Ryde Social Heritage Group research the social history of the citizens of Ryde, Isle of Wight. Documenting their lives, businesses and burial transcriptions.
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Granny Pop out of Bed

Convolvulus or Bindweed

At this time of year the cemetery hedges are full of twisty, twining Bindweed or Convolvulus and the brilliant white, trumpet shaped flowers, are particularly huge the higher up and nearer to the sun they are. Cherry, one of the RSHG transcribers, commented that she knew these flowers as “Granny Pop out of Bed”. Children would recite the rhyme, “Granny, granny, pop out of bed”, and when they squeezed the base of the flower head, the flower would jump off.

cherry & bindweedPhotographs by Dave Bushell