Friday, 8 February 2013

Chinese New Year / Feng Shui

The Chinese New Year on the 10th February will be the year of the snake. The Chinese will buy presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is also traditional for every family to clean the house in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red banners wishing good fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity. Much feasting will take place with families getting together to celebrate ending the night with firecrackers. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.
So, with a Chinese theme in mind we are taking a look at Feng Shui in the garden. We could have gone down the snake path (but as one who would concrete over the entire garden if one encountered a snake – deep fear and revulsion I’m afraid- I know they are perfectly harmless and good for the garden but no amount of persuasion would effect relaxation if a snake made an appearance) so for those who would prefer the snake option we refer you to the following link:

Meanwhile, back to Feng Shui……..
Chinese Feng Shui is both a science and philosophy, created to understand the harmony of nature and the natural world.
Applied to landscaping ideas or small garden design, Feng Shui offers a unique method of creating peaceful outdoor areas and proper arrangement of garden sculptures, objects and plants to attract abundance and wealth.

The theory of Chinese Feng Shui in design is that your personal spaces should work for you, providing relaxation and should bring comfort, peace and joy into your life. Design is an important element that protects the house and occupants and attracts wealth whilst being relaxing and pleasing to the eyes, radiating positive energy.

Good Feng Shui in the garden means a dynamic harmony of sounds, colours, images and movements using the 5 natural elements.  And what better way to bring good energy than with beautiful garden sculptures – especially those using the Earth element which is represented by soil, rock and stone.

Our favourite way to add the Earth element to a garden is with stone balls.  The round shape of the garden ball provides the Feng Shui energy of completion, while the surface colour and texture bring additional elements for each area of your garden. The sphere shape in Feng Shui reduces negative energy and helps in the flow of energy around the garden. All good stuff.

                       Stoneballs Company wish you all a Happy Chinese New Year 2013