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Edition 12.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 9, 2012
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"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
~ Cora Lea Bell

The Birds and the Bees!

Join us for a day devoted to learning about the birds and the bees. Of course we are talking about attracting and hosting birds and bees in the garden. What else? Set aside Saturday, February 18 th for a fun and informative learning experience. Bring your kids! It's all FREE!

Speaking at 10 AM is Steve Hazzard from Organic Control talking about mason bees. These fascinating creatures are native, non-stinging and do not live in hives. They are effective pollinators for fruit trees and will increase your harvests! Mason bees and their habitats will be for sale. Learn how to make your garden a mason bee resort!

At 11 AM, Renee Shepherd will talk about her seeds for attracting hummingbirds and bees. Renee's Garden Seed offers varieties that are all test grown in the Santa Cruz mountains and will thrive here.

At 12 noon, David Perkins from Our Water, Our World will talk about safest pest control for our birds and bees (and you!). He will also introduce the new and improved IPM website from UC Davis.

At 1 PM, Edward Zawada will talk about honeybees, pollination, and honey production. He'll also host a Honey Tasting!

At 2 PM, a member of the local Audubon Society will talk about our local hummingbirds. Learn fun facts about these winged jewels, as well as how to make your garden irresistible to them. Afterward, Audubon members will be happy to take any bird questions you might have.

Also on hand will be Troy Smotherman of Start Organic to talk with folks interested in starting an organic garden who don't know where to start. Start Organic can get you started or even install one for you!

Doug Wilkins of Annie's Annuals will be here assisting at our display of Annie's plants that are hummingbird and bee magnets.

Most speakers will be here from 10 to 2 PM except the Audubon Society. Come learn about filling your garden with life, color and bountiful harvests.


Say It with a Bleeding Heart!

Looking for a Valentine's Day gift that returns every year? Try a Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis), a sweet shade-garden perennial, as a gift for someone special. This old-fashioned favorite will proclaim your affection every spring with its ferny, icy-green foliage and spikes of dangling heart-shaped pink blossoms. It enjoys the same woodsy conditions favored by most Azaleas, Camellias, and Ferns. The clump can grow to 2 to 3 feet tall and wide with time.

Say it with flowers, like a Bleeding Heart!


Ruben's Picks:

Garden Treasures from Annie's Annuals

Spring-blooming beauties are arriving from Annie's regularly now. For those of you not familiar with Annie's, they grow the less common annuals and perennials that make true garden treasures. Many are old-fashioned favorites not grown by mass marketers. Annie's plants are not sold in bloom because they need to develop fully in your garden for best show. Following are some of Ruben's favorites now in stock.

Annie's grows old-fashioned sweet peas with exceptional old-fashioned fragrance.

'Cupani' Sweet Pea is the oldest (1695) and most fragrant of the sweet peas. Its deep purple flowers are smaller than more modern hybrids, but none are more fragrant. They also bloom longer than any other in the heat.

'Senator' Sweet Pea is another heirloom (1891) with unusually large maroon streaked flowers and a heavenly fragrance.

'Painted Lady' Sweet Pea is an heirloom dating back to the 1700's. It bears cherry pink and white blossoms on long stems, perfect for cutting. Its sweet fragrance has kept it popular for all these years. It self-sows readily.


'Baby Blue Eyes' (Nemophila), is a California Wildflower with sky-blue blossoms covering the low mounding plant.

Its cousins, 'Black Eyes' and 'Baby 5 Spot' are equally charming.

All of them are profuse bloomers whether spilling over containers or snuggling around taller growers.

'Baby Blue Eyes' and 'Baby 5 Spot' grow about 1 foot tall by 1 to 2 feet wide, while 'Baby Black Eyes' stays under a foot tall and wide.



Check our Annie's table often for more garden treasures. These are just a sample of what is in stock. Come see our display of Annie's recommended plants for attracting hummingbirds, and plants to attract bees.


Time For Blueberries!

A fresh shipment of blueberry plants has just arrived. Time to plant some of these lovely plants with their oh-so- yummy fruit bonus. The plants themselves are attractive enough to use as landscaping. Consider planting a row as a hedge along your veggie garden. If you don't have space for a large planting, even a few containers can produce a crop.

Turns out that blueberries are not only decorative, and yummy, but also really healthy to eat. They have one of the highest antioxidant contents among all fruits and vegetables. There is also exciting new evidence that consuming blueberries regularly can improve memory and other cognitive functions. Don't worry about growing too many berries. It turns out that frozen blueberries retain all their health benefits and are tasty frozen treats.

Follow our Blueberry Guide for guaranteed success. We recommend 2 plants per blueberry lover for good fruit supply. Let one of our friendly Nursery Pros help you fond a place for blueberries.


Coming Events


Valentine's Day is February 14th.

Give that someone special something special for the garden! See our lovely blooming Bleeding Hearts.









A Day for Birds and Bees
Join us for a day devoted to learning about the birds and the bees. Of course we are talking about attracting and hosting birds and bees in the garden. What else? Set aside Saturday, February 18 th for a fun and informative learning experience. Bring your kids! It's all FREE!.

Speaking at 10 AM is Steve Hazzard from Organic Control, talking about mason bees. These fascinating creatures are native, non-stinging and do not live in hives. They are effective pollinators for fruit trees and will increase your harvests! Mason bees and their habitats will be for sale. Learn how to make your garden a mason bee resort!
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 from Our Water, Our World, will talk about the safest pest control for our birds and bees (and you!). He will also introduce the new and improved IPM website from UC Davis.
At 1 PM,
Edward Zawada will talk about honeybees, pollination, and honey production. He'll also host a Honey Tasting!
At 2 PM,
a member of the local Audubon Society will talk about our local hummingbirds. Learn fun facts about these winged jewels, as well as how to make your garden irresistible to them. Afterwards, Audubon members will be happy to take any bird questions you might have.

Also on hand will be Troy Smotherman of Start Organic to talk with folks interested in starting an organic garden but who don't know where to start. Start Organic can get you started or even install one for you!

Doug Wilkins of Annie's Annuals will be here assisting at our display of Annie's plants that are hummingbird and bee magnets.

Most speakers will be here from 10 to 2 PM except the Audubon Society. Come learn about filling your garden with life, color and bountiful harvests.


Sunday, February 19th 11 AM to 2 PM

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


March 21st – 25th
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show.
Get your tickets here, bring them back after the show and receive store credit for their purchase price


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 (unless otherwise noted). Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested as many classes sell out. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Register for classes by phone at 408 252-3347. Classes last between 1 and 2 hours.



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

Saturday, Feb. 11th at 10 AM, Sunday, Feb. 12th at 11 AM or Sunday, Feb. 26th at 11 AM.


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

Saturday, Feb. 25th at 10 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!


Crispy Potato Salad with Wilted Chard


What You Need

  • 2 pounds potatoes (cut in 1/2-inch pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1/3 cup sour cream (light)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 pound Swiss chard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Step by Step

  • Cover potatoes with water in a heavy pan and bring to a boil. Cook for about 15 minutes, until nearly soft.
  • Meanwhile, prepare sauce. Chop one clove of garlic finely and mix together with sour cream, the juice and grated peel of the lemon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Thin out by mixing in 2 tablespoons water.
  • Remove stems and ribs from chard and slice into very thin ribbons
  • When the potatoes are nearly tender but still firm, drain them. Put the skillet back on the stove and allow to dry.
  • Once water has evaporated from pan, add the oil and fry potatoes until brown, tossing occasionally. Make sure you let the potatoes sit long enough to brown before moving them.
  • Slice the rest of the garlic, add it and cook another couple minutes until lightly toasted.
  • Transfer crispy potatoes to a bowl and toss with the grated parmesan and chopped chard. Wait a couple of minutes for the leaves to get soft then add sauce and a few turns of the pepper grinder and toss until everything is well-coated.
  • Taste before adjusting salt and pepper.
  • Serve warm!

Servings: 4-6

Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association - www.pcfma.com

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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, yamagamisnursery.com for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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