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Edition 13.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 7, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM  
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"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
~ Cora Lea Bell


Xin Nian Kuai Le
Happy Chinese New Year!


Chinese New Year starts on February 10th. It's the Year of the Snake! Plants and fruit are an important part of the celebration, especially kumquats, whose lovely fruit symbolize prosperity.

We have some beautiful kumquats in stock for your celebration as well as many flowering plants. Let us help you set a golden and bright stage for a prosperous new year.


Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush, the Blueberry Bush, and Now...the Raspberry Bush!

That's right, Yamagami's Nursery is featuring 'Raspberry Shortcake,' a new bush form of raspberry. If the prospect of harvesting a wall of thorns has kept you from growing raspberries, 'Raspberry Shortcake' is the perfect solution. Not only a dwarf (2 to 3 feet tall), 'Raspberry Shortcake' is also thornless! You can grow them in containers as well as in the ground. They do not even need staking! Best of all, the berries are super sweet and tasty, according to members of our staff who were lucky enough to taste last year's harvest.

We also offer many varieties of blueberries as well as a Blueberry Guide for success. You should plant a least two varieties for cross-pollination and a heavier crop. 'Bountiful Blue' is an exceptionally beautiful bush. It offers the bluest foliage of any blueberry and simply glows in the garden. The "Bountiful" in its name refers to its very prolific crop of sweet and tasty fruit. A rounded and compact plant, 'Bountiful Blue' gets 3 to 4 feet tall. It is nearly evergreen in mild winters and would make a gorgeous border plant.

This year. we were finally able to get a few 'Black Beauty' mulberries in bush form. It is the smallest of the mulberry trees, growing only to 15 feet tall. When pruned and grown as a bush, it can be kept under 8 feet tall for both ease of harvest and ease of netting to thwart thieving birds. As its name implies, its berries are dark and luscious, like a large, sweet blackberry.

Come to Yamagami's Nursery and round up some berry bushes for your garden! Let us help you create your own garden of eatin'!


A Valentine For Your Valentine!

'Valentine' Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) is a new cultivar of the old-fashioned perennial bleeding hearts. What makes it so special is that the daintily dangling hearts are much redder in color than the old-fashioned ones. Even the new foliar growth is tinged with purple. The arching flowering stems can get 2 to 2 1/2 feet tall, atop ferny clumps of icy green foliage. Its flowers can last up to two weeks in a vase! It is such a romantic and beautiful plant.

'Valentine' Bleeding Heart blooms in late winter and early spring, when little else is going on in the garden. It is happiest in morning sun and afternoon shade or bright filtered shade all day. It goes dormant in the summer, then the clump bursts forth again in winter. Inter-plant it with hostas, abutilons and fuchsias for a very long perennial color display designed to thrill your hummingbirds!.

Give a 'Valentine' to someone special, like maybe yourself! Your hummingbirds will thank you. To learn more about hummingbirds, be sure to attend our FREE Backyard Birds talk on February 17th. See Coming Events for details.


A Great Valentine's Day Gift:
David Austin Roses!

David Austin (English) roses have arrived. These beauties feature the best of modern hybrid roses, with the enchanting forms and fragrance of old roses.They vary greatly in size and shape of plant but the one thing they have in common is old-fashioned charm. Look for the following varieties currently in stock:

'Crown Princess Margareta'


'Gertrude Jekyll'

'Golden Celebration'

'Jude the Obscure'

'Lady Emma Hamilton'

'Mary Rose'

'Sophy's Rose'

'Teasing Georgia'

'The Generous Gardener'

Surprise someone special with a David Austin Rose for years of glorious blossoms. Come in while we still have a good supply, as these specialty roses sell out quickly!

'Gertrude Jekyll'

'Lady Emma Hamilton'

'Sophy's Rose'


Rock Around the Garden!!

Yamagami's Nursery is rocking out! We now offer 40 lb. bags of rocks to use in the garden as attractive groundcover and as a decorative element in the landscape.

We offer five styles: Mexican Beach Pebble (in two different size stones). Parchment Pebble, Sunburst, and Sonora Shiner. We have also increased the varieties of rocks that we offer in small bags to accommodate indoor and container uses.

Best of all, we are now offering some very earthy stepping stones in Charcoal and Cafe Brown that are very attractive without taking away from the beauty of your plantings.

Come in to see our display and rock out in your 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 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.

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.

Sun., March 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.


Guinness Roast Beef
An Irish Tradition

What You Need

  • One 3-4 lb. Beef Regal Rump Roast
  • 3 tbsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp. garlic salt
  • 2-3 cups Guinness
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups cut carrots
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced in strips
  • 2-3 potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. flour

Step by Step

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Rinse roast and pat dry.
  • Mix pepper and garlic salt; rub onto all sides of roast.
  • Place roast on bottom of clay or metal roasting pan; add oil, bay leaf, 2 cups Guinness and 1 cup water (or 3 cups Guinness for stronger flavor).
  • Roast covered for 90 minutes.
  • Add vegetables, roast covered for 30 minutes. Add more liquid, if necessary.
  • Remove meat and veggies to a platter.

For the gravy

  • Pour liquid from roasting pan into a small saucepan, and heat to near boiling.
  • Mix well: 1/2 cup COLD water and flour.
  • Add flour/water mixture slowly to saucepan, while stirring constantly.
  • Reduce to simmer, and stir until thickened.

Yield: 4 servings


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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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