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Edition 12.14 Yamagami's Garden Center April 5, 2012
Closed Easter Sunday

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"Every spring is the only spring--a perpetual astonishment. "
~Ellis Peters

Proven Winners: Unsurpassed COLOR!

Proven Winners plants have been developed for high performance in gardens everywhere. They offer unsurpassed blooming along with disease resistance and fewer insect difficulties. They have all been rigorously tested in different soils and climates before being released. Their Proven Winners pots and tags are marks of excellence. Proven Winners' motto is "A Better Garden Starts With Better Plants" and they back it up with a guarantee. Yamagami's Nursery is thrilled to offer a collection of these high-performance plants. Here are just a few samples:

Supertunia 'Vista Bubblegum' is a mounding cascade of frothy pink throughout the warm season. It grows between 16" to 24" tall and spreads about 20" wide. It's terrific in borders and beds and really spectacular in window boxes and containers. No need to deadhead this beauty as it is self-cleaning.

Mercadonia 'Gold Dust' is a charming creeper ( 2" to 5" tall) with small green leaves. It is covered with yellow nemesia-like flowers from May through October, with outstanding heat tolerance. It is self-cleaning, so no deadheading is necessary to keep it tidy. It plays well with others, so tuck some into hanging baskets and mixed color plantings. Its cheery yellow brightens up all the other colors.

Lobelia 'Laguna™ White' has large white flowers all summer long. 'Laguna™ White' works well in a mixed container, although it has the color and habit that allow it to stand alone as a specimen--especially in hanging baskets where it resembles a cloud. It grows 8" to 10" tall and can spread up to 2' wide!

To learn about all the Proven Winners, catch Kim Treiber on April 21st at 10 AM as she shows and tells about the development of the line. From 11 AM to 1 PM, she will help you create your own container masterpieces at our Creation Station. Instruction and potting soil are free!

Featured Fruit: Pomegranates, Pineapple Guavas and Figs!!

Looking for some easy-to-grow fruit that can be tucked into an existing garden? Consider these three choices that are flexible enough to serve in the landscape and reward you with a tasty harvest! All three are water-wise, sturdy and tasty edible ornamentals.

Pomegranates are easy to grow and so good for you. They can be grown as shrubs, as patio trees and even espaliers. They will grow as easily in containers as in the ground. Their flowers are showy, and their fruit is highly ornamental as well as tasty. Flavor-wise they range from tart to sweet/tart to sweet. We offer lots of different varieties--something for any taste.

Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa) are a garden treasure, evergreen and very adaptable. They make an excellent hedge or screen, patio tree or espalier. Their flowers are somewhat showy with sweet and tasty petals. You can pick the petals without reducing the fruit crop. You can use the petals as garnish or in salads--but will probably eat them as you pick! The fruit hides in the foliage and then drops when it is ripe. Yes, they are self-harvesting! As I said, a treasure.

Figs are one of the sweetest fruits you can grow. They can be pruned to fit any garden situation. They can be grown as large trees or trained on an espalier as a fruiting wall. They can be kept dwarf by pruning--plus, there is even a yummy compact grower, 'Black Jack.' They grow and fruit well in containers too. Figs are prized by foodies for their versatility in recipes. They are now commonly used in appetizers, salads, entrees, fruit and cheese plates, and of course in desserts.

Come see our outstanding selection of these and other fruit choices for your garden of eatin'. Follow our Garden Guides for planting and cultural information available here, or on our website,

Carolyn's Picks: Tomato Season Means Lots Of Choices!

Tomato season is in full swing in April. Finally the beefsteak tomatoes are arriving. Since our summer weather varies so much from year to year, it's a good idea to plant different varieties. If beefsteaks are your passion, go ahead and plant them but bear in mind that they need a lot of heat to produce good fruit. You'll notice quite a few, especially the heirloom types, in "Staff favorites" on our 2012 Tomato List.

My favorites are 'Ed's Millennium' (arriving at the end of April), 'Big Rainbow,' 'Mexico,' and 'Orange Strawberry' (actually an Oxheart type). All are meaty and delicious and absolutely gorgeous on the plate. But, do not make the mistake of only planting the larger tomatoes. I always include one or more of what I consider "tried and trues." For me this group includes 'Early Girl,' 'Stupice,' 'Dona' and 'Carmello.'

Cherry tomatoes are the easiest to grow and will thrive even in less than full sun. They are available in a rainbow of colors. They make terrific and healthy munchies for game watching and hors d'oeuvres. Kids love cherry tomatoes as they tend to be really sweet. Cherries nearly always win our annual tomato taste tests. Try some!

Follow our Tomato Planting Guide for bountiful harvests!

 Attend a FREE talk on Tomato Growing Tips by staff members Carolyn Villa-Scott or Grace Olson. See Coming Events for dates and times. Depend on Yamagami's Nursery not only for the best plants and advice, but also for our terrific growing supplies. We are here so that you will succeed…the first time!

The World of Seeds

It's that glorious time when you can plant your summer vegetable garden seed directly into the ground. Green beans, squash, cucumbers, corn and melons enjoy the longer days and warmer soil temperatures of spring. Tomatoes and peppers can be seeded into the ground or in pots. Yamagami's offers all the supplies you need for successful seeding, including a great selection of seed.

Asian vegetable varieties are the specialty of Kitazawa Seeds. They are a local (East Bay) company who have been providing seed to the Bay Area since 1917. You'll find some real treats like Bitter Melon, Edamame, Shiso, Sesame, and many more.

Renee's Garden Seed is another excellent local (Santa Cruz Mountains) source. They offer interesting varieties, many European, that have all been test-grown locally, so you know they'll thrive here. Many of her seeds are organic. Renee's Garden Seed also offers seed mixes like tri-colored beans, for a colorful garden.

Botanical Interests Seed provides a large selection of flower and vegetable seeds; many are certified organic. They offer newer taste treats as well as many heirloom varieties. Their seed packets are outstanding. They have an extra page of recipes and tips in addition to planting instructions and drawings of the seedling, so you don't accidentally mistake it for a weed.

Try your hand at planting from seed and open your garden up to a bigger world of possibilities. Stagger your plantings of seeds so that you end up with a longer season of harvest. Come to Yamagami's Nursery for our great selection of seeds and supplies. We are here so you will succeed...the first time!

Have you ever wondered about terms used in seed catalogs like "hybrid,""heirloom" or "GMO?" We found a wonderful list of definitions from The Home Garden Seed Association. Read it here.

Get Grubby!


That's right, it's time to get grubs! They are now coming out of their winter slumber , hungry and ready for love. Soon they will emerge from the ground to fly and mate and lay eggs for the next nasty generation. Grubs eat roots (which is bad enough), but what is worse are the varmints who eat the grubs!

Maybe your lawn was torn up last fall or you saw your neighbor's lawn ripped asunder. That was the work of greedy raccoons who just love fat tasty grubs on their fall menus.

Strike now and again in August to rid yourself of these pests. For the vegetable garden as well as lawns and flowerbeds, beneficial nematodes are the answer. They hit the soil looking for food and fat, juicy grubs hit their spot! They are safe for food crops and are an important weapon in the organic gardener's arsenal.

Another organic (OMRI approved) treatment for lawns is Safer Grub Control which contains Neem oil (from the Neem tree) and comes in a handy ready to spray bottle.

Thwart those masked marauders by getting their grubs NOW (and again in August).

Coming Events

Preston Oka

Saturday, April 21st 11 AM – 3 PM
Cupertino's 4th Annual Earth Day Festival
at Cupertino Civic Center Plaza. Preston Oka and Brittany Lambert will be representing Yamagami’s Nursery and handing out FREE Smiles in the form of 'Bubble Gum Pink' Supertunias. Limited supply, so get there early!

Saturday, April 28th
Yamagami's Nursery is donating 5% of our sales to Washington Open Elementary School in Santa Clara
to benefit their gardening program. Come shop that day and help support this vital educational experience for kids.

2012 Spring Classes

Saturday, April 7th at 10 AM
Tips for Tomato Success!
Staff MemberCarolyn Villa-Scott shares tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your questions. FREE

Saturday, April 14th-
Proven Winners Color Talk and Planting fun!
10 AM:
Kim Treiber talks about exciting PW plants like 'Vista Bubblegum' Supertunias.
11 AM to 1 PM: Kim guides customers in planting their own container masterpieces at our Potting Station.

Instruction and potting soil are FREE!

Sunday, April 15th at 11 AM
Tips for Tomato Success!
Staff MemberGrace Olson shares tips for growing bountiful tomato harvests and answers your questions. FREE

Sunday, April 15th at 2 PM
Cymbidium Orchid Division and Repotting Demo.
Learn from the experts of the Gold Coast Cymbidium Growers. FREE!

Saturday, April 21st at 10 AM
Specialty Citrus Talk with Aaron Dillon of Four Winds Growers.
Learn about yuzus, sorrento lemons, Thai lime leaf, limettas, Palestinian sweet limes and more! $20 fee returned as coupon for merchandise. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Register by phone at (408) 252-3347.

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!

Avocado Cheddar Pockets with Tangy Lime Mayonnaise

What You Need

  • 3 cups bean sprouts (washed)
  • 1 small red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 avocados (peeled, sliced)
  • 4 large pocket-style pitas (halved)
  • 6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese (sliced)

Step by Step

  • Mix the zest, juice, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl.
  • Stir in the mayonnaise and olive oil and set aside.
  • Toss the sprouts and onion together and set aside.
  • Divide the avocado slices among the pita halves, placing them inside the pocket in a single layer.
  • Divide the sprout mixture among the sandwiches, tucked inside on top of the avocado.
  • Add the cheese slices and drizzle each of the sandwiches with about 3 teaspoons of lime dressing.

Servings: 8

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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