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Edition 13.17 Yamagami's Garden Center April 25, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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In the spring, I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.
~Mark Twain


Pacific Coast Irises

You don't have to have a "native" garden to appreciate the show Pacific Coast irises put on every spring! They are easy to grow and maintain.

They have been hybridized from "wild" native irises and are available in a delightful range of colors from white to yellow to reddish to purple and blue--plus combinations of those colors.

Yamagami's has just received a fresh shipment of rainbow colors, so you can pick the ones that will go best in your garden.

Pacific Coast irises grow in tidy evergreen clumps, usually from 1 to 2 feet tall, with beautiful flowers waving above.

They can be quite drought tolerant when established but will also tolerate garden watering, if allowed to dry out in between waterings. They prefer sun, but will also tolerate some light shade. In other words, almost anyone can grow them.

Come in quickly to choose yours while selection is good!


'Letter Perfect'

'Bronze Baby'
Photo credit:
Beech Street Gardens


Washington Open Elementary School Garden Project:
You Can Help!


For the last three years, Yamagami's Nursery has supported the Garden Project at Washington Open Elementary School by donating 5% of our sales for one day. This year, the day is Saturday, April 27th.

It started as a dream and has become an important part of the curriculum. Many lessons are learned from the garden and gardening experience. The children learn about the science of how plants grow. They learn about the different edible parts of a plant--leaves, roots, etc. They learn about nutrition and the importance of vegetables. They learn about math from measuring their garden beds and spacing of plants. They also get to enjoy eating the produce and including it on their pizzas.

Cherie Ruiz, the Parent Coordinator of the Garden Project, tells us that there are still a lot of things they hope to accomplish with the funds. As an open school, parent participation is required and Cherie coordinates their efforts.

As the gardens grow, there is a constant need for tools like wheelbarrows, shovels, etc. Hose bibs need to be added; paths are needed, and maintenance is always ongoing. Frost has been a challenge and, sadly, so has vandalism. Yet the Garden Project moves forward. Current plans include moving and revamping their Butterfly Garden and the installation of a Water-Wise Garden. So many great learning opportunities for kids!

Join us in supporting these efforts by shopping on Saturday, April 27th, from 9 AM to 6 PM, and know that you are helping kids (and their parents) learn about the wonders of a garden!

Erica's Enchanted Garden

Chris' Beautiful Garden


Plants For The Brown Thumb
Cacti and Succulents!

We have recently received a terrific group of cactus and succulent plants and combination planters.

If you want forgiving container gardens that are low-water users with fascinating forms, these are the plants for you! Large and small sizes are available.

They will live indoors in bright light, and outdoors in full sun for some--half sun for others.

You CAN grow these wonders. They thrive on benign neglect.


Back By Popular Demand:
Encore Azaleas!

For those of you who have clamored for an encore appearance of Encore Azaleas, they're back!

This collection of azaleas has earned a lot of fans due to their repeat blooming. No longer just a spring fling, Encore's azaleas deliver blooms intermittently through summer and fall. In fact, they all have "Autumn" in their names. They are also more sun and heat tolerant then other strains.

We are offering 9 varieties in #1 cans. Follow our FREE Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellia Planting Guide for guaranteed success. If you are looking for glamorous color, Encore Azaleas are for you!

Spring Special: #1 size Encore Azaleas regularly $24.95 each. NOW $19.97 each. Limited to stock on hand; while supplies last.

'Autumn Angel'

'Autumn Chiffon'

'Autumn Embers'


Artichoke--the Delicious Thistle!

An artichoke (Cynara scolymus or C. cardunculus) is a giant thistle which becomes a beautiful flower. Well, it could become a beautiful flower--if we didn't pick it as a flower bud and eat it as a vegetable.

Artichokes, native to the Mediterranean region, were later introduced to Southern Europe and Asia. The artichoke has dramatic and sculptured gray green foliage that is very attractive in your vegetable garden. In fact, this vegetable is beautiful in your ornamental garden, too!

An artichoke's overall form is almost like a fountain; it needs up to 4 feet of space for full growth. It likes full sun and regular watering. Water it deeply about once a week after it is established.

Aphids, snails, slugs, and earwigs tend to be the artichoke pests. Blast the aphids and earwigs off with water using a Bug Blaster. We recommend all-organic Sluggo for the snails and slugs.

The best time to harvest your artichokes is once the edible flower buds are 2-4 inches in diameter. Cut off the bud, including 1.5 inches of stem with the bud.

At the end of the season, cut back the old bearing stems/foliage to near ground level and mulch around the remaining plant. Don't forget to give your artichokes Gardner & Bloome Tomato and Vegetable Fertilizer.


Greener Container Gardening Alternative: Ecoforms

Ecoforms are attractive, lightweight pots, made from renewable resources and biodegradable! They are a much-needed petroleum-free alternative to plastic pots.

Ecoforms are from a Northern California company which uses solar power and uses bio-diesel powered delivery trucks. They practice what they preach!

Outside, Ecoforms will last 5 years; indoors, much longer. They come in an assortment of gentle colors, shapes and sizes. Create a greener container garden with Ecoforms. Come in today to see our selection.


Coming Events

FREE Tomato Talks

Learn tips for growing healthy, abundantly producing tomato plants.

Saturdays, April 13th and 27th, at 10 AM, with Carolyn Villa-Scott

Sundays, April 14th and 28th, at 11 AM, with Lorena Gorsche.

Benefit for Washington Open Elementary School on Saturday, April 27th.

5% of all proceeds for the day go to support their Garden Project.

May 12th is Mother’s Day.

Rather than cut flowers, how about giving her a rose bush that will continue to blossom? How about giving her a pot full of herbs or flowers for a long lasting reminder that you care?

FREE Fuchsia Show and Talk. Saturday, June 1 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Talks at 12 noon and 1 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.


Grilled Island Chicken

What You'll Need:

  • 1 tsp. grated lime rind
  • 1/4-cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. finely chopped jalapeņo pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 3 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • Cooking spray

Step by Step:

  • Combine the first 12 ingredients in a blender; process until well blended.
  • Pour mixture into a large heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; add onion and chicken.
  • Seal bag; marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  • Remove chicken from bag; discard marinade.
  • Place chicken on grill rack coated with cooking spray.
  • Grill chicken, with grill cover on, for 10 minutes on each side or until done.


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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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