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Edition 14.04 Yamagami's Garden Center January 23, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad."
~ Miles Kington


Sweet Treats For Your Garden

Yamagami's Nursery has an amazing collection of fruit trees. Many are old favorites and many are lesser known but real treats known mostly by fruit connoisseurs. Join their ranks by trying some of the following fruit suggestions.

'Sweet Treat' is a Pluerry™: a new fruit type from Floyd Zaiger, who introduced Pluots. This taste-test favorite is a hybrid of plum and cherry, combining the sweetness of a cherry with that summer-fresh plum zing. Much larger than a cherry, it bears early and prolifically. It does require a pollinator, so we have it potted up with 'Burgundy' Plum, another taste treat.

'Hudson's Golden Gem' Apple has an amazing flavor and texture. It is crisp, sweet and juicy with a flavor somewhat like a pear. It is not well known but has developed a local Farmer's Market following, because it is commercially grown in Watsonville and is available in some Farmer's Markets. It is partially self-fruitful--but for maximum harvest, plant a Golden Delicious apple or graft  onto your tree. It's worth it to get as many of these tasty apples as you can.

'Arctic Glo' Nectarine is white-fleshed with a unique sweet/tart flavor that is addictive. It is also a beautiful piece of fruit with a rich red skin--beautiful on the inside and out. It is well worth growing in our area. It is self-fruitful.

This is just a sampling of the fruit varieties currently in stock. Come in and let us help you choose sweet treats for your garden.


Colored Callas

Our spring (summer-blooming) bulbs are just starting to arrive. First off the truck are the Colored Calla lilies, often known as "Mini Callas." The bulbs resemble warty potatoes, so it's hard to believe they will grow such beautiful flowers.

Instead of the stately white blossoms of the classic Calla, the colored callas bloom in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink and purple. Come in soon, while selection is still good--and see what other bulb treasures have arrived.

Seed Potatoes Are Here!

A fresh shipment of seed potatoes has just arrived! Our selection includes conventionally grown favorites as well as organically grown gourmet treats! Following is a sample of what is in stock:

'Adirondack Blue' is a moist purple beauty. Its skin is a deep purple and its flesh is also a rich purple. It has a "nutty" flavor and is high in anti-oxidants. It is considered superior to All-Blue in both texture and moisture. It is good baked, boiled or mashed.

'German Butterball' is a golden russet-type potato. It is an all-purpose potato, with delicious, buttery flavor and a tender, flaky texture. It is a good keeper in winter storage.

'Russian Banana' is a fingerling potato, which typically measures about 2 to 3 inches long. It has a thin pale burlap-colored skin with a creamy yellow-colored, firm and waxy flesh. Its flavor is mild with nutty and earthy undertones that develop when cooked. It is excellent in soups.

'Sangre Red' is an heirloom variety with red skin and pale creamy flesh. It is an early ripener (60 – 70 days) harvested as a "new potato." Its outstanding feature is its incredibly silky texture. It is the perfect accompaniment to a lamb dinner!

These are just a few of the 15 potato varieties in stock. Potatoes are easy to grow and exciting to harvest. See our Potato Guide here (pdf). Come in soon to see our selection, as some varieties sell out quickly! While you are here, be sure to see the celery, asparagus, onions and rhubarb also in stock.


Cinerarias Mean Winter Cheer!

One of the showiest and cheeriest winter blooming plants is the Cineraria (Pericallis x hybrida). What makes these plants so special is that the deep green, slightly lobed leaves of these colorful beauties are often completely covered by immense clusters of velvety daisy-like flowers. These bright and bushy plants have an amazing kick of contrasting colors. Their blossoms may be white, pink, red, blue, purple or violet, with blue or white centers and rings of contrasting colors that create a rainbow of hues.

These beauties are native to the Canary Islands off the coast of Portugal. Annuals that can bloom from as early as December to as late as May, they are usually removed or discarded after their blooming season is over, much like potted mums. Sometimes they will reseed and revert to their ancestor, a tall, bright magenta variety. Few plants can beat these beauties for color while they are doing their thing. Mix them with primroses, cyclamen and ferns for showy container gardens.

Cinerarias do best in a protected location with filtered shade or morning sun and afternoon shade. You can keep them indoors in a cool but bright spot, but they will not hold up long indoors--maybe a week or two. They are fairly thirsty plants, especially when kept in their original pots. They like to be kept moist (but not soggy) at all times. They perform their best when fertilized every two weeks with Maxsea.

If you need a little help shaking off the doldrums of winter, consider adding some winter cheer with cinerarias today! Come to Yamagami's Nursery when you need some flower power in your life. Our Nursery Professionals can help you choose just the right flowers for your gardening needs.


Coming Events

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!

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!

Saturday, February 1st at 10 AM, Saturday, February 8th at 10 AM, and Sunday, February 16th at 11 AM
Japanese Maple Pruning
with Alan Tagami. $20 fee is rebated as an in-store coupon for $20. Call us at (408) 252-3347 to register using a credit card.

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

Sunday, February 2nd at 11 AM
Super Bowl Planting Class.
Plant a color bowl or salad bowl with Dianne Jensen. $35 Fee includes all supplies.

Saturday, February 15th at 10 AM
All About Mason Bees--FREE.
Learn how they help with pollinations and how to keep them happy and healthy in your garden. Bees and supplies available for sale.

Saturday, February 22nd at 10 AM and Sunday, February 23rd at 11 AM
Bonsai Beginners Class led by Clay Warner. You will plant and shape a bonsai to take home. $45 fee includes materials.

Saturday and Sunday March 1st at 10 AM and March 2nd at 11 AM
Watering 101--FREE
. Alan Tagami teaches a practical class on how to conserve water and still maintain a healthy lawn and landscape. This is the perfect time to adjust your watering.


Sunday, March 9th from 11 AM to 2PM
Citrus Tasting. Sample some great fruit and choose what you want in your garden. Talk with our Citrus grower. FREE!

Saturday, March 15th at 10 AM.
Get Started Growing Organically! Gisele Schoniger, Organic Garden Educator from Kellogg Garden Products, talks about soils, fertilizers and how to maintain a healthy garden organically. FREE!

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.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Soup

What You'll Need:

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 1/2 quarts chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup orzo pasta
  • 5 ounces chopped fresh spinach
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Step by Step:

  • Bring chicken and broth to a boil in a small soup kettle or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Add orzo; cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add spinach, reduce the heat and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.
  • While soup simmers, beat eggs and lemon juice until frothy in a medium bowl.
  • Gradually whisk several ladles full of the hot soup into the eggs, being careful not to curdle the eggs.
  • Turn off the soup kettle; return egg and soup mixture to the pot and stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper and serve at once.
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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