I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
A Texas Site of Interest
If you are anticipating looking at women's old-fashioned underpinnings or underwear, then you might wish to direct your attention elsewhere. Martha's Bloomers in Navasota, Texas, is anything but that!
Thanks to my Houston friend Lisa, we visited Martha's Bloomers recently and had the most delightful day. She had spotted this unique place and researched it on the Internet, which piqued her interest even more (out of the many other interesting Texas sites from which to choose).
Leaving the western part of Houston, we took highway 290 heading east, and then headed north on Highway 6. It was not long before we enjoyed bucolic settings consisting of rolling hills, cows in pastures, occasional ponds of water, and other sites common to the countryside in this part of Texas.
"The World's Largest Teapot"
The address of Martha's Bloomers is P.O. Box 999, 8101 Hwy 6 Bypass, Navasota, TX 77868. While this gives you a mailing address, the directions on how to find this wonderful place consists of the following:
If coming from the Houston area as we did, while heading north on Highway 6, do not exit business 6 into Navasota but continue to follow Highway 6 past Highway 90 (and a current McDonald's sign). The site will be approximately ½ mile ahead on your right.
Look for the giant teakettle and Martha's Bloomers sign. Reputed to be "The World's Largest Teapot," the teapot sits out in a field and is eye-catching!
The Destination Site
The parking lot in front of Martha's Bloomers accommodates not only private vehicles but also vans and buses. This site is a destination point for many people!
It was a hot spring day that felt more like summer when we visited this destination. Thus, we toured the entire space seeing the wonders of how they had landscaped the exterior but also being able to duck into the air-conditioned interiors as we were inclined to do to maintain our comfort levels. The pictures in this post will reflect our venturing in and out of these intriguing spaces.
Cats Galore and a Bird
The logo contains a cat on a fence, and visitors see numerous cats at Martha's Bloomers. Several of these pampered pets roam the grounds freely.
The day we were there, an amiable grey cat was on the check-out counter. He got the desired stroking and petting he regularly gets from cat lovers. After receiving appropriate attention from us, I captured a picture of him trying to nap on the counter.
A caged bird adds to the ambiance inside the store and the noise level when he tries to "chat" with the store's browsers, who are looking at the many inviting treasures.
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Home and Garden Store
Theoretically, Martha's Bloomers is in the category of a home and garden store. But it offers so much more of an experience than one would find in other garden centers.
Rusted artifacts to plants to water elements and more offers something to capture almost everybody's interest. From water fountains to meandering creeks with goldfish and water lilies in bloom (at the time of our visit), the exterior of this garden supply store offers so much in the way of inspiration as to what might be accomplished in one's home garden if one likes what is on view here.
Trees, shrubs, vines, flowering plants, and more are for sale here. One of the pictures below shows the sign directing people to where they have trees for sale. The Cattle Guard Crossing sign is a creative application as the shade of the overhead trellised walkway is an impression of what a cattle guard crossing would primarily look like to a roaming cow on the loose.
My pictures also show some displays of plants for sale and a slumbering cat taking a respite under cover of some vegetation and metal pieces that are all for sale.
Splashing Water Sounds
Numerous water fountains bubbling up from the insides of large ceramic pots with the water flowing down the edges into large pebbles below, along with other water features spread throughout this lovely nursery/garden setting, offers soothing sounds as one meanders the grounds.
Café M. Bloomers
Lisa and I had planned to have lunch at the cafe, which is on the grounds of Martha's Bloomers. Innovative menu offerings range from homemade soups and salads to sandwiches and wraps, specials of the day, and desserts.
Lisa chose a quiche special. I picked a "Lantana Wrap" consisting of grilled chicken, Monterey jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and avocado wrapped in a sun-dried tomato tortilla. Each of us also received our choice of an accompanying cup of homemade soup or salad. My portion was huge, and the half portion that I brought homemade another meal.
Pricing is reasonable, with most menu offerings in the $5.95 to $9.95 range. People can hold special events in this lovely setting, and I imagine many people take advantage of it.
Café M. Bloomers offers lunches on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 AM until 3 PM, with desserts and tea until closing at 4 PM.
Unique Items for Sale
Everywhere one looks, one can find unique items incorporated into the landscape, almost all of which are for sale. Some of the garden décor items are old rusted items that have new life as an art form. From old chicken coops to old doors with peeling paint to Texana handcrafted items and more, one can gaze in almost any direction to see both new and old things utilized in fun and artistic ways.
One of the shops contained an assortment of jewelry, which was inspired by places worldwide. Everything from hand-blown glass pendants to turquoise and other jewel-embellished crosses to airy mesh-designed flower pins and more is on view and for sale.
'giggles for you'
A cute little store in Martha's Bloomer's complex, 'giggles for you,' offers items of every sort and fashion having to do with pets.
These cute and very playful kittens were inside the shop. Meeting the owner, Sabrina Mayfield, and her dog, which accompanied her that day, was a distinct pleasure. She invites teachers to take advantage of her traveling "show," with many of her basset hounds being a part of the action. She concentrates on teaching good values concerning animals and life in general.
Sabrina finds delight in all the animals in her life, ranging from all varieties of rescued dogs to cats to birds to a horse and even a pet goat, and her enthusiasm for life with "giggles" is contagious. If you are an animal lover, be sure and check out her animal-friendly environs while at Martha's Bloomers.
Much to See and Do
These last pictures were taken in front of Martha's Bloomers as viewed from the parking lot. There were stacks of mulch bags surrounding what appeared to me to be an old water tower made of brick with wood on the top.
As one would see at a large home and garden store, carts transport items to people's vehicles. People with shopping bags were transporting smaller treasures that could have come from the gourmet shop inside, carrying things like unique coffees and teas to cookbooks, spice items, and even tea sets.
There is so much to look at that one visit cannot capture all the impressions found here. These pictures included in this post are merely an introduction to what you might be able to see if and when you visit this charming place in person someday. When considering Texas sites to visit, you might enjoy spending some time at Martha's Bloomers!
Location of Martha's Bloomers
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© 2010 Peggy Woods