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Edition 12.42 Yamagami's Garden Center October 18, 2012
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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"Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise."
~Michael P. Garafalo


Yamagami's Cut Christmas Trees Are Even Better!

Yamagami's has always offered high-quality, fresh cut trees. This holiday season they will be the best-dressed trees around. Each and every cut tree will be sporting a Fresh-Patch™. The 100% Biodegradable Fresh-Patch™ is attached to the fresh-cut trunk of the tree enabling it to absorb water longer than any "undressed" trunk. It works by keeping the wound from healing so that the tree continues to take up water, while protecting hands, clothing, carpets and car finish from tree sap. We attach it when the tree is being put into water.

Again this season, Yamagami's is offering high-mountain grown noble firs and silvertip firs for your decorating pleasure. You can place your early orders now and save 10% on your tree. You can opt for having us choose your tree, or for choosing your own. Every tree will come with a FREE biodegradable tree disposal bag and a guide for keeping it lush and green for the season. Orders can be placed by phone at (408) 252-3347 during regular store hours.

If you have purchased your tree stand at Yamagami's, we will install it for you at no charge. We offer a couple of different tree stands if you need a new one. Delivery Monday through Friday is also an option. When we deliver your tree to your home, we make sure it is straight and in water before we leave. Delivery dates are limited and on a first come, first served basis. Order your perfect tree now for the best delivery date options.

Click here for tree sizes and prices. (pdf)


Just Arrived!
Golden Sweet Olive
October's Fragrant Garden Star

As they are seldom available, we are thrilled to have just received a fresh shipment of golden sweet olives, Osmanthus aurantiacus. Few fragrances can match the sweet and fruity allure of the golden sweet olive. The plant itself is fairly nondescript and is often planted in the back of a bed or as a tall hedge, attracting little attention most of the year. Suddenly, in October, it bursts forth with small, orangey-golden flowers and the fragrance of a sweet, ripe apricot. In Asia it is called fragrant tea olive and is used in teas, pastries and jam.

There is a magnificent specimen at Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto. I have one in Felton (Santa Cruz Mountains) where it has proven to be very frost-hardy and drought-hardy, once established. It can take full sun but seems to do best with a little shade in the afternoon. Add one to your garden for a fragrant treat--no trick!


Double Your Bulb Pleasure
Plant in Layers!

While a mass display of red tulips or bright golden daffodils is stunning, it does mean a big blast of color over a relatively short amount of time. By planting a variety of bulbs in layers, then covering them with blooming annuals, you can have a succession of bulbs blooming in a constant sea of color! It's easy to do and it works well in containers too.

Instead of digging individual holes for each bulb, you can dig trenches or a bed to a depth of 6" to 8". In containers that means adding Gardner & Bloome Potting Soil to about 10" from the top of the pot. Apply Dr. Earth Bulb Fertilizer (important to be at root level) then place your larger bulbs about 10" apart. Mark the placement of the larger bulbs with chopsticks or twigs. Add a couple inches of potting soil, then repeat fertilizer application and place smaller bulbs in between the larger bulbs. You can even repeat this for a third layer if you use very small bulbs, but even just 2 layers make a big difference in impact.

In areas where you want bulbs to naturalize, a good combination would be daffodils at the deepest layer, Dutch iris or freesias at the next layer and grape hyacinth as a possible third layer. Where naturalizing is not an issue, you have many choices. Come choose your bulbs now, while selection is still good!

Finish off your planting with a top cover of blooming pansies, violas, or primroses for continuous color through the winter and spring. Pick up a FREE Layering Bulbs in Container Gardens Guide for more information. All the suggestions will work equally well in the ground. A container planted with layers of bulbs covered with annual color makes an excellent gift. Let the Nursery Pros at Yamagami's help you plan a spectacular spring garden (and maybe one for a friend).


Peas for Pleasure

Whether it is shelling peas, snow peas or snap peas, peas are tasty and easy to grow in fall veggie gardens. They are perfect for the trellises where your green beans used to be. Peas are also good for you, as they are rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. They are an excellent source of folic acid and high in fiber. While all this is true, it is their yummy flavor that makes them so desirable in the garden. They are an excellent candidate for a child's garden, as they grow quickly and taste great raw, fresh-picked in the garden. They are a good way for kids to learn to love green on their plates.

Shelling Peas, also called English peas, are eaten after being removed from the pod.

Snow Peas are eaten whole, primarily for the pod, as the peas themselves do not develop. The young growing tips of the plant are harvested as a veggie--usually called pea shoots or dow miu.

Snap Peas are also eaten whole, but both the pod and the peas are sweet, succulent, and tasty.

We offer seeds for many different varieties as well as seedlings ready for planting. There are bush forms and pole forms, so container growing is another option. One tip though, consider covering your pea planting with EZ Gardener Plant and Seed Blanket to protect young plants from birds and bugs until plants are a foot tall or so. We aren't the only ones to find them tasty. Try growing some and get hooked on fresh, homegrown peas. You too will be saying, "Please, more peas!"


A Deal Made In The Shade!
30% OFF Shade Trees
(15 gallon and up)

Fall planting season is the easiest time for trees to get established. Be sure to follow our FREE Tree Planting Guide(pdf) for guaranteed success. Staking, watering and soil prep are all-important for healthy tree transplanting. Come see our assortment of larger trees and let one of our Nursery Pros help you find the right trees for your garden.

30% OFF all shade trees in a 15 gallon can (and larger)--sale runs for the entire month of October.


Coming Events

Sun., October 21st, at 10 AM
Free Garden Talk in Mandarin on Basic Gardening. Presented by Mr. Xu of SOH FM 92.3.

Sat., October 27 at 10 AM
Best Fruit Trees for the Silicon Valley with Nancy Garrison. FREE. Learn which fruit varieties perform best in our area. It is also the last weekend to order bareroot trees (SOFT).

Mon., Nov. 5th: Store hours change to 9 AM to 5:00 PM.


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!

Call ahead (408) 252-3347 to make sure Dianne is here.


Super Steak Sandwich

What You Need

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 large fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, sliced into long strips
  • 1 (1/2 pound) well-marbled beef steak of any type, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pickled hot peppers
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/3 French baguette, cut in half lengthwise

Step by Step

  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the onion; cook and stir until tender.
  • Push onion to the side of the pan, and add the mushrooms.
  • Cook and stir until softened, then add the bell pepper and cook just until tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon, and set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter to the skillet. No need to clean the pan, just let it heat up a little bit.
  • Place the steak in the skillet along with the pickled peppers. Season with salt and pepper. (The steak cooks really fast, just a couple of minutes.)
  • Once the steak is mostly browned, return the onion and pepper to the pan.
  • Cook until heated through.
  • Turn off the heat, and place the slices of cheese over the top of the pile so they can melt.
  • Scoop the whole pile into the awaiting bread, making sure to pour some of the juices onto that wonderful sandwich.
Yield: 1 sandwich


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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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