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Edition 13.36 Yamagami's Garden Center September 5, 2013
  Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM  
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"Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."
~ Henry David Thoreau

Yamagami's 65th Anniversary Sale!

Yamagami’s Nursery is Celebrating 65 Years in Business!
Anniversary Sale
September 26th through September 29th, 2013

40% OFF Outdoor Plants in a 1 gallon size can or larger!
Discounts on on select other plants and garden supplies;
from 20% to 50% OFF

Make your plans now to take advantage of big savings during the perfect time to plant most plants!


Cool Color From Annie's Annuals

We have just received a fresh shipment of plant treasures from Annie's Annuals! She grows more than just annual color, she also offers colorful shrubs. Her offerings are usually an investment in future color as her business model is to offer what other color growers do not. That is, to offer unusual and heirloom varieties that are not likely to bloom in little pots.

In her color offerings are some wonderful snapdragons. Many of her varieties will live for years. We offer the following:

'Canary Bird'--deep yellow flowers growing to 3' tall. Long-blooming with strong stems, it's good for cutting.

'Chantilly Peach'--soft peach flowers growing 2 to 3' tall. Good for cutting. Cut old flowering stems back to 8” and it will rebloom.

'Double Azalea Apricot'--a fragrant beauty growing to 3' tall. Cut old flowering stems back to 6” and it will rebloom.

'Double Azalea Apricot'

Her shrub selection is eclectic and wonderful. Here is a sampling:

Cantua buxifolia, “Sacred Flower of the Andes”. We offer both the magenta form and the yellow form. These evergreen shrubs which cover themselves with 3” long tubular flowers in the spring are a delight for hummingbirds. They grow 6'-8' tall and are hardy to 20°F. They are gorgeous trained on an espalier.

Sacred Flower of the Andes

Iochromas are fast growing, easy to grow sub-tropical shrubs. We offer both the red-flowering I. coccinea and the purple/blue I. cyanea. They are related to angels' trumpets (also poisonous) and enjoy the same part-shade conditions and frost protection. In spring, cut back to keep them shapely and in bounds. Hummingbirds are crazy for them!

Iochroma cyanea

Psorlea pinnata, also know as Kool Aid bush (for its fragrance) is a show-stopper all summer long with sweet pea-like blue flowers. It is fast growing to about 12' and can be trained as a small tree. It is amazing what can grow from a 4" pot in one year. It is frost tender at temperatures below 30°F but recovers quickly.

Kool Aid bush

This is just a sample of Annie's treasures. Check our Annie's Annuals section regularly for exciting offerings.


Top 12 Vegetable Seeds to Plant Now!

Time to start seeds for your fall veggie garden. Started now, seeds will yield some early harvests this winter and then harvests through next spring. Following are the top 12 seed candidates for your cool season harvests:

The crucifers: broccoli. cabbage, cauliflower etc., perform best when started in flats or containers. Transplant the seedlings into the ground as soon as they are 2" to 3" tall. According to Renee Shepherd (Renee's Garden Seeds), early transplanting is the secret to getting crucifers to “head up" properly.

Carrots, beets, radishes and other root crops should be started directly into the ground as they don't transplant well. They all prefer a well–amended soil to be able to grow to their proper shape--especially carrots.

Peas, sugar snaps, and snow peas can be started in the ground or in containers, as can greens--lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.

Yamagami's Nursery offers Renee's Garden seed, Botanical Interest seed, and Kitazawa seed. You will find seed for container gardens, Asian vegetables, and a great selection of organic seed.

For seed starting, we supply Gardner & Bloome Seed Starting Mix, seed starting kits and heat mats. Amend your garden soil with Gardner & Bloome Harvest Supreme every season to build a healthy soil.

Consult our Vegetable Seed Planting Guide for timing and spacing information. We offer pretty much everything you need for your own great garden of eatin'. Come to Yamagami's when you want to 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.

Thurs., Sept. 26th through Sun, Sept. 29th
Yamagami's 65th Anniversary Sale!

40% OFF outdoor plants 1 gallon size and up! Additional sale items throughout the nursery.

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!


Artichoke, Fennel and Tricolor Tomato Salad

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:

  • 2 jars (6 1/2 oz. each) marinated artichoke hearts, drained (reserve marinade)
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 head fennel (about 3 in. wide)
  • 6 cups cherry tomatoes (use a mix of red, yellow, and orange, each about 3/4 in. wide), rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup pitted calamata olives
  • 1 cup lightly packed rinsed fresh basil leaves (3/4 to 1 1/2 in. long)
  • 1/2 cup slivered red onion
  • Fresh-ground pepper

Step by Step:

  • In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk 1/4 cup artichoke marinade (discard remainder or save for other uses), vinegar, mustard, and garlic.
  • Rinse and drain fennel. Cut off and save a few feathery green leaves for garnish.
  • Trim off and discard remaining stalks, root end, and any bruised areas. Cut head in half lengthwise across widest dimension, then cut each half crosswise into paper-thin slivers.
  • Add fennel, tomatoes, olives, basil, onion, and artichoke hearts to dressing in bowl. Mix gently to coat.
  • Garnish salad with reserved fennel leaves. Add pepper to taste.

Makes 10 servings


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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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