2.03.2009

Greenhouse Treasure

As some of you already know, I live in a small Texas Town called Seymour. Our family moved here about 6 years ago. After we moved here I discovered a treasure in Seymour. I found the Feed And Seed Barn. This store sells feed, seed, Garden chemicals, organic garden supplies, Gifts, vet supplies, and even has a greenhouse. If that isn't enough James also sells fresh free range eggs & offers landscaping services. Why is it a treasure? I have shopped many greenhouses all over the state of Texas & I found in this one greenhouse the majority of dream plants that I had searched to buy for years. I absolutely love shopping at this business. It is owned by a man named James & he is a virtual treasure chest of knowledge about his products and the plants he sells. This greenhouse isn't the kind of place where you see rows and rows of mostly petunias (although there are some there). This greenhouse is dedicated to mostly perennials. There are perennials in every nook and cranny as well as herbs, vegetables, annuals, biannuals, and even a few shrubs. If there is something you really desire just let James know & he will see if he can find it.



As one of his services James builds ponds both above ground or below ground. He maintains a beautiful above ground pond in his greenhouse. There is also a fish truck that stops by every now and then if you need fish for your pond.

James sells many gift items in his store as well as many, many plants.


James has an awesome ability to plant items that others would never think of & turn junk into a beautiful treasure. His plantings are bright, beautiful, & unique.

Outside the store James maintains many beautiful display beds. They are constantly changing for the seasons & they are always bright with an explosion of color and texture.

I love how his beds are always full & abundant looking.

The amazing thing is that he doesn't really draw out a plan. He just always seems to arrive at beauty. I think it is an amazing gift that he has. Many times I have rushed to buy certain plants so that I can make a pot or a bed with just those textures & colors that I saw at his store.
There are some old buildings on his property that most others would tear down, but James turns them into charming art.

I never get tired of coming here & just walking around the beds. They are always a surprise because James loves to change them up as the seasons roll around.
James uses color & texture of plants much like an artist with a paintbrush. One of my favorite things about his beds is that you never know what you will find in them because he also uses items in his bed that many others would haul to the dump.
This wire fencing will soon be covered by flowering vines & gorgeous with color.
Everywhere that I look there is beauty.
This is a garlic plant that has grown into quite a beauty.
Even the way James places his rocks really contributes to the beauty of these beds.
Sadly the building with the Redchain Seed sign on it burned down a short time after these pictures were taken.
James recovered & replanted his beds & they look better than ever now. He even came up with an idea to use those pesky wooden pallets that his feed & seed comes on. He had a huge stack of them. I will do another post to show you this cool idea after James gets his beds ready for Spring.
James likes to use farm implements & parts out in his beds. They give them such a unique quality & he is so good at finding the perfect way to put them into his beds.

These pictures are on the west side of his building & it gets really really hot on this side yet, you would never know it by the verdant abundance of his beds.
These pictures were taken right after a big rain last spring.
This is a newly planted bed that really looked amazing when it was full grown.
All these newly planted beds will grow into abundant color & texture treats for the eyes. James plants many of the beds & Large Planters all around town.

If you are ever close to Seymour I would definitely recommend that you stop by The Feed & Seed Barn to check out what James has in stock. I especially love shopping there around Mother's Day because that is when James has his store full of unique vintage items planted with beautiful flowers. Of course I shop there every time I get a chance because there is always something new coming in.
In addition to the wonderful plants, fresh eggs, garden chemicals, garden supplies, organic gardening supplies, & gifts; you can also purchase many vet supplies, feed for your animals, seed for crops and much much more. You can find the Feed & Seed Barn at 106 W. Nevada Street just off of Washington Street in Seymour, Texas 76380, They open Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 5:30 pm. They close for the noon hour. And they open on Saturdays 8 am to Noon. Phone: 940-888-5629, E-mail: feedseedbarn@aol.com You can also see James at his new blog by clicking on the name of his store Feed and Seed Barn

When you visit tell James that Debbie sent you!

Debbie



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16 comments:

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What a great post, and a wonderful neighbourhood place to shop. I loved the photos, and the post.

Who knows, maybe one day we will make it to Texas. But right now, it is a little far away from us.

Jen

Rosehaven Cottage said...

I would be in heaven perusing James' place. WOW! And you've given me some great ideas. I have an old defunct wheelbarrow that I'm going to play with now thanks to your post. ~~Cindy

Titania said...

A very personal shop. Who wouldn't like to shop in place like this. with your merchandise you also get great ideas. I love it how he preserves the old buildings.

Kerri said...

James sure keeps busy, and he does a beautiful job. He has created a little oasis for the townsfolk to enjoy. I can understand why you enjoy shopping there so much.
Thanks for stopping by and saying hello.
I'm smiling about your longing for snow as we're surrounded by it up here. It's too bad we can't share some :) Your last year's snow photos are beautiful, and I enjoyed seeing your cats and ducks. You have a cozy haven for the birds and animals.
Glad you enjoyed the bird photos. They keep us well entertained...as do our 12 barn kitties, and 2 in the house.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I like James already, can you send him here to dig a pond for me?! Perhaps he does mail orders for his seeds, and gives recommendations and consults over the phone?! Of course I'm kidding, but he, and his store sound terrific. I would love to drop in there sometime, but alas, Texas is too far away right now!
You took some great photos too!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

Wow that place looks great. I would have a hard time resisting walking through there too.
Thanks for following my blog. I'm even more happy because now I've found yours.

Rob (ourfrenchgarden) said...

I love the fact you are supporting an independent local business!

You always get so much more in terms of advice and good old fashioned service than at a large faceless chain.

Rob

texasdaisey said...

For anyone interested in mail order I am sure we could work something out with James. He spoke to me about possibly getting a web page up & going for his shop. Watch for info.
Debbie

Domestic Executive said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love all your photographs of your garden. I'm a total novice when it comes to gardening but enjoying the learning.

JT (aka Domestic Executive)

THE HOME THAT LOVE BUILT said...

Beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing them!
Very inspiring.

Blessings,
Brook

Susan said...

How lucky you are to have such a wonderful store in your midst. By expressing his true self in doing what he loves, James is making the world a more beautiful place. Thank God for James! Please, do keep us posted with photos of his lovely beds.

Meadowview Thymes said...

I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this post! This is definitely my kind of place! I would make the drive to come here. You are really lucky to have such a gem close to you. Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Debbie, wonderful post with great reading. James is a true artist with the flowers. It's a pity you are so far away...Thank you for your nice comment on my blog Tyra's Garden.
I would like to give you a piece of advice and I hope you don't mind me saying this. Would you consider changing the color on the text, it is too hard to read. I think your readers will be so happy. I do have 20/20 vision but it's still hard to read. Love your blog and will be back soon.

Take Care/ Tyra

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Hi Debbie, yes now with the black background it is very easy to read.

I wish you a lovely Sunday/ Tyra

DirtDigger (Tessa) said...

Boy! I would love to visit! Are you anywhere near Plano? I come every year to visit my sister. (probably not this one though- too much growing in the greenhouse to leave it to my group to tend to :)

Anonymous said...

A note to the husbands...If your wife is reading this blog this is a great place to get your wifes anniversary, birthday or get out of the dog house gift. Just go get James who is the owner and tell him what your are there for then wait about 10 minutes. When he returns joyfully surrender your credit card then assist him in loading up your pick up bed to the brim with colorful flowery things. Drive home quickly and carefully, not to lose anything. Pull into the drive with your truck horn blairing and when she walks out to see what all the noise is about you become a rock star in your wife's garden world. And the benefit are way better than the reward points from your credit card...LOL...Debbie's husband