DH and I have debated putting a fountain in the backyard. But each time we almost cave to the longing us desert-dwellers have for the presence of water in our landscape, we balk at the problem of maintenance. We have a high mineral content that comes from our garden hoses, which means calcium deposits collect quickly and pose a real maintenance problem.
One effect we’ve already felt is the clogging of many of our drip-emitters. This has been a real frustration this season when it becomes clear my plants aren’t getting the water they need. Until we get it sorted, I’ve resorted to hand-watering several of the plants.
So, no, we don’t have a fountain in our backyard, but oh, do I long for one. Especially when I went hunting for photos of fountains and found several that I thought were clever and unique and would work very well in my backyard. For the present, it’s still a ‘no’, but who knows? Once I get the garden in better shape and figure out what kind of border to use for my flower beds, maybe I’ll do some research on how-to-maintain fountains that might encourage me to take the plunge, pun intended.
The nature of fountains didn’t lend itself to a list of Funfacts, but I did discover some unique facts about a few cities and their fountains.
• The Romans pioneered water fountains. The use of water fountains dates back to 2000 BC, but these were archaic designs at best. Fountains improved dramatically when the Roman Empire came along and made use of unique pressurized systems sustained by gravity. (source)
• Kansas City has over 200 amazing fountains and is known as ‘the city of fountains’. Fountain Day in April is the moment all the fountains are turned on for the season. (source)
• The Dubai Fountain is one of tallest fountains in the world. It uses pressurized jets and shoots water 500 feet into the air. (source)
• The Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas, Nevada are famous. Set in a man-made lake in front of the hotel, the fountains are choreographed and set to music and light. (source)
• The Trevi Fountain in Rome is one of the most famous fountains in the world. It’s over 86 feet high and 160-plus-feet wide. Baroque in design, it was built between 1732 and 1762. It was featured in the movie, Three Coins in a Fountain. (source)
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