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Edition 12.36 Yamagami's Garden Center September 6, 2012
Featured Quote

Featured Quote:

"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
~ Henry David Thoreau


Crape Myrtles

For easy-care color, it's hard to beat crape myrtles. They are currently putting on their summer into fall display of brilliant blossoms in gardens throughout the Silicon Valley. Heat and drought tolerant, they shine when other plants are hanging back.

Plant them in full sun for best flowering. You'll discover crape myrtles also have beautiful fall color and very interesting bark, providing year-round interest.

The National Arboretum has been actively hybridizing crape myrtles for disease resistance in a range of sizes with spectacular results. Newer hybrids are available both in tree (standard) and "bush" (multi-trunk) forms for any size of garden, or even containers.

Following are some of the varieties now in stock in both tree and bush form:

'Durant's Red'
Brilliant reddish-pink flowers. Grows to 15' tall.

Bright red flowers. Grows 10' to 15' tall.

'Pink Velour'
Rich pink flowers. Grows 8' to 10' tall.

Bright coral-pink flowers. Grows to 25' tall.

Other varieties of interest:

White flowers. Grows '20 to 30' (available in bush form).

Red flowers. Grows 10' to 15' tall (available in tree form).

Most are blooming now, so come in to choose the color, size and form that is best for your garden.

Beautiful bark of a Crape Myrtle

Multi-trunk Dynamite Crape Myrtles planted as a screen

'Tonto' Crape Myrtle


Ruben's Pick:
A Peck of Peppers!

A fresh crop of organically grown pepper plants has just arrived! These beauties are in 1 gallon size containers and are already bearing fruit. They range from fairly hot to sweet.

They love the warm weather and will continue to bear throughout our Indian summer. Plant them in full sun for best pepper production. We offer the following varieties:

Bell Peppers - green and red varieties- sweet and mild.

Corno di Toro – wonderful on the grill or sautéed.

Jalapeño – tasty and spicy addition to eggs, guacamole or use for poppers.

Kung Pao – spicy addition to stir-fries!

Serrano - hot and tasty.

Villancho - medium heat, terrific for rellenos or on the grill.

Seranno Peppers

The Tasty Villancho Pepper


Garden Drama:
Giant White Squill!

Looking for something easy to grow, a little out of the ordinary, and loaded with drama? We have just the thing, giant white squill! The bulbs have arrived for these showy drama queens. Their giant plume blossoms grow four to six feet tall on sturdy stems, making them ideal for cut flowers.

Planted in the fall, squill will begin to grow by throwing a green spike which will eventually open to many individual leaves. By mid-March, each plant will stand approx 30-36" tall and about the same across. In May, as temperatures increase, leaves will begin to yellow and the plant will go dormant. Then, as with naked ladies (Amaryllis belladonna), a flower stalk will appear around September.

Mediterranean natives, these squill require little or no irrigation once established. They are pest resistant; gophers, deer and other varmints leave them alone. Their extensive root system also makes them great erosion-control plants. They are virtually indestructible and will produce flowers for years.

Have an untended area of your yard? Plant these worry-free bulbs now and enjoy their winter foliage and showy summer-into-fall flowers. Giant white squill provide big drama with minimal care!

Giant White Squill in pot

Giant White Squill in garden


Fall Is Our Second Spring; Make It Productive!

Sound confusing? What we mean is that it's time to plant almost everything! It's the ideal time to overhaul and refresh your garden.

Trees, shrubs, perennials, lawns, and groundcovers will get their roots established now, then push glorious and sturdy growth next spring.

Healthy and vigorous plants are the result of healthy and vigorous roots. Proper soil treatment will give all your new plantings what they need to succeed!

Yamagami's offers a wealth of FREE planting guides on our website, Each is based on years of experience with our predominantly heavy clay soil. They all share certain recommendations to avoid the common pitfalls associated with clay soil.

Planting too deeply, not opening up a tight rootball, and overwatering are the three most common problems we see. These can all be avoided by following our garden guides.

Another recommendation our garden guides share is the use of organic fertilizers and soil amendments. This leads to a healthier soil which in turn supports healthier plants, a healthier planet, and ultimately, a healthier you!

Let our knowledgeable Nursery Pros, our Garden Guides, and our fine array of organic gardening supplies make your second spring a productive one.

We are here to help you succeed…the first time!

Gardner & Bloome Planting Mix
An all-organic soil amendment, ideal for preparing your soil for most plants.
Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme
An all-organic soil amendment, ideal for preparing your soil for annual flowers and vegetables.
Gardner & Bloome Potting Soil
An all-organic soil for container gardens.


Coming Events

Saturday, September 15th
Free Apricot Tree And Summer Pruning Demo with Bradley Strawhorn from 8:30 AM to 10 AM
. Drop in. No reservations needed.


Ongoing Events

Most Fridays from 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!


Heirloom Tomato Gratin

What You Need

  • 3 pounds heirloom tomatoes (4 large, cored, cut into thick slices)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs (plain)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons oregano (fresh)
  • 2 teaspoons thyme (fresh)
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)

Step by Step

  • Heat oven to 450F.
  • Place tomato slices on paper towels.
  • Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Coat a 2 quart oval baking dish with 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the bread crumbs over the bottom of the baking dish.
  • Place half of the tomato slices in prepared baking dish, overlapping as necessary.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of the olive oil, 1 tablespoon oregano and 1 teaspoon thyme over the top.
  • Tuck in the sliced garlic and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs over the top.
  • Place remaining tomato slices in dish and season with remaining herbs, salt and pepper, and oil.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Scatter Parmesan cheese on top and bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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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