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Edition 12.28 Yamagami's Garden Center July 12, 2012

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"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
~Mirabel Osler

Are you a people person with an interest in gardening? Yamagami's is currently seeking part-time employees in all departments. If interested, please drop by to pick up an application.

Edibles, Fresh Off The Truck: Loquats, Holiday Avocado and Passionfruit!

Time to add some incredible edibles to your garden. Loquats fit into the striking edible ornamental category. Their large dark leaves have a tropical look, yet the trees are very hardy. They are fast growing and sturdy. Their sweet and tasty fruit are a bonus! We offer yellow-fleshed 'Gold Nugget' and 'Big Jim' as well as the white-fleshed 'Champagne.'

'Holiday' avocado is a dwarf tree with a weeping form. It has large, delicious, Hass-like fruit because it too, is a Guatemalan variety like Hass. The benefits of a dwarf tree are that they only get 9 feet tall and are easier to protect from frost damage and can fit into any size garden. Supply is limited as demand exceeds availability.

Another primo edible ornamental is passionfruit. It is a fast-growing flowering vine with tasty fruit. Currently we offer the variety 'Frederick,' which produces goose-egg sized fruit with a purplish skin. Once again, the fruit is a bonus to this lovely flowering vine.

Come to Yamagami's Nursery for the best selection of incredible edibles for your garden.

Just Arrived: Plumerias!

Add some aloha to your garden with Plumeria. These sub-tropical beauties have come to symbolize the fragrance of the islands.

They are easier to grow than you might think. Just a few precautions in the winter covered in Yamagami's FREE Plumeria Guide, are all that is needed.

We offer some of the best colors and selections from California's leading plumeria grower. Import the fragrance of aloha into your garden! Supply is limited.

Grow Your Own Bay Leaves!

Grecian bay (Laurus Nobilis) is the source of bay leaves used for seasoning. It also does double duty as a decorative dark green shrub or a small tree. It can be grown in pots and kept trimmed to a neat topiary tree. It also makes an attractive hedge. Another use for its branches is for making fragrant, long-lasting wreaths, especially nice for the holidays.

Talk about your edible ornamental! Tolerant of full sun or part shade, bays are right for any garden. Currently we have bay in sizes from quart pots to five-gallon size cans. Get one growing for your winter soups and stews!

Amy's Garden Supply Pick: Nature's Coco™ Mulch!

Amy Root, Yamagami's Garden Supply buyer, is thrilled to announce a replacement for the coir mulch blocks we used to carry. Eco-friendly Nature's Coco™ Mulch is made entirely of ground coconut husks (coir), an easily renewable resource. Did you know that coconut palms grow new coconuts on a monthly basis?

Nature's Coco™ Mulch comes in an 8.8 lb block, clean and easy to carry. Each block expands to 2 cubic feet of excellent mulch when water is added, like magic! You can bring home over a cubic yard of mulch in just 14 blocks and easily move it to where you need it! Simply hydrate it on the spot and there you are!

If you haven't yet mulched your garden, do it now. Save on water and weeding, and prevent scorch by keeping roots cooler with Nature's Coco™ Mulch . Come in to see for yourself why we love this stuff. Talk with your neighbors and buy enough to beautify all your gardens and save together!

Bring Your Own Bag or Box!

Yamagami's Nursery has started its own program to encourage re-using bags and boxes. For every bag or box you bring in to use, we will give you a 10¢ token to contribute to one of three non-profit groups. We will be changing groups during the year, always trying to include an animal care group, an educational group and a garden related group. Our current recipients are:

Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary,
Foothill College Horticulture Department, 
San Jose Heritage Rose Garden,

So bring in your own bags and boxes on your next visit and help a deserving group and the planet!

Coming Events


Saturday, August 4th from 10 AM to 2 PM
Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale

Find some real beauties at great prices! Rhizomes are from members of the Clara B. Rees Iris Society who will be on hand to talk about digging and dividing Iris and their culture. All sales benefit CBRIS.

Saturday, August 11th, 10 AM to Noon
Fruit Tasting with Phil Pursel of Dave Wilson Nursery

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!

Fresh Corn Salad

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper (minced)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 ears corn, 6 medium radishes (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 small red onion (minced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (minced)
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes (halved)

Step by Step

1) Whisk lime juice, honey and cumin together in a small bowl.  Add minced jalapeño (to taste), a pinch of salt, and a pinch of freshly cracked black pepper.  Set aside.

2) Scrape corn kernels from ears and place in a medium bowl.  Add radish, onion and cilantro.  Toss gently.

3) Fold in cherry tomatoes and drizzle with prepared vinaigrette.

4) Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, or lime juice as needed.  Enjoy chilled or room temperature.

Serves: 4

This recipe was first published in "Food & Wine" and has been adapted by Chef Erica of PCFMA.

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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