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Floral Clock

West Princes Street Gardens

 Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1

George Smith

British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George Smith who wrote:

Floral Clock

   Postcard by Valentine -  Floral Clock in Princes Street Gardens  -  possibly 1910

"I remember well being  taken as a child to see the Floral Clock as if it were some rite of  passage.

I did not know it changed over the years and tended to pass  it by on a 'seen it before, got the T shirt' basis."

George Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada: October 24, 2006

 

 Recollections

2

David Webster

Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Thank you to to Davie Webster who wrote:

Lin Brydie

"One of the gardeners who, for many years, had responsibility for planting out the clock on an individual plant by plant basis was a gentleman called Lindsay Brydie (known as Lin).

Lin came from the village of Strathkinness, just outside St Andrews in Fife.  For many years, with one of his brothers he ran a market gardeners in Strathkinness and St Andrews.

He was privileged to supply the Schools of St Leonard's and West Park - and also Miss Harleys, the confectioners in South Street, St Andrews.  This was a real feather in ones cap in those days."

Move to Edinburgh

"Lin also had another interest in his life - a long long courtship of some 40+ years  with an Edinburgh lady, my late aunt who died this year at the grand old age 98

He eventually moved to Edinburgh, married my aunt, and joined the Edinburgh Corporation Parks Department as it was known then.

Lin was for many years one of the principal gardeners responsible for the painstaking job of working on the clock.  I can recall him lying on long extended ladders supported at either end on seed boxes.  He lay face-down for long periods of time, planting out the variety and very large number of flowers, and sometimes vegetables, for colour - e.g. beetroot."

Here is a photo of one of the workers on the ladder, taken in October 2003, as the winter floral clock was being planted.

Winter Floral Clock being created in Princes Street Gardens at the foot of The Mound.

Planting the Clock

"Setting out the clock on the bare ground always seemed to be a worry so that, when planted, the geometry of the layout, circles and squares, were eye sweet and they were where they should be on the clock face etc.

I can also recall his stories about having to work closely with the clockmaker's personnel (Ritchie's of Edinburgh) because, as you know, the hands of the clock had many, many flowers embedded on them.

I don't know if everyone would appreciate that the clock went through a daily manicure (at the time I am talking about). Everything was trimmed, cut with small scissors, and then watered each morning before the Princess Street Garden gates were opened to the public."

Annual Design

"The floral clock was always one of Edinburgh's most photographed sites.  Many Calendars never went out without having a picture of the floral clock. 

The  annual design theme for the clock was always an item of high interest."

David Webster, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

 

 Recollections

3

Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to to Danny Callaghan who wrote:

Cuckoo

"I remember going to see the floral clock on many an occasion. 

No one has mentioned the cuckoo which had its house next to the Allan Ramsay statue.     It came out on the hour and cuckooed for each hour.  

Large crowds would gather to see this.   The simple delights before iPods and Playstations, etc."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  November 26, 2009

Cuckoo

The cuckoo is still beside the floral clock.  I believe that it comes out every quarter-hour.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 29, 2009

 

 

Floral Clock

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Recollections

Floral Clock

Winter

Floral Clock

Each Year

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks