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Edition 13.02 Yamagami's Garden Center January 10, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  

Winter Classes start this week! See below.

Featured Quote:

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


Sweet Olives Are A Sweet Garden Treat!

Sweet Olives (Osmanthus fragrans) are deliciously fragrant and easy to grow. While their flowers are not particularly showy, their fragrance is a cloud of bliss.

Yamagami's has just received three different choices, Yellow (Osmanthus f. thunbergii), Golden (Osmanthus f. aurantiacus) and 'Nanjing Beauty,' a cultivar with larger and more prolific white flowers than the straight species.

Try all three for a win, win, win for your garden and your nose!

Use them as a large evergreen shrub in the back of a bed or against a fence. They make a good background plant, then when they go into bloom, they are the star. They prefer sun but will happily tolerate light shade.

All three are hard to find and in limited supply. Come claim your sweet garden treats while supply lasts!


Is It a Dwarf Fuyu Persimmon?
No, It's an Izu!

For many years we have had requests for a dwarf 'Fuyu' Persimmon, but were never able to locate this mythical tree. Finally we discovered that for many years another nursery sold 'Izu' persimmons as dwarf 'Fuyus.' No one noticed much difference in the fruit, and the tree is definitely smaller, topping out at 12-15 feet unpruned instead of the 25+ feet of a 'Fuyu.' With pruning, 'Izu' can easily be kept under 10 feet tall. Its fruit is sweet with great flavor and ripens earlier than 'Fuyu.' It is a great backyard tree with lovely foliage and fall color. Like all persimmons, it's pretty much pest-free.

If you have always wanted a 'Fuyu' persimmon but didn't think you had room for one, 'Izu' is the tree for you! They will be arriving sometime in January or February, but you can special order one now to make sure you get one. Just call us at 408-252-3347 to order yours today!


Walk on the Wild Side in Comfort and Style!

Sloggers are just what you need in this weather for warm, dry feet. We have just received a new shipment of these fashionable and functional footgear, including some new styles. Check out the Zebra, Leopard and Paws prints for a walk on the wild and wonderful side.

Sloggers are made in the USA--of a resin that is flexible, tough, and 100% waterproof. Just hose them off for a quick clean-up. They offer a heavy tread for sure-footed comfort in the garden. Come see our complete selection. Try on a pair and experience their comfort for yourself.


Preventative Medicine for
Your Fruit Trees!

It's time to dormant spray your deciduous fruit trees to prevent problems later on. One of the most important sprays is to guard against Peach leaf Curl which is not only ugly, but also weakens your trees and can cause total crop loss. If you have had the disease already, three sprays are needed for prevention. The first should have been at leaf drop, if you missed it, be sure to get the next two. The second spraying should be at the most dormant stage, and the third as the buds swell but before they open. The old-fashioned rule of thumb is Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, and Valentine's Day; but this will vary from tree to tree and is also somewhat weather dependant. We recommend using Monterey Liqui-Cop and spraying to the point of drip. If there are not other plants below the tree it is a good idea to spray the soil also since the disease lives in the soil where it can be splashed back into the tree.

Another dormant spray is an oil spray to smother over-wintering insects which lie on the trunk and branches in a dormant state, just waiting for the first flush of spring growth to start feeding again. This is especially helpful on cherries and plums, which can be plagued with aphids. Aphid damage is often mistaken for Peach leaf curl because they cause similar looking damage of curled, distorted leaves. We recommend using Monterey Horticultural Oil.

Always spray on a calm day when rain is not expected for 48 hours. If an unexpected rain occurs, you will have to re-spray. Our FREE Fruit Tree Care Calendar is available here in the nursery or on our website, Yamagamis­ for more information on timing and treatments of fruit tree issues. We are here to help you succeed the first time with your own garden of good eatin'.


Resolutions for Gardeners
(Excerpted from the National Garden Bureau)

A new year typically brings about resolutions right? Gardeners are no exception to wishing for better: better gardens, better planning, better record-keeping, etc. Following are five resolutions that we wish every gardener, no matter their level of expertise, will embrace in 2013:

1. I will not blame myself for gardening failures. Oftentimes, Mother Nature is not our friend when it comes to gardening. We do not want you to despair! Simply try again and learn from experience.

2. I will not be afraid to ask questions. How else can you learn? Take advantage of Yamagami's Nursery Pros and ask away!

3. I will try something new. What about something really new, like a new growing style or completely new crop of vegetables?

4. I will share my passion. Many gardeners got their start by learning from someone else, often a parent or friend. Can you be that mentor?

5. I will embrace nature and garden for the birds, the bees and the butterflies. One of the most enjoyable benefits of having a garden is being able to enjoy the beautiful creatures who visit it.

Let's Go Garden!

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., 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. 10th at 11 AM, or Sun., Feb. 24th at 11 AM..

Beginning Bonsai Class/Demo with 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


Coming Events

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 an emphasis on Hummingbirds by The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

Sun., Feb 17th, at 11 AM


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

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


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.


Chunky Chicken Chili--perfect for chilly nights!

What You Need

  • 2 lbs. cooked chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 cans (4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chiles, undrained
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans (15-1/2 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Step by Step

  • Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and sauté for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in cumin, dried oregano and coriander; sauté for 1 minute.
  • Stir in chiles; reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes partially covered.
  • Add the chicken, water, cannellini beans, and broth; bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Ladle into serving bowls and sprinkle with cheese, cilantro and green onions.

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,

Preston Oka

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