is your ground area level or does it have a slope? What naturally existing elements can be used to help create privacy or peaceful surroundings? What view do you wish to see when seated in your meditation garden? Consider all of these points.
Noise – Finding quiet space is one of the most important elements. Think about traffic, close-by neighbors and other factors. The use of water or soft music on a portable player can help mute undesired sounds.
Having some sort of overhang or shelter can be important. After all, one of the most peaceful sounds in nature is that of softly falling rain. But you really don’t want to be soaked while seated outside, either. Also, shelter from the hot sun in summer can make it more relaxing on your mind and body. Adding a pergola, arbor or even an enclosed pavilion are all good options to consider. Finally, don’t forget to consider what you’ll actually be sitting on. Cushions, sofas, chairs or wherever you want to be seated should be comfortable and support a good posture. Make sure fabrics are all-weather friendly too.
Be Mindful of Plants
Try to choose plants that inspire you and are beautiful to look at. If you love butterflies or birds, for example, then choose plantings that attract them. Consider their fragrances as well, and try different flowers and herbs that inspire joy and relax you. Be strategic where possible though, and pick plants that are eco-friendly. Select plants that minimize pests and keep weed growth down, naturally. As toxins won’t make you feel very Zen-like in your garden.
Adding a water feature such as a fountain, waterfall or pond to your area is always a good idea. This fundamental element is always relaxing both to us, and the wildlife in the yard. Plus, if adding a fountain or waterfall, the sound of the water will help drown out any excess noise in your meditation space. Lastly, accessorize your area with a few statues or other objects that inspire you. Specific statues or stones can add meaning and focus, as well as character and even a sense of humor. As one Zen Master I know, Nissim Amon, always says to his students when meditating, “keep a little smile.”
Creating a meditation garden is an ideal way to create a relaxing, peaceful area in your home and garden. For more tips, see this WikiHow article. By helping to manage stress, meditation or even just reconnecting with nature, is one of the best things we can all do to help care for ourselves. What better use of your yard can there be? Namaste.
Posted by Jean Widner of the Garden-Fountains.com team.
By: admin | Posted on: Dec/28/2016
Water is a soothing and wonderful addition to any setting, indoors or outside. Water fountains don’t need to be obtrusive; in fact, there are small water features that make delightful decoration for your home or patio setting. They are small and discreet, but create a lovely sound and add a perfect touch of style. A small fountain offers many benefits making it a perfect choice for your home, patio, office, or as a gift!
Small fountains, when used in the home, make great decorative features, perfect for filling in an empty space with an extra special touch! These fountains are also often referred to as tabletop fountains. Small fountains typically come already assembled, and all that needs done is plugging them in. These will not take up a lot of space, but will add a comforting feature to your setting. They are lightweight, and can be easily moved if you are unhappy with their location. They are superb choices for end tables or corner tables, giving an extra special accent for any space.
Take Them to Work
Small Water features are also a wonderful option for a work or office space. The best part of a water fountain is the sound they emit. Water has the ability of calming the mind, which is perfect for a stressful work environment. The positive ions emitted from the fountain will certainly have a pleasant effect on everyone in the office space. For a home office, it will ease your client’s minds and give you a clear head to work with. Besides, fountains add moisture to the air, making it easier to breath in a dry office setting. The addition of a fountain to your work space is a creative way to add positivity, calmness, clean the air, and bring a general sense of happiness to work!
Little to No Maintenance
A small water feature is easy to maintain. Often all that is involved in making sure it is properly filled with water. Water features do help to collect dust, so every once in a while you should wipe it off and clean in out to remove any debris. You may also want to check and clean the pump as well, just to keep everything running efficiently so the fountain will last for a very long time!
A Variety of Materials
Water features come in many shapes and materials. Whether you choose a stunning cast stone tabletop fountain featuring ornate designs, or a contemporary steel fountain that adds a sleek demeanor to your setting. There are so many designs and colors, that it is quite east to find a style that will both sooth and accentuate your environment!
A water feature has so many wonderful possibilities, and a fountain can go virtually anywhere! Enjoy the beauty and serenity water brings into your home and life, and find your inner sense of zen and calm right away! By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team