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Edition 14.02 Yamagami's Garden Center January 9, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM

Featured Quote:

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Happy Chinese New Year!

The Chinese New Year 4712 begins on January 31, 2014. It is the Year of the Horse.

While Western New Year celebrations are about drinking and welcoming in the new year, Chinese New Year celebrations involve two weeks of honoring friends and family, feasting and fireworks.

Traditionally, the feasting includes several "Good Luck" foods; principal among them is citrus. Golden citrus, like Mandarin oranges and kumquats, are often featured both in the cuisine and in decorations. They are said to symbolize prosperity and luck. For display, citrus with leaves symbolizes longevity as well.

Kumquat trees with fruit are also displayed and are frequently gilded and decorated with red ribbons. Kumquat fruit is preserved and served on trays with other delicacies as yet another prosperity offering.

Celebrate Chinese New Year in your home and garden with the wealth of golden citrus to be found at Yamagami's. We offer many varieties that thrive here--in the ground or in containers.

Bring home some prosperity! Kung Hei Fat Choi!


Roses Are Here!

Hundreds of roses have arrived, including old favorites and the latest award- winners. They are in biodegradable paper pots, ready to be planted. We offer bush roses, tree roses and climbing roses. Let us help you choose the best ones for your garden.

Bush roses can be Floribundas, meaning they have a bouquet of blossoms per stem and a compact (2' to 4' tall) plant; Hybrid Teas, meaning they bear a single flower per stem on a medium-sized (4' to 5' tall) plant; or Grandifloras, meaning some multiple flowered stems, and some single flowered stems on tall (6' plus) plants. Floribundas make showy compact borders, Hybrid Teas are for cutting or exhibition, and Grandifloras make great taller borders. There is something just right for every garden and gardener.

Plant a wall of color with climbing roses. Few plants offer the kind of dramatic display of color as roses, since they can bloom nine months (or more) of the year! Grow them on arbors or pergolas for a classic "welcome to my garden"look. Train them on white picket fences for the timeless perfect home picture.

'Coretta Scott King' Rose
New for 2014

Rose trees are really rose bushes that have been grafted on to a tall, straight trunk. This means some are bushier and some are more upright. What makes them so special is that the flowers and fragrance are at eye and nose level for double the pleasure! They are also easier to prune (no bending). They are often used as focal points in pairs or rows.

The roses are all dormant now---and much easier to plant than they will be once they start growing. If you don't see the variety you want, just file an inquiry with us and we'll try to find it for you. Let Yamagami's help you create the garden you've always wanted!

Learn how to take care of roses at one of our Winter Rose Care classes. See Coming Events for more info.


Poppies for the Promise of a Glorious Spring!

Among all the exciting plants we just received from Annie's Annuals is an assortment of poppies. These beauties go way beyond the show of California Golden Poppies to closer to the fantasy poppies of Oz. The promise of an enchanted spring is in every little plant. Many of them grow to 3' to 4' tall and unless you nurture them from seed, these 4” pots are the best way to plant.

Poppies are cool season plants, so get them in the ground well before the weather warms. Amend your soil with G&B Harvest Supreme and plant your poppies in full sun. Many will reseed themselves so try scattering them through garden beds in hopes of repeat performances. We are picturing below a few of the poppies that have arrived. Come pick some for your garden and check out our entire selection of Annie's Annuals.


Paper Potted Fruit Trees Are Arriving!

We have just received dozens of different fruit trees and more are on their way!

They are all planted in biodegradable pots, where they can wait until you are ready to plant them.

You can even plant them pot and all!

We do sell out of popular varieties like 'Blenheim' apricots, so come by soon for best selection.


It's Time To Dormant Spray For Protection!

It's time to protect your fruit trees from insect or disease problems. Peach trees are susceptible to peach leaf curl, which is spread in winter storms. Spray them now and one more time as their buds swell--but before they open.

Now it's easier than ever, as Monterey Liqui-Cop is now available in a ready-to-spray bottle. No more mixing or measuring, just attach it to your hose and go! If there are no plants growing under your peach, spray the ground too, as diseases will live in the soil.

Plums and cherries are susceptible to aphid damage, especially on their very young tender growth. Since aphids over-winter on the bark of limbs and trunks, spray the trees with Monterey Horticultural Oil to smother them sometime in the winter.

Watch plums and cherries carefully as their new growth emerges and spray again if aphids appear. Aphids reproduce rapidly as soon as spring is here, so early intervention will save you (and your trees) a lot of grief.

No matter what you are spraying, time it so that there will be 48 rain-free hours afterwards. Otherwise, you'll need to repeat the spraying. Protect your fruit trees now and reap bountiful harvests!


Coming Events

Saturday, January 11th at 10 AM and Sunday, January 19th at 11 AM.

Lorena Gorsche will be teaching a class on Winter Rose Care. Learn about pruning, dormant spraying and general rose care. Fee is $20, which is rebated as a coupon for $20 that is good for one week.

Save your seat! Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card. Don't miss out!

Sunday, January 12th at 11 AM or Saturday, January 25th at 10 AM.
Local Fruit Expert, Nancy Garrison, will lead a class on Winter Fruit Tree Care.
She will even make variety suggestions for our area. Fee is $20, which is rebated as a coupon for $20 that is good for a week after the class.

Save your seat! Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card. Don't miss out!

Saturday, January 18th at 10 AM and Sunday, January 26th at 11 AM.
Winter Landscape Pruning Talk
: Alan Tagami discusses what to prune now and how to do it Fee is $20,which is rebated as a coupon for $20 that is good for a week after the class.

Save your seat!  Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card. Don't miss out!

March 19th through March 23rd
2014 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
at the San Mateo Event Center.

Buy advance tickets at Yamagami's! Bring your tickets back after the show (by April 30) to receive $20 OFF a purchase of $50 or more.

French Onion Soup

What You'll Need:

  • 2 large yellow sweet onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 large red onions, halved and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 ounces grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
  • 1 ounce parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Step by Step:

  • Peel and halve the onions, then slice.
  • Melt a tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add all of the onions, alternating with the remaining butter and a pinch of salt so the onions release their moisture.
  • Cover and cook the onions until they are well caramelized and reduced considerably. This will take about an hour. Stir occasionally.
  • Once onions have reduced, stir in white wine, beef broth and cognac and raise heat enough to bring to a boil. Add the bay leaf and thyme and reduce to a simmer.
  • Meanwhile, cut circles out of the bread, tracing around an ovenproof bowl or dish that you will bake the soup in.
  • Place the bread circles on a baking sheet and toast them directly under the oven broiler.
  • Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs and divide the onion soup into bowls, top with a bread circle and a portion of the cheese.
  • Put the bowls on the baking sheet and set under the broiler just until the cheese has melted.
  • Serve immediately.
Yield: 4 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.
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