Getting creative with plants



One good thing about my job is that I get to go to some cool places and meet interesting people. This week, I visited a woman in Hopkinton RI who has realized her dream of opening a restaurant. That’s it in the photo. She named it “Back in Thyme.”

She is also a a plantswoman and an accomplished garden designer, so of course, she has applied her good taste to decorating the small building where she opened her cafe.

IMG_3168This is one side of the wraparound porch. When it’s warm, you can hang out here and watch the world go by. In the 1920s, when this building was constructed, people did that. They sat and talked and gazed out at their neighborhoods. Sigh.

Notice the lovely containers, housing plants of various kinds – low-growing mostly.


IMG_3171Here’s the other side of that porch. I love the color she chose for the walls.

IMG_3175Inside, there’s a table with, among other things, this moss garden.

IMG_3174Also on the table, bok choy that she cut and plopped in a dish of water where it’s growing quite happily. Whenever she needs some leaves for a soup garnish she just snips them off.


Looking out through one of the windows, I saw more bok choy growing. In front of the yellow can on the right and barely visible, there’s a beet growing greens the same way. Creative, fun and useful, no? I can’t wait to see what she does next summer.


About dirtynailz

Writer for a daily newspaper, gardener, tree hugger, orchid-grower, photographer, animal lover, hiker, wilderness seeker. Proponent of clover in the lawn and a dog on the bed.
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14 Responses to Getting creative with plants

  1. Anubis Bard says:

    Wow, that looks great. Is that the building that used to house the ice cream parlor? I’ll have to check it out.


  2. CJ Wright says:

    What a charming place. Was the food good?


  3. Lazygardener says:

    Menu, please !!


    • dirtynailz says:

      Squash soup, ginger chicken soup, various sandwiches, pesto and herb pasta, fresh-picked herbal yeas, cabbage apple slaw…..


  4. What a lovely and charming place! I bet her menu is interesting, too.


  5. Hi..I must say this was a delightful trip down memory lane of old…wish life was as n those times…life was a simple,,,tough,,,,,,enjoy your friends time it is nice to see a place open up like this one..hope it is successful… chats around he porch…lessons from our very own Dr. Kathy would be a nice addition….herb doc has lots of good info for sure.


  6. Delightful in every way.


  7. Diana Studer says:

    also rather taken with the colour she choose for the walls. I’m thinking of sea greens and teal blues.


    • dirtynailz says:

      The owner has a definitely flare and innate sense of style. She would be successful as a floral designer, I think – with the emphasis on dish gardens and terrariums.


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