PHOTOS – Edinburgh’s Floral Clock 2017

The 2017 Floral Clock

The 2017 Floral Clock

Floral clock fact file

The floral clock was first created in 1903 by the Edinburgh Parks Superintendent, John McHattie. The clock takes two gardeners five weeks to produce, and is trimmed, weeded and watered by one gardener for the rest of the season.

The clock flowers from July until October.

Until 1972 the clock was operated mechanically, and had to be wound daily. From 1973 it was electrically driven.

The minute and hour hands measure approximately 2.4m and 1.5m respectively and when filled with plants, the large hand weighs approximately 36kg while the small weighs 22.7kg.

The clock itself is 3.6m wide, with a circumference of 11m.

Plants vary each year but some of the more commonly used varieties include Lobelia, Pyrethrum, Golden Moss and succulents such as Echeveria and Sedum.

200 years of The Scotsman newspaper

200 years of The Scotsman newspaper

Location

The Floral Clock is located in West Princes Street Gardens next to The Mound entrance.

Photos of the 2016 Floral Clock

Photos of the 2015 Floral Clock

Photos of the 2014 Floral Clock

 

In progress photos.

Tam finishing the clock

Tam finishing the clock

Trimming the clock 27th June

Trimming the clock 27th June

21st June

21st June

June 13th

June 13th

June 13th

June 13th

Planting the plants in the clock, June 7th 2017

Planting the plants in the clock, June 7th 2017

7th June

7th June

The Floral Clock on 26th May

The Floral Clock on 26th May

17th May 2017

9th May 2017

9th May 2017

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