“Corpse” flower fails to bloom


STAFF at Edinburgh’s world-famous Royal Botanic Garden are red-faced after the horticultural event of the decade fell flat.

The institution has been waiting eight years for its giant “corpse flower” to bloom and confidently predicted the event would happen this summer — the first time ever in Scotland.

So sure were staff, they printed T-shirts, set up a webcam, and even prepared to borrow a thermal imaging camera from the local fire brigade to monitor the flower at night.

But fickle Mother Nature had other ideas and all the 154kg monster produced – was a giant, spindly leaf.