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Edition 13.23 Yamagami's Garden Center June 6, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  

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"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
~John Burroughs


A Pepper for Poppa

Celebrate Dad with a garden gift! Better yet, bring him into the nursery and let him choose whatever catches his fancy. Yamagami's will give a FREE Pepper Plant in a 4" pot to any Dad with any purchase on Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16.

He can take his choice from any variety in stock--from incendiary to sweet and crisp. Yamagami's Nursery wishes all Dads a Happy Father's Day!


Angel's Trumpets
Sound Like Heaven!

Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia) blast color, drama and fragrance in the summer garden. Their huge (8" – 12" long!) trumpet flowers are a wonder to behold. The plants are fast growing from 6 to 15 feet tall. They do best in full morning sun and part shade in the afternoon. They are somewhat frost-tender so plant them in a protected spot or use some frost protection during the coldest parts of the winter. Colors range from white to yellow to golden to pink. We have just received 6 gorgeous varieties!

To learn more about them, attend the FREE talk by David Cavanaugh on Saturday, June 8th at 10 AM.


Cavanaugh Color

For many years we have offered annual and perennial flowers, vegetables, and blooming landscape plants from Cavanaugh Color, a family-run nursery in Watsonville. On June 8th, at 10 AM, we are thrilled to host the patriarch and founder of the nursery, David Cavanaugh. He will be speaking about several of their summer-blooming plants including large blooming Dahlias, dramatic Brugmansias (Angel’s Trumpets), oh-so-showy Clematis and the ever-popular cut flower, Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily). As a grower, David has experience with what each of them needs for maximum show. He also has extensive gardens of his own, so he knows how to keep them thriving for years. Come learn how to have gorgeous summer color in your garden! It’s FREE!



Yamagami's Nursery offers several forms of basil, each with its own unique flavor. Basil is well known as a digestive, as well as to have antibacterial properties. Its oils are also extracted for their aromatherapy qualities. It's the flavor, though, that we appreciate the most. Here are some of the most popular varieties:

For old-school pesto, there's Sweet Basil. Chiffonade or leave whole its large aromatic leaves and use as garnish on many dishes.

Thai Basil has smaller leaves and a licorice flavor. It is often used, stems and all, as a delicious garnish for soups and curries.

Spicy Globe Basil grows as a small, dense bush with tiny leaves packing an intense flavor. It is really cute in containers.

Purple Basil (Opal) has deep purple leaves and is beautiful on the plate. Its color is dulled when cooked, but the flavor stays true.

Come in to see our entire selection. Grow as much as you can during the summer. It freezes well and can then be used all winter long, when it can't be grown. Plant basils in sun, and water regularly. Fresh or frozen is SO much tastier than dried--prettier too!


Summer Lawn Care

Summertime means maintaining your lawn's comfort by following a few guidelines regarding the heat. It's time to let your lawn get a little taller to protect its roots from the intense sun. Set your mower height at 2.5" to 3" for a bluegrass/ryegrass blend or at 2" for tall fescue. Mow when the grass is only 1/3 taller than you want it. (If someone else mows for you, ask them to clean their mower blades to stop the spread of weed seeds from other yards.)

Lawn watering can be puzzling. It is not the case where more is better. You will need to know how much and how evenly your watering system is applying water. We offer a FREE Lawn Watering Guide that can help you make that determination. It has a chart that shows how long to run your system every three days. If you are currently watering more often than that, you should gradually adapt your lawn to less frequent watering.

Your lawn needs to be fed to maintain its lush, green appearance without forcing it into fast, soft growth that will require extra water and be more susceptible to disease. We recommend Gardner & Bloome Natural & Organic Lawn Fertilizer 8-1-1 as the perfect feed. It contains beneficial microbes to boost the root system's efficiency and to help the grass resist diseases.

Did you know that we offer a FREE Lawn Care Reminder Service? Click here to sign up. You will receive timely reminder emails about what your lawn needs. When you sign up, you will receive a printable coupon to take $4 off a 18 lb bag of Gardner & Bloome Natural & Organic Lawn Fertilizer 8-1-1.



Summer Celebration Sale!

June 20th through July 3rd

Up to 40% OFF Select Plants
in 1 gallon size and up!

Sale includes Select Fruit Trees, Roses, Shrubs,
Vines and Berries!

Sale is NOT limited to stock on hand

Yamagami’s Nursery is closed July 4th.



Coming Events

FREE Cavanaugh Color in the Summer Garden Talk on Saturday, June 8th at 10 AM.

Grower Dave Cavanaugh talks about clematis, dahlias, Peruvian lilies and angel's trumpets. Learn how to succeed with these glamorous bloomers and other summer color!

FREE Watering 101 Talks with Alan Tagami on Sat., June 15th at 10 AM and Sun., June 16th at 11 AM.

Learn the principles of efficient watering for a healthy garden.

Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, August 3rd to benefit the Clara B. Rees Iris Society.


Ongoing Events

Dianne Jensen can guide you through the design and planting process of creating your own colorful container gardens and salad bowl. 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 Skirt Steak with Cherry Salsa

What You'll Need:

  • 3 pounds skirt steak (trimmed of excess fat)
  • 3 cloves garlic (peeled, mashed)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups fresh cherries (pitted)
  • 1 small shallot (minced)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cilantro (chopped)

Step by Step:

  • Place skirt steak, garlic, three tablespoons olive oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
  • Combine well and allow the steaks to marinade for at least a few hours or overnight.
  • Combine cherries, shallot, jalapeño, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste, and one tablespoon olive oil in a medium bowl.
  • Allow to sit (refrigerated) for one to three hours.
  • Taste for seasonings, and add a pinch of sugar if the cherries are not too sweet.
  • Gently fold in cilantro.
  • Heat grill or indoor grill pan to medium heat, being sure to oil the grates or the pan.
  • Grill steaks for 3-5 minutes per side or to your desired degree of doneness.
  • Place steaks on a large serving platter and allow to rest for up to 10 minutes.
  • Thinly slice meat against the grain and top with salsa.
  • Enjoy!

Note: Although this recipe calls for specific peppers, onions, and herbs, be creative and use whatever you or your local market has in season. Basil can stand in for cilantro; roasted poblano can take the place of jalapeño; scallions can swap with the shallot.Fresh salsas are very forgiving and stand up well to plenty of culinary "trial and error!" 

Serves 6 to 8

Erica Emme, Market Chef
Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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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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