A poem by Andrew Marvell describes this type of clock:
How well the skillful gardener drewI would love to be able to see one of these gardens in person.
Of flow'rs and herbs this dial new;
Where from above the milder sun
Does through a fragrant zodiac run;
And, as it works, th' industrious bee
Computes its time as well as we.
How could such sweet and wholesome hours
Be reckoned but with herbs and flow'rs!