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Edition 12.32 Yamagami's Garden Center August 9, 2012
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"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."
~Kazuko Okakura

Think Fruit!

Time to order bareroot fruit trees for planting next year. Our Special Order Fruit Tree (SOFT) program is full of offerings from Dave Wilson Nursery. The order form is here and on our website with so many choices it can be overwhelming. Let us help! Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the best trees for your tastes and garden situation. Bareroot fruit trees offer lower price, greater number of varieties and more rootstock options than container grown trees. This means getting exactly what you want at a better price! Bareroot trees do require immediate planting so we also offer a FREE Bareroot Fruit Tree Planting Guide.

Dave Wilson Nursery offers fruit tastings every year for nursery staff to learn about different varieties, so we can make better recommendations for you. Three members of our staff recently attended a tasting. Pictured here is our fearless leader and fruit tree buyer, CCN Pro Preston Oka, sampling a pluot.

Come sample pluots and other interesting fruit choices at our FREE Fruit Tasting on Saturday, August 11th, from 10 AM to 12 PM. Phil Pursel from Dave Wilson Nursery will be our host. He will be able to make recommendations for you as well as answer your questions for your SOFT orders.

Shade Gardens for Dry California

The traditional picture of a shade garden is lush and full of fuchsias, begonias, impatiens and ferns. This garden requires quite a bit of watering and rotation of annuals. It doesn’t have to be this way. California will always have dry spells and tight water supplies. Using the right combination of plants, you can create a colorful, water-wise shade garden. Here are a few cold-hardy, water-wise California Native candidates for our area.

Yerba buena (Satureja douglasii) is a perennial groundcover, eventually making a loose carpet or draping attractively over walls and banks. Its shiny 1" leaves are delightfully aromatic and make a refreshing tea. It has small white blossoms from spring into summer.

Sierra Monkey Flower (Mimulus bifidus) is a blooming perennial shrublet growing to about 2 feet tall, with tubular flowers that delight hummingbirds. It has narrow, dark green to grayish-green leaves and blossoms up to 2 1/2" long and 2" wide--often ruffled. Currently, we offer a creamy yellow variety.

Salal (Gaultheria shallon) is what florists sell as “Lemon Leaf”, a popular filler with cut flowers. It is a shrub growing to 5 feet tall and at least that wide. It offers rich green foliage and white to blush pink flowers in the spring. It forms purple berries that are very popular with birds.

Come in to see these offerings, as well as the California natives we offer for sunny areas. We are offering a "Natives and Other Water-wise Garden Plants" class on September 1st, at 10 AM. See our Coming Events for details.

Ruben's Pick: Tomatoes for a Second Season

Maybe you didn't have time to plant tomatoes this year or maybe you pulled some poor performers out already. In either case, it's not too late to try again. We have just received four varieties of tomatoes in 1 gallon size cans for a second season of harvest. They are all quick to bear--and once they get started, they should bear right through the fall.

'Early Girl' is what we consider an old-faithful. It is among the easiest to grow and one of the most reliable producers of tasty red fruit.

'Visitacion Valley' has red round fruit with very good flavor. It is named for Visitacion Valley in the San Francisco fog belt, where it originated.

'Sungold' is a taste-test winner. It has bright orange cherry tomatoes with a rich fruity flavor. It is easy to grow and highly productive. Grow it on a trellis to create a small wall of yummy fruit.

'Bush Early Girl' is a "determinate" variety, meaning it is compact (18" tall) and ideal for container growing. Its fruit is similar to regular 'Early Girl' in flavor, but it's actually larger, growing to as much as 4" in diameter.

Amy's Garden Helper Pick: Actinovate

Wow, a super new way to fight fungus problems, Actinovate! It contains a patented beneficial microbe that grows on plant leaves and roots, living off the plant's byproducts, and attacks invading diseases.

Actinovate is a plant's best friend! It is all natural and safe for fruits, vegetables, and herbs. It is effective against a wide range of disease problems.

Put Actinovate in your arsenal of safe and natural pest control products!

Lorena's Décor Pick: Wall Pocket Vases

Wall pockets have been in my life since I was a child. My mother had them. I began collecting retro pottery from the 50's era about 20 years ago. They are difficult to find and delightful to use.

The "Dots" add a retro touch in both shape and color. Alone they decorate my home. With flowers, they bring the flower garden indoors and brighten your décor.

We offer seven trendy colors for kitchen, living room, hall, bathroom, pretty much anywhere. Choose from teal, orange, white, red, moss green, and yellow for a spot of color on your walls.

We also offer different shapes and sizes of clear and blue tinted glass wall vases. Their simplicity goes with all décor from traditional to modern, while allowing the flowers to shine. Try placing Tillandsias (air plants) in them for added drama.

Wall pocket vases are wonderful for small spaces like offices and dorm rooms. Come in to see our selection!

Coming Events

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

Come sample some tasty mid-summer ripening varieties. Phil can also answer your fruit tree questions and make variety recommendations.

Saturday, September 1st at 10 AM
California Natives and Other Water-Wise Plants
with Mike Craib. Mike will show a variety of attractive water-wise plants for California gardens. FREE!

Look for special offers on the featured plants that day!

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 Stuffed Zucchini

Here is a great way to use up that summer harvest.

What You Need

  • 2 pounds small zucchini
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (unseasoned)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 Roma tomatoes (peeled, seeded, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup emmental cheese (grated)
  • 3 sprigs thyme (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon basil (chopped)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step by Step

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Slice zucchini in half and scrape out the seeds, creating an indentation in the center.
  • Drop the zucchini in boiling salted water for 6 minutes and remove and immediately place in an ice bath until cooled.
  • Once dry, put filling in each zucchini boat.
  • For the filling, sauté the onions and garlic and remove from heat.
  • Add tomato, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, fresh herbs, salt, pepper and grated cheese.
  • Place the zucchini boats in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove when lightly browned, let cool for 5 minutes and serve

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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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