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One of Edinburgh’s most popular tourist attractions, the Floral Clock in West Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland, next to the Mound.

Commissioned on the 10th June, 1903, this is the oldest floral clock in the world. It is seasonally replanted in a topical design with around 35,000 colourful plants to commemorate special occassions. This year the design commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Territorial Army.

The clock is 3.5m (12 feet) in diameter and the hands, which are driven by an electric motor, weigh more than 60kg (130 lbs). The electrically-driven mechanism replaced a clock-work motor in 1973, which had required to be wound daily.

There is also a cuckoo which calls each hour.

Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix.


Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh and Lowland Scotland or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 6 years ago

    There’s also one in Broughton Tom; perhaps not as grand but just as impressive. Colourful shot.
    Wouldn’t fit beside my bed though. Well composed & exposed Tom.

  • Andrew Ness -
    Andrew Ness - ...over 6 years ago

    Good to see they’ve redone it again, was looking tatty for while!……..great pic with vibrant colours.

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    just incredible—fantasic capture!

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 6 years ago

    thats amazing,,,,,,,great gardener

  • Dave Law
    Dave Lawover 6 years ago

    Wonderful image Tom

  • Kevin Meldrum
    Kevin Meldrumover 6 years ago

    love the way you have captured this tom, amazing show of colors

  • Mayina
    Mayinaover 6 years ago


  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyover 6 years ago

    Fanatastic image and the history.. Would love to hear the cuckoo .

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 6 years ago

    My goodness what a lot of work has gone into the planting! Fabulous tribute!

  • Kristina K
    Kristina Kover 6 years ago

    we have a floral clock here in melbourne victoria australia, it can also be very pretty.
    this one is lovely thanks for sharing it with us, :) k

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