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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Plants & Flowers

With the arrival of Autumn there is an abundance of cyclamen forming carpets across the churchyard of Holy Cross in Binstead. The cyclamen (family Primulaceae) is a hardy little plant that will bloom from now all through the winter, then become dormant again in the spring and summer. It seems to favour growing next to

The spring, almost summer weather we experienced in February 2019 was amazing. Temperatures stayed for days in the high teens and in full sun it felt more like early 20s. The primroses and daffodils were in bloom at the start of the month and the crocus seemed to go completely mad! There was a particularly

There is a chill in the air when the sun goes down and the evenings draw in earlier, reminding us it is the end of summer

The cemetery is a lovely place to walk in Summer, it is peaceful and there are many birds, insects and plants to see.

The fine weather has given an opportunity to enjoy a walk in Ryde Cemetery, and at every turn there is an abundance of spring flowers.

And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

Hypericum perforatum, also known as St John's Wort, is a flowering plant species of the genus Hypericum and a medicinal herb that is sold over-the-counter as a treatment for depression.

At the entrance to the Cemetery Lodge there is a beautiful display of Michaelmas daisies. These flowers belong to the aster family and aster comes from the Ancient Greek word meaning star, referring to the shape of the flower head.