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Edition 13.30 Yamagami's Garden Center July 25, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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"How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


A Really Big Show:

Looking for showstopper color and you're not afraid of a bold blast? Tropicannas are the answer. These beauties are also a delight to hummingbirds, who find them irresistible. They are very tropical in appearance but since they go dormant in the winter, they are quite hardy in local gardens. The Tropicannas are hybrids developed for major impact--and they deliver! They do equally well in the ground or in containers with 6 hours of sun per day. They do best with regular garden watering.

The original' Tropicanna' has 4' to 6' tall stems, with burgundy foliage striped with red, yellow and green. It is then topped with rich orange blossoms throughout the summer. It's a showstopper!

'Tropicanna Gold,' a newer development, offers bright green leaves with gold stripes. Golden-orange flowers top the plants.

'Tropicanna Black' is a stunner, with deep purple, nearly black foliage and scarlet-orange flowers. It is really dramatic when planted with the other Tropicannas.


Grow A Taste Of The Tropics!

For a taste of tropical paradise, grow your own passionfruit! We have just received some 'Nancy Garrison' fruiting passionflower vines. Yes, they are named for our own local fruit guru, Nancy Garrison. They are better suited to our climate than either seedlings or other named varieties. For best success, plant them on a south or west-facing wall for the extra heat and protection from frost. Enjoy their fascinating flowers as well as their fragrant fruit!

Bananas can be successfully grown in the South Bay when you offer protection for temperatures below 32° F. We currently offer 2 varieties.

'Mysore,' which comes from India, but is grown for its sweet and tangy "Lady Finger" fruit.

Plant it with a tall stake, as it is a fast grower reaching 15 feet tall. You'll want the stake not for the plant, but to help support the fruiting stalk bearing huge clusters of tasty fruit.

Even when no fruit is present, 'Mysore' is a handsome tropical addition to your garden.

Mysore Banana stalk

Double Mahoi' is a dwarf banana that grows from 5 to 7 feet tall.

A very rare and unusual plant, it produces two large heads of fruit on the same plant (mahoi means twins in Hawaiian).

The fruit is is very tasty and sweet. 'Double Mahoi' is a 'Dwarf Cavendish' mutation. It makes a great container plant.

'Double Mahoi' banana twin stalks

Come to Yamagami's for the finest selection of edible plants around. Let us help you with your garden of eatin'!


Izu Persimmons!

We just received some more Izu persimmons! If you love Fuyu persimmons but want a smaller tree, Izus are for you! They are a little rounder than Fuyus but are just as sweet and crunchy. The trees get only about 12' tall, making them great for smaller spaces.

They are in 7 gallon size cans and are off to a great start. They can be tricky from bareroot so this is the way to go! Stock is limited, so come claim yours now!


The Importance Of Being Mulched!

The dog days of summer can leave many garden plants scorched and tired looking, even when they have been well-watered. One reason is that plant roots that are too hot cannot pump water efficiently, even when there is plenty of water to be had. The secret to keeping the summer garden looking fresh is to keep roots cool. Mulch is simply the most important thing you can do for your summer garden. We are here to help!

Through July 31, when you buy three bales of Gardner & Bloome Soil Building Compost (SBC), you'll get one free! SBC is an excellent mulch which contains beneficial microbes to help roots process water and fertilizer more efficiently.

Other benefits to mulching include saving on your water usage and bill, suppression of weeds, and making the garden look finished. Mulch breaks down and should be renewed yearly, but don't worry, nothing is wasted. In the process of breaking down it provides humic acid, which continues to feed and condition your soil. Thus, the importance of being mulched cannot be overstated!


Fairy Gardens

Have fun creating a miniature landscape container garden. These whimsical creations are called Fairy Gardens.

Yamagami’s offers not just suitable plants, but also fairy garden décor ranging from doors, to stepping stones and benches.

Tiny fairy ceramic mushrooms (Shroomyz) add vivid color and charm. They are so cute you may want to make a garden of them.

We have everything you need to create a Fairy Garden at home. Come in and take a look!.


Rethinking Your Lawn?
Save This Date!

If you are considering converting some or all of your lawn to a water-wise, low-maintenance landscape, this is for you! On Saturday, October 19th, Bay Friendly Gardening presents "Rethink Your Lawn." It may seem far away, but October is the ideal month for planting natives and other water-wise plants.


Go to: for more information about the Bay Friendly Landscaping And Gardening Coalition.


Coming Events

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

Moonlight Madness
Spin our Wheel of Fortune to receive 20% to 65% off your purchase!

SAVE the date: Sat., Oct. 19th

Bay Friendly Gardening presents "Rethink Your Lawn" If you are considering converting some or all of your lawn to a water-wise, low maintenance landscape, this is for you! 10:00  to 11:30 AM.

It's FREE!


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.


Grilled Corn with Chili Avocado Butter

What You'll Need:

  • 8 ears corn
  • 4 small tomatoes (quartered)
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 small avocado (seeded, peeled, chopped)
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • Salt to taste

Step by Step:

  • Remove husks and silks from corn.
  • Snap each ear of corn crosswise into 2 or 3 pieces.
  • Set a 1-gallon sealable plastic bag in a large, shallow bowl; place corn and tomato pieces in bag.
  • Pour in salad dressing.
  • Seal bag and let vegetables stand for 20 minutes or refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours, turning bag once or twice.
  • Meanwhile, slightly mash the avocado with a fork in a small bowl.
  • Stir in the butter, the 1 teaspoon chili powder or ground red pepper, and the salt.
  • Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove corn from marinade. Sprinkle corn with additional chili powder if desired.
  • Place corn on the rack of the grill directly over medium-high heat. Grill for 5 to 10 minutes, turning once.
  • Serve corn with chili-avocado butter, with the marinated tomatoes on the side.

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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