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Visit Martha's Bloomers Home, Garden, and More Store in Navasota, Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Cascading water at the entrance to Martha's Bloomers in Navasota, Texas

Cascading water at the entrance to Martha's Bloomers in Navasota, Texas

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.

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.

Many water features on display

Many water features on display

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.

Courtyard and sign pointing the way to the cafe.

Courtyard and sign pointing the way to the cafe.

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.

Playful kittens inside of 'giggles for you'

Playful kittens inside of 'giggles for you'

'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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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2010:

Hi Billy,

Yes, Martha's Bloomers definitely can add some interesting old Western artifacts or even newly created ones to a home garden landscape if desired. Fun place to visit if ever in the Navasota area of Texas!

billyaustindillon on August 09, 2010:

Looks like a real collectors paradise - love all the old Western artifacts make for great talking points also.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 08, 2010:

Greetings Springboard,

Yes, Martha's Bloomers is just that...a destination place especially for those of us who have to travel a bit to get there. We surely enjoyed it and hope that you do also if you visit. Thanks for the comment.

Springboard from Wisconsin on June 08, 2010:

Wow, what a cool place this would be to visit. At first I thought it kind of reminded me of a Stein's Garden and Gifts store, but reading and looking on, I quickly realized this was very much more than that. Not just a store or a few shops, but a destination.

If I'm ever that way, this would be a place to stop by for sure. Great stuff.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 06, 2010:

Hi jill of alltrades,

Yes...Martha's Bloomers offers flowers and more. Glad you liked touring this fun place via the pictures that I took while enjoying part of a day there with a good friend. Thanks for the comment.

jill of alltrades from Philippines on June 06, 2010:

What an interesting and beautiful place! There is so much to explore here.

When I saw your title, I thought it is about flowers in bloom. Well, there are indeed flowers but as you showed us, there are more things around.

I enjoyed exploring with you Peggy!

Thank you very much for sharing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 05, 2010:

Hello epigramman,

I'll bet others would like to live at a place as beautiful as Martha's Bloomers also. Who knows...maybe they would like a caretaker? :-) The cat on your avatar would have great company there. Thanks for the comment.

epigramman on June 04, 2010:

you have succeeded with the highest order in making this world a far far more beautiful place to be!

This is a very nice hub to look at - in fact I want to move right in now and live here - rent free - if that's possible!

I will work for my keep (room and board) do the laundry and take out the garbage too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2010:

Hi James,

Yes...Martha's Bloomers is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill garden center. It is a delightful destination if living or visiting in this part of Texas. Thanks for the visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 03, 2010:

Hi billyaustindillon,

Hahaha! So you were afraid of where this title was going to take you? I must admit...I had fun with simply creating this title of "Pictures of Martha's Bloomers" leaving it to the imagination of possible readers. Glad you were brave enough to read! :-)

James A Watkins from Chicago on June 01, 2010:

What an unusual, fun, interesting place. You certainly are a fine photographer. Thank you for this pleasure.

billyaustindillon on June 01, 2010:

Peggy I have never heard of Martha's Bloomers near Houston - it seems quite the place and you have taken some wonderful photos - the wagon wheel and rusted bikes were my favorites. I must admit I was scared to look with the title and all :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 28, 2010:

Hi Mike,

"Quaint and beautiful"...good description of Martha's Bloomers. Digital cameras make picture taking so easy and one can take many pictures and then sort through them to choose the best ones. Glad you liked these.

I think of Kansas and flowing wheat fields...of course there is much more. I'll just bet that you could ferret out some (out of the way) interesting places or interesting stories coming from your "neck of the woods."

Or..........how about a hub about those flowing wheat fields? :-)

Mike Lickteig from Lawrence KS USA on May 27, 2010:

What a beautiful and quaint place to visit. It is easy to see the appeal of this place as a destination. The photos were very nice, as well. You have quite the interesting photo gallery from your day trips around Texas.

I sure wish Kansas had places to see this nice.

Mike

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 27, 2010:

Hello CASE1WORKER,

Happy to hear that you liked the pictures of Martha's Bloomers and that you are having a sunny day today! :-)

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on May 27, 2010:

lovely photos for a sunny day- which we actually have today

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

I like places like Martha's Bloomers also...and thanks to Lisa, I was introduced to this one. Glad you liked this hub and thanks for the comment.

Micky Dee on May 26, 2010:

Great hub! Great pictures again! I love "these kinds of places"! Thank you again Peggy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hello Marijana Reynders,

Have you been to Martha's Bloomers? You describe it well! Thanks for the visit and finding this hub pleasing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi Ethel,

Always a pleasure to see you here. Haha...so the title caught your eye and you thought this would be about "knickers or brad" did you? I did not know a "bllomer" is a large loaf of bread. I am assuming "brad" is also a form of bread? Happy to hear that you liked this hub about Martha's Bloomers, and thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi Hello, hello,

So happy to hear that you liked these pictures and descriptions of Martha's Bloomers. It was my pleasure to take you along on this journey...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Greetings exlunlimit,

What a nice thing to say! Thanks for reading my hubs and leaving a comment. Glad that you liked this one about Martha's Bloomers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi reddog1027,

Very happy to have been able to share Martha's Bloomers with you in pictures. Glad that you liked it! Thanks for commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hello CMHypno,

The lunch WAS fantastic at Martha's Bloomers and while it would be impossible to see each and every spot all around the world personally...hope these pictures gave you some sense of the place. Heading over to see what you have written now... Hubpages is great for expanding our universe! :-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2010:

Hi Tony,

I'll be looking for your hub on Safariland in the future. Glad you liked these pictures and descriptions of Martha's Bloomers. Thanks for the nice comment.

Marijana Reynders on May 26, 2010:

What a fun visit this was through your eyes. All the whimsical artifacts, the serene crosses, the tranquil gardens, the big teapot, the adorable cats (my absolutely soft spot). Thanks Peggy for taking us on this trip with you; much enjoyed.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on May 26, 2010:

I thought either knickers or brad. A bllomer is a large loaf of bread. I love places like that Peggy. What fun

Hello, hello, from London, UK on May 26, 2010:

Thank you, Peggy, for taking me on such a wonderful trip. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it.

exlunlimit on May 26, 2010:

It's always so interesting to read your hubs. Your great descriptions and pictures make me want to be there.

reddog1027 from Atlanta, GA on May 26, 2010:

Thanks Peggy for letting me go with you and Lisa to Martha's Bloomers. I love hubs that take me to unique and interesting places that I might not get to otherwise.

CMHypno from Other Side of the Sun on May 26, 2010:

Interesting place to shop, and your lunch sounded fantastic. So much of the world still to see!

Tony McGregor from South Africa on May 26, 2010:

This looks like such a wonderful place. In fact here in Pretoria we have a somewhat similar place called Safariland and now you've given me another idea for a Hub - I'll do one on Safariland.

Peggy - you are becoming something of a muse for me! Thank you so much.

Love and peace

Tony

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2010:

Hello prasetio30,

No reason that you would have heard of Martha's Bloomers in your part of the world as it is only in one location in Navasota, Texas. But happy to hear that you enjoyed seeing the pictures and hearing about it in any case. Thanks for the nice comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 25, 2010:

Good information from you. I ever knew about this before. But this is totally great, especially I enjoy with all the pictures. Thumbs up for you and good work my friend.

Prasetio

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2010:

Hi dahoglund,

Martha's Bloomers offers many normal gardening supplies plus, plus, PLUS! It was actually listed in the "Southern Living" magazine as one of the top 50 shops according to information on one of their brochures. I can easily understand why! It would be a place that I would frequent for lunches if we lived a bit closer. The food was excellent and I really enjoyed the setting. They also have some more unusual plants for people who enjoy gardening. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 25, 2010:

Hi oscillationatend,

Yes, I had some fun with the title as Martha's Bloomers could have a different meaning. Happy to hear that you caught the humor and liked the pictures and content. Thanks for the first comment.

Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on May 25, 2010:

It looks like a place that I might look around if I were traveling, although I generally don't go to stores unless I'm on a mission to buy something I need.Your pictures do a nice job of enhancing the article.

oscillationatend from a recovering narcissist. on May 25, 2010:

Wow, excellent article. Well written, great first hand original content with the photos, and put together very nicely.

And by the way, I see what you did there in the title... ;)

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