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Edition 12.50 Yamagami's Garden Center December 11, 2012
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  

Yamagami's Holiday Hours:

Yamagami's Nursery will close at 2 PM on Monday, December 24th and remain closed until 9 AM on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013.

We wish everyone very happy holidays!

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"Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all."
~ Stanley Horowitz

The Twelve Days of Christmas at Yamagami's

Sorry, no lords a leaping, but how about some amazing deals for last minute shoppers on the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

Here's your chance to indulge in something you might otherwise think is extravagant for your garden loving friends and family (or even yourself).

Sorry, these offers are limited to stock on hand.

Can't make it into the nursery on a certain day? Call us (408 252-3347) and place an order over the phone for a sale item on its special day.

  • Wednesday,December 12th 40% OFF Felco Pruning Shears
  • Thursday, December 13th 40% off Seed Potatoes
  • Friday, December 14th 40% OFF any pair of Gloves
  • Saturday, December 15th 40% OFF any Living Christmas Tree
  • Sunday, December 16th 40% OFF any Citrus Tree
  • Monday, December 17th 40% OFF any Houseplant
  • Tuesday, December 18th 40% OFF any Pottery
  • Wednesday, December 19th 40 % OFF any Bug Blaster
  • Thursday, December 20th 40% OFF any Windchimes
  • Friday, December 21st 40% OFF any Rose
  • Saturday, December 22nd 40% OFF any Fruit tree
  • Sunday, December 23rd 40% OFF Garden Hat
  • Monday, December 24th 50% OFF the item of your choice! (Note: We're closing at 2 PM)

Come take a walk through our winter wonderland and find great gift ideas throughout. Wishing you all very merry holidays!


'Nazemetz' Pineapple Guava

Pineapple guavas produce flowers with brightly colored, prominent stamens and sweet edible petals in late spring, then tasty fruit in fall and winter. In better produce departments, you can find the fruit sold as "Feijoa" or pineapple guava. Pineapple guavas are not true guavas, but they do have a tropical flavor with some hint of pineapple.

The plant itself is frost-hardy, drought-hardy and pretty much pest-free. One of the nicest things is that they tend to be self-harvesting; as the fruit ripens, it falls. It is most often grown as a hedge or screen, but can also be found trained into a patio tree. Seedlings are most commonly available, but best fruit production comes from named varieties. Out of these, 'Nazemetz' is most prized for its large fruit, sweet flavor and heavy production!

Yamagami's has just received a limited number of 'Nazemetz' pineapple guavas. Whether you are looking for a tasty fruit to harvest in winter, or simply a hardy hedge or screen, you should consider adding pineapple guavas to your garden.


Fruit Trees Are Coming!

Fruit trees in biodegradable paper pots start arriving in January. We will be offering the best choices for our area, including old favorites and a number of exciting new choices. These paper-potted trees can be planted immediately or can wait in their pots until you and your garden are ready. Follow our FREE Fruit Tree Planting Guide for guaranteed success.

One of the most exciting new developments is the group of EZ-Pick Fruit Trees. This group of popular varieties has already been trained to have a lower branching scaffold, making them ideal for backyard growing without the need for ladders. All you'll need to do is maintain the scaffold with summer pruning to have an easy harvest of homegrown goodness. The first steps of our Backyard Orchard Culture Guide have already been done for you!

Always popular are the multi-graft fruit trees. They give you the advantage of multiple trees in one planting hole. We offer single types like cherries or pears and even fruit salad trees, which offer combinations of different stone fruit like peaches, plums, and apricots. They're ideal for those with limited space. Some trees are also available as espaliers, meaning they have been trained on a trellis to grow against a wall or fence. These trees are not only space savers but also offer easy harvesting,

Our Nursery Pros can help you choose the best trees for your garden and tastes. We are lucky to live in an area where fruit trees thrive! Order your fruit trees today to guarantee you get the pick of the crop. We always run out of the more popular varieties, so don't miss out! You can also buy a gift certificate for a specific fruit tree as a Christmas present that gives and gives. Click here to see our complete 2013 Paper Pot Fruit Trees List.


Living Christmas Trees!

Yamagami's offers lots of tree choices for those who would rather have a living tree than a cut tree this holiday season. You'll find trees from 1 foot to 7 feet tall. If you want a tree that will live in a container for years to come, consider the Alberta spruce or Colorado blue spruce. Both are slow growing and can live for years in a container. Rosemary, boxwood, and euonymus topiaries can be decorated for the season, then used as an ornamental plant the rest of the year

Here are some tips for care of Living Christmas Trees used indoors: Living Christmas trees should be kept indoors for no more than two weeks. Water them well before bringing them in and keep their soil moist during their stay. We suggest using a large saucer with stones under the pot. Using a turkey baster, keep the water level in the rocks of the saucer below the drainage holes of the pot.

Indoors, they prefer a sunny, well-lit location. Avoid placing them by a heater, heater vent, or fireplace. Use miniature lights (LED are best) and lightweight ornaments to avoid damage to the limbs.

After Christmas, they need to be gradually readjusted to life outdoors. Hose them off after removing the ornaments. Put them in a location with afternoon shade for a couple of weeks before moving them to a sunny location. Keep them well watered, especially in the summer. If left in a container, be sure to give it a quarter turn monthly for even growth all around.

Whether living or cut, choose your perfect Christmas tree at Yamagami's Nursery this year for a merry and bright holiday!



Looking for festive, holiday color outside? It's hard to beat cyclamen for its long-lasting show, no matter how cold or rainy. Ruben, our color buyer, searches for the hardiest and showiest varieties.

This year we are featuring the Maxoras, a group of full-size cyclamen with large flowers, and Flame Mix, multi-colored, miniature cyclamen. Look for the Frills mix of cyclamen for a "twist" on conventional cyclamen flowers. They offer ruffled buds and blooms in lots of colors.

Cyclamen perform best in bright shade but will also tolerate full sun in the winter. They can be kept indoors for a week or so in cool, well-lit locations. Come to Yamagami's and check out our brilliant selection!


Coming Events

Yamagami's Holiday Hours:

Yamagami's Nursery will close at 2 PM on Monday, December 24th and remain closed until 9 AM on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013. We wish everyone very happy holidays!

San Francisco Flower & Garden Show! A fun experience for the whole family. Buy your tickets here, bring them back after the show and receive store credit in the amount of your ticket price. Wow! It's like going for free!

March 20th-24th

2013 Winter Classes

Classes are outdoors in a covered area. Dress warmly and bring a cushion for your chair. Fee (unless otherwise noted) is $20, which is rebated back as credit on merchandise. Early, prepaid registration is strongly suggested as many classes sell out. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Classes last between 1 and 2 hours.

Winter Fruit Tree Care with Bradley Strawhorn. Class covers pruning, dormant sprays and general care. See fee information above.

Sat., Jan. 12th at 10 AM, Sat., Jan. 19th at 10 AM or Sat., Feb. 23rd at 10 AM.

Apple Grafting class with Bradley Strawhorn. Learn the basics of grafting fruit trees. Grafting tools and supplies will be available for purchase. See fee info above.

Sat., Sat., Jan. 19th at 2 PM.

Winter Rose Care with Lorena Gorsche. Class covers pruning, disease and pest prevention, and general care. Also covered--hydrangea pruning! See fee information above.

Sun., Jan, 13th at 11 AM or Sun., Jan, 27th at 11 AM

Winter Pruning 101 with Alan Tagami, Landscape Consultant. Learn what, how, and how much to prune in winter. See fee information above.

Sun., Jan. 20th at 11 AM or Sat., Jan. 26th at 10 AM..

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Alan Tagami, Landscape Consultant. Learn how to bring out the natural beauty in your maples. See fee information above.

Sat., Feb. 9th at 10 AM, Sun., Feb. 17th at 11 AM, or Sun., Feb. 24th at 11 AM..

Beginning Bonsai Class/Demowith Clay Warner. Clay will guide beginners through creating a bonsai. Limited to 10 students. Fee will be $25 plus pot.

Sat., Feb 2nd at 10 AM or Sun., March 3rd.

Super Bowl Planting Class with Dianne Jensen. Class includes everything you will need to create your own masterpiece Color Bowl or Salad Bowl. Class is limited to 12 participants, so make your paid reservations right away! Fee is $25.

Sun., Feb 3rd at 11 AM

Celebrate Bees! Mason Bee Talk with Steve Hazzard. Learn how these native bees can help pollinate your fruit trees. Mason Bees and their habitats will be available for sale. FREE!

Sat., Feb 16th, at 10 AM

Celebrate Bees! Honey Bees Talk and Honey Tasting with Edward Zawada of Gerard'Z Honeybees. Learn about honeybees, pollination, and honey production. He’ll also host a Honey Tasting--including our best-seller, Avocado Honey!, FREE!

Sat., Feb 16th, at 1 PM

Celebrate Birds! Backyard Birds Talk with Dave Cook of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. Learn about our local feathered friends with an emphasis on hummingbirds. FREE!

Sun., Feb 17th, at 11 AM

Classes are outdoors in a covered area. Dress warmly and bring a cushion for your chair. Early registration is strongly suggested as many classes sell out. Walk-ins are allowed only if space is still available. Classes last between 1 and 2 hours

Citrus Tasting with Generations Growers! Come sample winter-ripening citrus fruit. Talk with the grower about any questions you might have about different varieties. FREE!

Sat., March 9th, 10 AM to 2 PM


Ongoing Events

Most Fridays from 11 AM to 1 PM, Dianne Jensen can 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.

Happy Holidays


Ham And Corn Chowder

What You Need

  • 4 cups fresh or frozen corn
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 or 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups chopped sweet green, red and/or yellow pepper
  • 2 tbsp. fresh or dried marjoram leaves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 2 cups cooked ham, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4-6 tbsp. flour

Step by Step

  • In a large saucepan, combine corn, chicken broth, onion, potatoes, green pepper, marjoram, salt and white pepper.
  • Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender, stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and flour. Stir into the corn mixture.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
  • Stir in the ham and cook for 5 minutes or more until heated through.

Serves 8


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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,

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