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Edition 13.34 Yamagami's Garden Center August 22, 2013
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Featured Quote:

"Nature does have manure and she does have roots as well as blossoms, and you can't hate the manure and blame the roots for not being blossoms."

~ Buckminster Fuller


Chilean Guavas:
Fantastic Edible Ornamental

Chilean Guava (Ugni molinae) is a delightful addition to the garden, with pretty, fragrant flowers and tasty red fruit.

It makes a sweet hedge, whether in its natural shape or formally pruned. It has glossy red new growth which later turns green. Then, its white bell flowers turn into bright red fruit.

Allow the fruit to ripen fully for maximum sweetness, otherwise it has a "piney" flavor. It is frost-hardy and bears in full sun to part shade. The fruit makes a delicious jam.

Yamagami's currently offers them in 1 gallon and 5 gallon size containers.


Red Hot Poker Plants

We have just received fresh "Red Hot Poker" plants (Kniphofia) in bud and bloom. They are all in the Popsicle series, meaning they have compact, sturdy stems (2 to 3 ft. tall) and are long-blooming.

They include 'Pineapple Popsicle' (yellow), 'Mango Popsicle' (orange) and 'Red Hot Popsicle' (red). They are sun-loving perennials; drought-hardy, deer-resistant, and a great favorite of hummingbirds! Add Kniphofias to your summer garden for a low-maintenance blast of color.


2013 Fruit Tasting Report

One of my favorite parts of my job is going to fruit tastings at Dave Wilson Nursery. This is an opportunity to try new and old favorites, plus experimental fruit not on the market. DWN hosts these tastings so we can experience their offerings and better sell them to our customers--and also to use us as guinea pigs for new developments. They publish the results every year and have collected results of dozens of tastings. Since taste is so subjective, it is helpful to see the cumulative results. Every tasting re-affirms my favorites and helps me find new favorites.

Happy tasting!

Because my favorite fruit are sweet and tart, pluots are among my all-time favorites. This year I was thrilled by two pluots, one I have loved at first taste, and one I had not cared for before. 'Dapple Dandy' has been my favorite for several years. My tree at home produces loads of delicious fruit. This year 'Flavor Grenade' was even better! It is oval, kind of grenade shaped, but I think it got its name because it explodes with flavor in your mouth. Previously I had not much cared for 'Flavor Queen' because it seemed sweet without a distinctive flavor. Many other folks, including other staff members, love it. This year I found out why. It was very sweet, but also quite flavorful. If I were starting my orchard all over again, I would plant one of each and probably all in the same hole.

'Flavor Grenade'

Other taste treats included several white nectarines. If your favorite fruit is super-sweet, then any of the Arctic series of white nectarines are for you. Wow! They deliver. We got to sample a newer white peach shaped like 'Donut,' called 'Sauzee Lady.' It will not be available until 2016...but just wait! It's a beauty with great flavor. Once again, 'Shinseiki' Asian Pear was delicious, crisp and juicy. No wonder it is a long-time favorite!


Our Special Order Fruit Tree program means you can special order almost all of Dave Wilson's trees to arrive bareroot, Click here to see the entire 2014 SOFT List. The trees will start to arrive in January 2014. The SOFT program expires November 6th. Don't miss this chance to get the best price for the variety and rootstock best for your taste and garden.


Sangria Ornamental Pepper

Sangria ornamental peppers are like a party in a pot. Incredibly profuse, they cover themselves with brightly colored fruit. The peppers start off green then turn orange, red, lilac, and end up purple.

They are great in seasonal container gardens and will bloom until frost. They grow to about 1 ft. tall and 1 1/2 ft. wide. The peppers are grown for their beauty, not for flavor or heat. They are edible, though.


Late Summer Fruit Tree Care

As harvest season draws to a close, it's time to recharge your trees for next year. Begin by removing any "mummies" (dried-up fruit).

Clean up any dropped fruit or diseased leaves from under your trees.

Follow this with a feeding of Gardner & Bloome Fruit Tree Fertilizer and deep watering.



Some pruning can be done to control size, but most trees get shaped in January or February when they have no leaves.

The big exception is apricots. Apricots should be pruned in August--and never in the winter. They are susceptible to a locally prevalent disease (Eutypa die-back) that is spread during cold, wet weather.

Citrus can look a little pale this time of the year. If you notice yellowish leaves with green veins, it means that your soil is too alkaline.

We recommend a two-pronged fix. Spray the tree with a dilution of Maxsea Acid Formula for a faster response and add GrowMore Soil Sulfur to your soil for a slower but longer lasting effect

You can repeat the Maxsea feeding in 2 weeks. You can reapply the Soil Sulfur every spring and every late summer/fall.

Citrus and avocados can be pruned in early spring to shape. They generally do not need heavy pruning. If they get frost damage, do not remove the damage until April.

You may be able to prevent frost damage with the help of our Frost Protection Guide. We are here so you will succeed...the first time!


Coming Events

Nicholas Staddon

Sat., Sept. 14th from 10 AM to 2 PM

Preview Showcase of exciting plant introductions from Monrovia. Steve Morrill will be here to show and tell some recent introductions. He will feature Nicholas Staddon’s Hot Picks for 2014. Nicholas Staddon is in charge of plant introductions for Monrovia and evaluates plants from all over the world. Come see what’s new! FREE! Steve will answer your questions.

Wednesday, October 2nd

Yamagami's is once again participating in Great Schools Week, by donating 5% of our total sales that day. Come shop and support our local schools!

SAVE the date: Sat., Oct. 19th, from 10:00  to 11:30 AM.

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!

It's FREE!


Recipe from Renee's Garden: Baked Stuffed Tomatoes

Here's a perfectly delicious way to enjoy your biggest, juiciest, sun-kissed garden beauties as a main course; just toss a simple green salad to join them. Also scrumptious for lunch the next day, heated up in the microwave.

What You'll Need:

  • 9-10 large ripe tomatoes
  • 1 pound mild (sweet) Italian sausage
  • 3/4 cups uncooked Arborio or long grain rice
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Asiago or Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Step by Step:

  • Remove stems from tomatoes, then cut off tops and reserve them.
  • With a sharp knife, cut a thin slice off the bottoms so they sit flat, then carve out the inside of the tomatoes, leaving the shell intact.
  • Chop up the tomato pulp and bottom slices coarsely and put in a bowl. Drain and reserve their juices separately in a cup.
  • Remove casings and crumble sausage in a deep skillet.
  • Sauté over medium heat, stirring to break up the meat until it looses all pink color and fat is rendered. Drain and discard fat.
  • Combine chopped tomato pulp, uncooked rice, garlic, basil, parsley, cheese, cooked crumbled sausage, and add salt and freshly ground pepper.
  • Liberally oil a 9x12 oven- proof baking pan with 2 tablespoons of the oil and put tomato shells inside.
  • Stuff each with tomato mixture and then top with their reserved tops.
  • Pour over any reserved tomato juice and dribble 2 tablespoons olive oil over the tops.
  • Bake at 400 for about 55-60 minutes or until rice is just tender and tops of tomatoes are nicely browned. Cool in pan, serving when still warm.

Serves 8

Find more great garden-inspired recipes in Renee's Cookbooks: Recipes from a Kitchen Garden, and More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden.


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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.
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