The Floral Clock – Edinburgh

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The Floral Clock with Princes Street in the background

This weeks “Flowers in Bloom”post is a day late due to my having been on holiday – I am now back home.

I used to marvel at the Floral Clock in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens as a child, so I just HAD to pay a special visit there when I was in Edinburgh last week.

The clock is sited in West Princes Street Gardens as you enter them from the street known as The Mound.  It has been a site of horticultural pilgrimage since its creation in 1903.  Although the mechanism was originally wound by hand, it has been powered by an electric motor since 1973.

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Entrance Steps via The Mound

Two gardeners plant the clock each year with Lobelia, Pyrethrum, Golden Moss, Echevevia, Sedum…

The clock is flanked by several immaculately presented flower beds:

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A neatly tended flower bed flanking the Floral Clock

One gardener maintains this iconic floral display using a ladder to avoid damaging the precious plants.

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The clock is on display from July till October each year.  It is well worth a visit.

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Edinburgh Castle overlooks the famous clock

 

 

 

 

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