The Floral Clock – Edinburgh


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.


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:


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.


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


Edinburgh Castle overlooks the famous clock






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