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Edition 13.04 Yamagami's Garden Center January 24, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  

Bobbi's Is Back!

We are happy to announce that Bobbi's has re-opened as Bobbi's Café. They have been missed! Come by and welcome them back to the neighborhood.

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"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad."
~ Miles Kington


Backyard Growers Love EZ-Pick® Fruit Trees!

Why have huge trees that overwhelm your yard and require ladders to pick your fruit? Your home garden is different from a commercial orchard. Most people want compact fruit trees that produce enough delicious fruit for the family and a few friends--not commercial sized trees optimized for high volume and tractors.

Our Backyard Orchard Guide outlines the pruning for the first few years that results in low branches so you can keep your trees 6 to 12 feet tall.

EZ-PICK® fruit trees have already been trained to have a very low branching structure, saving you a year or two of training. The other benefit to growing smaller trees is that you have room for more varieties of your favorite fruits!

A 7 year old EZ Pick Nectarine

A 1 year old EZ Pick Plum

Come to Yamagami's Nursery for EZ-Pick fruit trees. We offer some of your favorite varieties of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines, peaches, and plums. Take advantage of some professionally trained trees for a head start on your backyard orchard! Follow our FREE Fruit Tree Planting Guide for guaranteed success.


Daphnes For Old-Fashioned
Garden Fragrance

Winter Daphne (Daphne odora), not only blooms in winter with bright pink buds that open to gleaming white flowers tinged with pink, it also scents the air with a sweet old-fashioned fragrance. Even when not in bloom, Daphne is attractive, with its glossy green leaves, often with a border of ivory. A small mounding shrub, it generally grows no taller than 4 feet tall. It is a lovely addition to the garden, especially at a time when so little else is putting on much of a show.

Winter Daphne

Although it is a different species, Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance' has that same intoxicating fragrance as Winter Daphne--just later in the season. It blooms over a longer period, too.

'Eternal Fragrance' offers clusters of pale pink flowers with an amazing perfume. It blooms repeatedly from spring into fall; a real garden gem. The plant grows to two to three feet tall and wide, making a beautiful compact border.

'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne

The important thing to know about growing Daphnes is that they need good drainage. Follow our Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellia Planting Guide for successful planting of Daphnes in the ground. Otherwise, in our clay soils, try planting in a raised bed, planting on a slope, or planting in a container. Daphnes thrive in morning sun with light shade in the afternoon. Come to Yamagami's Nursery and let our Nursery Pros help you build the fragrant garden of your dreams.


Amy's Picks:

Handy New Garden Tools from Yard Butler.

The Terra Tiller!

Here's a tool that makes garden maintenance a breeze. From its comfortable cushion grip to its sturdy steel claw and blade, the Terra Tiller was designed for effective cutting and cultivating. Its weight is what makes the blade side so effective for cutting and the three-pronged claw sturdy enough to yank out the toughest weeds and tough enough to break up compacted clay soil. This tool is not going to buckle when you put it to the ultimate test, your garden!

World's Greatest Rake and Shrub Rake:
Their names say it all!

These professional grade rakes offer “spring-back” tines, the best ever invented! The Leaf Rake has 20 free-floating, spring steel tines so flexible they can rake directly over bedding plants!

The Shrub Rake is a smaller version of the original spring-back rake. It is perfect for raking in smaller areas around shrubs, plants and hedges.

Make your gardening tasks easier with these terrific new tools. Come to Yamagami's and try them for yourself. We are here to help you succeed...the first time!


Moon Cacti
Are They From Outer Space?!

We have just received some Moon Cactus plants--and they really do look like they are extraterrestrial! Actually, they are a cactus without the chlorophyll that makes plants green. Instead they come in brilliant reds, pinks and orange. Because they have no chlorophyll, they cannot exist long on their own, so they are grafted onto a green cactus which keeps them alive.

They are the perfect windowsill plants, as they enjoy bright indirect light or even a little direct morning sun. Even better, they require little care. Let them dry out well in between waterings and feed lightly every couple of months. Use them to brighten up dorm rooms, offices, kitchen and bathroom windowsills. Even brown thumbs can succeed with these strange beauties!

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

Sat., Jan. 26th at 10 AM..

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, 27th 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 at 11 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.

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.

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

Sat., Feb. 23rd at 10 AM.


Coming Events

A Day to Celebrate Bees!   Sat., Feb 16th

FREE 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.

10 AM

FREE 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! 

1 PM

A Day to Celebrate Birds! Sun., Feb 17th

FREE Backyard Birds Talk with an emphasis on Hummingbirds by The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

11 AM


FREE. Come meet Jeckle, a tame crow, and his person, Jerome Soto. Jerome will give a talk, “All About Crows.”

1 PM and 2 PM.


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

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.


Chile Relleno Casserole--Great for Brunch!

What You Need

  • 10 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 (4-ounce cans) chopped green chilies
  • 1 pint cottage cheese
  • 4 cups grated Cheddar or jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

Step by Step

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease a 9x13-inch glass baking dish.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix the ingredients together in the order they are listed.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 15 minutes; reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.



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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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