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Edition 12.16 Yamagami's Garden Center April 19, 2012
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"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
~William Shakespeare

Just Arrived: Dozens of Fresh Roses!

We have just received a fresh crop of roses including several English Roses (AKA David Austin Roses). These hybrids combine the old-fashioned rose's forms and fragrance with the more modern free-flowering for the best of both. They tend to sell out quickly so come in to see them for yourself. The following are just a few of what has arrived:

'Abraham Darby' offers blossoms with a unique, peachy-pink color. Its flowers are large, ruffled, and have a wonderful fragrance. The plant can be grown as a small climber or a shrub.

'Graham Thomas' has rich yellow, cupped blossoms with a powerful tea rose fragrance. It can also be grown as a small climber or large shrub. Cutting it back in summer will yield a better rebloom and a bushier plant.

'Pat Austin' was named for David Austin's wife, so you know she's a real looker! Her large cupped flowers are rich copper on the inside and a golden copper on the outside and flash both colors when open. Combine the color with a heavenly fragrance and you have a winner! Like Abraham Darby, she can also be grown as a small climber or large shrub. Cutting her back in summer will yield a better rebloom and a bushier plant.

Whether you prefer English roses or modern hybrids, if you want a rose garden, come in while the selection is good. Follow our FREE Rose Planting Guide for guaranteed success.

Featured Fruit: Citrus!

Citrus are grown and loved all over the world. You will find them in nearly every cuisine. Although oranges, lemons, and limes are used widely here, many other citrus species star in other cuisines. Four Winds Growers is one of our best sources of specialty citrus, supplying us with lesser known treats like kumquats, Thai Lime Leaf, Yuzus, and Palestine Sweet Limes, among several others. We are lucky to have Aaron Dillon, fourth generation Citrus grower, here on Saturday, April 21 at 10 AM to talk about growing these and a host of other citrus. He will be focusing on four subgroups: sour citrus, acid-less citrus (sweet to very sweet), new Mandarins/tangerines, and Kumquats.

For Aaron's talk we will have a limited supply of some unusual citrus trees. Don't miss out!

Grace's Picks: Tasty Black Tomatoes!

In the early 1990's, I became interested in growing multi-color tomatoes, especially the "black" ones. I started ordering unusual varieties from Shepherd Seeds (now Renee's Garden Seed). I recommended that Yamagami's start offering these plants because of their unique flavors. 'Cherokee Purple' and 'Black Krim' were early favorites of mine. I like to experiment with growing varieties that I don't know, just to try them. 'Black Plum,' 'Black from Tula' and 'Paul Robeson' (also black) are former experiments that have become dear to my heart because I love their flavor.

My tomato growing tips include planting fava beans in future and past tomato growing spots, to use as green manure. Watering can be confusing. Once the tomato plants have become established and are fruiting, I recommend waiting until morning to water. Do not water in the middle of the day just because the plants look limp. They may just be taking a siesta. If they revive in the morning, they were not really dry. 

Attend a FREE talk on Tomato Growing Tips by Grace Olson on Sunday, April 22 at 11AM. Depend on Yamagami's Nursery not only for the best plants and advice, but also for our terrific growing supplies. Follow our Tomato Planting Guide for bountiful harvests! We are here so that you will succeed…the first time!

Smart Pots for Smart Gardeners

Smart Pots are freestanding fabric containers that breathe all the way around the roots. The aeration makes for healthier root systems and higher yield of flowers and vegetables. You can grow pretty much anything in a Smart Pot, as they come in a large range of sizes--from a 7 gallon size all the way up to a 400 gallon circular raised bed. The 20 gallon size is ideal for growing tomatoes. We have a 200 gallon size planted with 3 tomatoes, instant garden!

Smart Pots are amazingly versatile. Since they are fabric, you can cut x's into the sides and plant the walls as well as the top. This is called “pocket” planting and works well for strawberries, herbs, or flowers. There is pretty much no end to the things you can plant in a Smart Pot. Come see our sample container gardens and get inspired to plant one of your own.

Hummingbird Magnets: Abutilons

Abutilons, AKA Flowering Maples, have just arrived and already our hummingbirds are circling. These amazingly versatile plants bloom most of the year and the hummers love them. They come in a range of colors so they blend into any landscape.

They do best in morning sun and afternoon shade. Some are shrubbier with large flowers, while others are more vine-like with smaller flowers. They can even be trained into tree form. Pruning is the key to keeping them the shape you want in your garden.

Our first shipment arrived with the larger flowers in red, white, and yellow.

Come in and plant a treat for your hummingbirds!

Hummingbird photo courtesy of Bud Hensley

Bamboo Spout Kits for a DIY Water Feature

Create your own water feature using any non-draining container and a Bamboo Spout Kit.

Kits include one of several styles of spouts (including the ever-popular rocking spout), plus a pump.

Easy to set up, the kits are crafted of beautiful, split-resistant bamboo.

Bring the tranquility of water and movement to any size garden. Come see our selection.

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 21st at 10 AM
Specialty Citrus Talk with Aaron Dillon of Four Winds Growers.

Learn about Yuzus, Thai Lime Leaf, Sorrento Lemons, Limettas, Blood Oranges 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.

Sunday, April 22nd at 11 AM
Tips for Tomato Success
with Grace Olson. FREE!

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!

Roasted Asparagus and Feta

What You Need

  • 2-1/2 pounds asparagus (medium sized, trimmed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 ounces feta cheese (crumbled, about 1/2 cup)

Step by Step

  • Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 500° F.
  • Toss asparagus with oil, salt, and pepper in a large shallow baking pan and arrange in 1 layer.
  • Roast, shaking pan once about halfway through roasting, until asparagus is just tender when pierced with a fork, 8 to 14 minutes total.
  • Serve asparagus sprinkled with cheese.

Servings: 6

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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