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Edition 13.28 Yamagami's Garden Center July 11, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  

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"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
~Mirabel Osler


Golden Crane Hydrangea

We are excited to offer an exciting new hydrangea, 'Golden Crane.' It has a white lace-cap flower that is very fragrant! It is also an early bloomer which, if not pruned, can begin blooming in mid-spring! It grows to about 5' tall and wide, with a rounded form. 'Golden Crane' is an Asian introduction from noted plant collector Dan Hinkley. We were only able to get a limited supply, so come in quickly if you are intrigued.


Hawaiian Fragrances at Home

Longing for the fragrant tropical breezes of the Islands? You can add the scent of aloha to your garden with a couple of flowering sub-tropical plants. They are well-suited to container gardens.

Interested in growing your own leis? We have just received a shipment of Plumeria (Frangipani) whose beauty and fragrance are a symbol of Hawaiian bliss.

We received a great selection of colors. Come get them quickly, as supply is limited. Follow our Plumeria Guide and enjoy the sweet smell of success.

It's hard to beat Pikake or Arabian jasmine when it comes to fragrance. The sweet fragrance of even a single blossom can transport you right back to a tropical paradise.

We offer both the single-flowered variety as well as the double-flowered 'Grand Duke.'

The scent of ginger blossoms will carry you back to days and nights of Island bliss. We offer 'Dr. Moy' ginger, a gorgeous and very fragrant plant.

Even when not in bloom, it is stunning, with its variegated leaves and tropical foliage.

Let your garden transport you to a tropical paradise without hassling with airports. An umbrella drink, a chaise, and it can be yours! Let us help you create Hawaii at home.


Summer Color Choices

Visit Yamagami's this summer and discover dramatic, heat-loving bloomers. Whether you have sun or shade, are planting in garden beds or containers, you'll find abundant color choices. Here are a few of Ruben's (our color buyer) favorites.

Begonias are star performers of the shade garden. Tired of planting old faithful bedding begonias? Try planting some new varieties for pizzazz.

It's hard to beat the big impact Tuberous Begonias give to a shade garden. Their huge, velvety blossoms are dazzling. They are available in a wide range of colors.

Since they are a tuber, with proper care, you can enjoy their display for many summers to come.

'Santa Cruz Sunset' Begonia is a new variety (2012) that is simply stunning. It was bred to be heat tolerant, and for a begonia, drought tolerant. It will even take sun!

It has a mounding, trailing habit and is best planted in a container where its form can best be appreciated. Its bright orangey red flowers pretty much cover the plant from late spring to frost. With frost protection, it can be over-wintered.

Evolvulus 'Blue My Mind' is another new mounder/trailer, but this time for the sun. Its true blue blossoms add cool color to hot spots spring through fall.

It makes a gorgeous “skirt" around the base of taller plants and plays well with others in containers. Unlike some of its morning glory relatives, it stays tidy and full about 1 ft tall and 2 ft wide.

'Kent Beauty' Oregano has silvery foliage and cascading clusters of pink flowers in pale pink bracts. The flowers are quite unusual and are often dried to use in arrangements.

The plant stays low (6") and spreads 1 to 2 feet wide. Although its foliage is fragrant, it is not generally used as a spice. But, that fragrance keeps it off the preferred dinner menu of deer.

These are just a few of the beautiful bloomers now in stock. Come see our fine collection of summer-loving color and add pizzazz to your outdoor living.


Enjoy the Fruits of Your Labor

Protect Your Harvest The fruit is ripening on your backyard fruit trees, and the vegetables in your garden are looking really good. You're starting to anticipate a fabulous harvest. Unfortunately, so are the birds, squirrels and other critters.

If you are reluctant to share your garden with your feathered and four-legged friends, consider covering your tree with fruit tree netting. Fruit tree netting is easy to cut, piece together and install.

For Fruit Trees
Wrap netting around or drape over your trees (for tall trees, use a pole to lift the netting over tree tops). Gather it at the trunk and secure it with twist ties. Just roll back edge of netting for easy harvesting. Often, even if you thin your fruit, tree branches can break from the weight of the ripening fruit. If you see branches starting to bend, support them with a Prop-a-Crop. This handy tool resembles a crutch and will save not only the branch, but also your valuable crop.

For Vegetable Gardens, Grapes, or Berries
Simply drape fabric over garden and secure with stakes, or weigh down the corners with heavy objects. To protect seeds, seedlings, and upright plants, elevate netting 6" or more above the ground using stakes, wire, etc. Lift the netting for easy harvesting. Fruit tree netting is not only durable and lightweight, but also strong enough to protect your garden from thieving birds and other garden pests. It's a safe alternative to chemicals and is reusable season after season. Pick some up today and protect your much-anticipated harvest.


Coming Events

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

Moonlight Madness
Tuesday, August 20th from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Details to come.


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 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.


Cool as a Cucumber Soup!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium cucumber, unpeeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 12 to 16 cucumber slices for garnish (optional)
  • 6 to 8 mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Step by Step:

  • Combine cucumbers, onion, sour cream, chicken broth, parsley, salt, white pepper and nutmeg in a blender.
  • Process mixture just until well blended.
  • Pour cucumber soup into a large bowl.
  • Chill covered for 2 hours or longer.
  • Ladle soup into individual soup bowls.
  • Garnish with cucumber slices and mint sprigs if desired.

Mmm, mmm, good!

Serves 6 to 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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