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Edition 12.02 Yamagami's Garden Center January 12, 2012

Featured Quote:

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

Yamagami's is Certified Green!

Yamagami's Nursery is proud to announce that we are now a Cupertino Certified Green Business. We earned our certificate by increasing our reusing and recycling efforts and other conservation methods.

You'll see composting bins in the nursery, and the office now uses mostly recycled paper products. Brittany Lambert headed up our efforts and is shown proudly displaying our certificate.

As a Certified Green Business itself, the City of Cupertino is both an ally and a collaborator of businesses interested in advancing principles, policies, and practices that improve the quality of life for your customers and employees, our community, and ultimately the planet!

To learn more abut the program see

Chinese New Year, 4709

Enter the Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year starts January 23rd. It is a Year of the Dragon (water). All legendary stories about Chinese dragons say they are from the sky, which means heaven in China. The Dragon is one of most auspicious animals in China. People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics: innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, and quick-tempered. The Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac .

Fruit and flowers are an important part of the Chinese New Year celebration, especially citrus, whose gold color represents prosperity. Come to Yamagami's for Kumquats, Yuzu, and Mandarin Oranges. While here, you will also find many other Asian fruits, including Peento Peach (Donut), Chinese Dates (Jujube), and Asian Pears.

Celebrate the Year of the Dragon by planting something special in your garden!

For Special Savings on select Chinese New Year's Plants, look for coupons on Jan. 14th, 15th, and 18th in The World Journal or in the San Jose Mercury News on Jan. 12th or 14th.

Paper-Potted Fruit Trees Have Arrived!

Paper-potted fruit trees are here (most of them, at least). Time to choose yours! This year's selection includes old favorites and rising stars. Yamagami's offers FREE Planting Guides, Backyard Orchard Guide and a Fruit Tree Care Calendar to help guarantee your success. Not ready to plant yet? No problem! These trees can wait happily in their biodegradable paper pots for months even, until you are ready to plant.

'Braeburn' Apple is a rising star. Every year more people are discovering how crisp and tangy it is. More and more local growers are bringing Braeburn Apples to the local Farmer's Markets and creating new fans. It is from New Zealand, is self-pollinating, and keeps well. Its firm texture makes it ideal for baking as well as for eating fresh.

Another increasingly popular choice is 'Flavor Delight' Aprium. While it closely resembles its apricot parent in appearance, its flavor and texture are an interesting blend of both its apricot and its plum parent. This is a great fruit for the home garden, especially if you have had problems in the past growing apricots, as 'Flavor Delight' Aprium is more disease resistant.

'SpiceZee' Nectaplum is another interesting cross combining the sweetness of a nectarine with the sturdiness of a plum. Not only does it produce delicious fruit, it also is a beautiful tree, worthy of any garden. It blooms profusely in spring, followed by red foliage which turns a bronzy red in summer as its sweet and juicy fruit ripens.

These are just three of the newly-arrived taste treats. More will be arriving, including some fancy espaliers, some organic heirloom apples, and, by popular demand, quince! Check our Edible selection often for unexpected treasures. Let us know if there is anything you'd like, and we'll be happy to search for it for you. We want you to have the garden of eatin' you've dreamed of growing!

Ruben's Winter Garden Picks:

Ornamental Cabbage and Kale

Looking for a winter garden pick-me-up? Consider the very showy ornamental cabbages and kales. Because it is their foliage that is the show, they are in constant color, no deadheading required. Their jade green, ivory and/or purple foliage can be solid or finely cut. You can plant them in borders, beds or containers for great contrast with other sun-loving color.

Fairy Primrose

Fairy Primrose (Primula malacoides) are much daintier than their bold English cousins. They offer cut and curled foliage topped with clusters of rose, pink, lavender or white flowers on slender stems. They are long-blooming and quite tidy in appearance. They prefer morning sun and afternoon shade.

Come check out our newly restocked bedding color section for more ideas. Ruben does his best to keep it full of interesting choices!

Coming Events

January 14th is the California Rare Fruit Grower's Annual Scion Exchange at Prusch Park from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Chinese New Year starts January 23rd.
Decorate with Winter Citrus including Kumquats and Mandarin Oranges.

A Day for Birds and Bees
Learn about Mason Bees. Hardier than honeybees, Mason bees do not sting and do not live in hives. Learn how to encourage them to live in your garden.
Saturday, February 18th at 10 AM. FREE!
At 11 AM Renee Shepherd
will present the collections of seeds for Birds and for Bees from Renee's Garden Seed. All have been test grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains, so you know they'll thrive here.
At 12 Noon
David Perkins talks about Garden Pest Control that is safest for Birds and Bees (and you!).

Sun., February 19th 11 AM to 2 PM

FREE Citrus Tasting. Come taste winter's gold and discover new favorites.

Valentine's Day is February 14th.

Give that someone special something special for the garden!

2012 Winter Classes

Classes are outdoors in a covered area. Dress warmly and bring a cushion for your chair. Fee is $20, which is returned as credit on merchandise. Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested as many classes sell out. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Classes last between 1 and 2 hours.

Winter Fruit Tree Care with Bradley Strawhorn. Class covers pruning, dormant sprays and general care. See fee information above.

Sat., Jan. 7th at 10 AM, Sat., Jan. 21st at 10 AM or Sat., Feb. 25th at 10 AM.

Apple Grafting class with Bradley Strawhorn. Learn the basics of grafting fruit trees. Grafting tools and supplies will be available for purchase. See fee info above.

Sat., Jan. 21st at 2 PM.

Winter Rose Care with Lorena Gorsche. Class covers pruning, disease and pest prevention, and general care. Also covered - Hydrangea pruning ! See fee information above.

Sun,. January 8th at 11 AM and Sun, January 29th at 11 AM.

Winter Pruning 101 with Alan Tagami, Landscape Consultant. Learn what, how, and how much to prune in winter. See fee information above.

Sun., Jan. 15th at 11 AM or Sat., Jan. 28th at 10 AM.

Edible Ornamentals with Nancy Garrison. Learn how to incorporate edibles into any size garden.

Sun., Jan 22nd at 11 AM. FREE

Super Bowl Planting Classes led by Ms. Green Jeans and Dianne Jensen. Fee is $25, which includes everything you'll need to create your own masterpiece. Class is limited to 12 participants, so make your paid reservations right away! A great gift idea!

Sat., Feb. 4th at 10 AM and Sun., Feb. 5th at 11 AM.

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Alan Tagami, Landscape Consultant. Learn how to bring out the natural beauty in your maples. See fee information above.

Sat., Feb. 11th at 10 AM, Sun., Feb. 12th at 11 AM, or Sun., Feb. 26th at 11 AM.

Ongoing Events

Friday mornings, 11 AM to 1 PM

Dianne demonstrates planting colorful container gardens and salad bowls. She can guide you through creating your own masterpiece at the same time! FREE!

Recipe of the Week: Cream of Turkey Soup

What You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1-3/4 cups finely sliced leeks or 10 green onions with tops, finely sliced
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 4 cups low-fat milk
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups finely chopped cooked turkey (or chicken)
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

Step by Step:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over moderate heat. Add leek (or onions) and cook until tender.

Stir in the broth, half and half, salt, pepper and nutmeg.

In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and flour.

Stir into the mixture in the saucepan.

Cook, stirring constantly, for 20 minutes or until slightly thickened and bubbly.

Stir in the chicken.

Cook uncovered for 15 minutes or until heated through.

Top with toasted sliced almonds if desired.

Yield: 8 servings


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Since 1948, Yamagami's Nursery has been committed to the promotion of beauty and the plants, products and friendly, professional support needed to attain and maintain that Beauty. In my parents' footsteps (and Taro Yamagami's before them), I promise to continue that tradition. I invite you to visit us in the nursery and on our website, for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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