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Edition 12.08 Yamagami's Garden Center February 23, 2012
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"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
~Mohandas K. Gandhi

Attention All Plant Lovers!
Check Out The PopUp Plant Stars.

Yamagami's Nursery is pleased to host a PopUp Plant Fair, a tent market featuring four small, local growers. Each grower will have a tent with their specialty plants for sale on Saturday, March 3rd from 10 AM to 3 PM. This is a rain or shine event! With a special interest in water-wise and sustainable gardening practices, each grower offers their own individual collection. Most of these are starter-size plants, meaning easy to plant! Here is a list of the Pop Up Plant Stars and ideas of what to expect from them:

Nancy and Bob Schramm of Carman's Nursery featuring bonsai starters, dwarf conifers, rock garden plants, unusual fruiting plants and variegated plants.

Pamela Mason and Steve Rehn of Cole Canyon Farm featuring organic veggies and herbs.

Nicky Hughes of Gold Rush Nursery featuring starter plants of CA natives and other water-wise plants, especially those that host pollinators and beneficial insects.

John and Sherry Hall of Terra Sole Nurseries LLC specializing in unusual and heirloom succulents and perennials.

Come join the fun in this garden boutique! The PuPS believe plant shopping should be fun--and Yamagami's agrees!

Tree Peonies Have Arrived!

Garden glamour queens, tree peonies, have arrived as 2-year-old grafted plants. These beauties are truly queenly, with their ferny foliage and brilliant, dramatic blossoms. We have only a limited quantity, so come in quickly! Pictured are three out of the five varieties.

Tree peonies get about four to five feet tall and wide in about ten years, so don't let their name fool you. They are NOT trees. They grow best with mostly sun. There is an amazing collection of fifty year+ beauties grown in full sun in a private garden in San Jose. Planted at the edge of the canopy of a deciduous tree seems to be their ideal location, as they love the full sun in winter and lightly filtered sun while in bloom. They can be grown in a container but it should be a deep one.

Come in right away for best selection of these dormant beauties (located in our bulb section). While you are here, be sure to look over our dahlias, begonias and other summer-blooming bulbs. Let our friendly Nursery Pros help you create the garden you've always wanted.

Featured Fruit: Loquats!

We have just received 2 varieties of loquats! 'Gold Nugget' is the most popular and familiar loquat, with medium-sized light orange fruit. It is sweet and juicy with yellow flesh. 'Big Jim' has large, orange, pear-shaped fruit with sweet and juicy orange flesh. Both are self-pollinating and well-suited to local gardens.

Loquat trees are evergreen and fast growing to 20 feet tall. They have large, dark-green, boldly textured foliage that adds a tropical look to gardens, contrasting well with many other plants. The pretty winter flowers and tasty spring fruits are a bonus! Consider adding one of these to your backyard orchard.

Our next newsletter, 3/8/12, will feature growing and curing your own olives! Stay tuned.

Amy's Garden Tool Pick: The Weed Blaster Pro!

Much as we try to avoid using weed killers, there are times when it is necessary. When that is the case, The Weed Blaster Pro is the best way to apply weed killers as safely and minimally as possible. It features a cone that slides over the weed so that the weed killer is applied directly to the targeted weed with no risk of drift from spraying to valuable plants.

It is an an easy to use, long-handled pump-sprayer with a one-quart reservoir. The end result is that you will be able to use much less weed killer and have it be much more effective. Come take a look!

Ruben's Garden Pick: Nemesia 'Aromatica'

Nemesia 'Aromatica' is a compact bushy perennial that covers itself with sweetly fragrant blossoms a good part of the year. It comes in 5 colors so it plays well with others in containers as well as in beds.

Currently we offer Rose Pink, Scarlet, Sky Blue, White and Royal Blue. Ruben says the White is the most fragrant.

They prefer full to part sun for best fragrance and bloom. Add some to your garden for a sweet treat!

Low-Chill Lilacs Have Arrived!

Lilacs are prized for their fragrance and stunning spring display.

Although the old-fashioned varieties that thrive in the mid-west do not bloom reliably here, Yamagami's offer several varieties that will thrive and bloom away here every spring.

Descanso hybrids, for example, were hybridized at Descanso Gardens in Southern California, where there is rarely a frost.

'Lavender Lady' is one of the best of the Descansos with a rich lilac color and sweet fragrance.

Another popular Descanso is 'Angel White,' a beautiful white-blooming lilac with a mild fragrance.

Other lilac hybrids that will perform well here are 'Pocahontas' and 'Blue Skies.'

'Pocahontas 'is a Canadian hybrid that has deep, rich maroon buds that open to purple flowers with a very nice fragrance.

'Blue Skies' is another lilac hybridized in SoCal. It blooms prolifically with fragrant, light lilac-blue flowers.

It's hard to beat lilacs for old-fashioned garden fragrance. Choose one or more for your California garden. They are even fairly water-wise once established.

Spring is right around the corner, plant some fragrance now.

'Angel' White Lilac
Pocahontas' Lilac

'Blue Skies' Lilac

Coming Events

Saturday, March 3rd, 10 AM to 3 PM.

PopUp Plant Stars, a Plant Boutique featuring the plants of four small, local growers.

March 17, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Do more than wear the green, live green! Recycled, refurbished Bicycle Sale to benefit Hope Services.

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.

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.

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

Sunday, Feb. 26th at 11 AM.

Ongoing Events

Friday mornings, 11 AM to 1 PM

Come let Dianne Jensen guide you through the design and planting process of creating your own colorful container gardens and salad bowls. All you pay for is the plants and container, the soil, fertilizer and instruction are FREE!

Beet, Orange and Walnut Salad

What You Need

  • 6 medium beets (stems removed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 medium oranges
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese (crumbled)
  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 2 teaspoons raspberry vinegar

Step by Step

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Cut three pieces of aluminum foil into 8x8 squares.
  • Scrub beets vigorously (do not peel) and place two beets in the center of each piece of foil. Drizzle generously with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Bundle aluminum foil together to create a tight pouch around each pair of beets. Repeat with remaining beets and place pouches on a lined baking sheet. Roast in oven until beets are fork tender, 45-60 minutes.
  • Carefully remove beets from pouches and place in refrigerator until chilled through (can be done a day ahead). After beets have cooled, peel and quarter them.
  • "Supreme" both oranges by cutting out the juicy flesh from the tough membrane: Cut off the top and bottom half inch of your orange. Place a flat side on your cutting board and remove the rest of the peel and pith with your sharp chef's knife. You should now only see juicy, orange flesh. Pick up the orange, and cut a slit towards the center of the fruit on each of the inner sides of a segment's membranes. The segment should pop right out. Continue all the way around, reserving any juice by supreming over a bowl.
  • Place beets and orange segments in a medium bowl.
  • Add walnuts and blue cheese and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Into the bowl of reserved orange juice, add walnut oil, raspberry vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour dressing over salad mixture and toss well to coat.
  • Taste for seasoning, adding salt, pepper or vinegar as needed.
  • If desired, add a few thin slices of red onion to the salad for an extra kick.

Servings: 6

Recipe by Market Chef Erica Emme
Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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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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