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Edition 14.12 Yamagami's Garden Center March 20, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error."
~Sara Stein, My Weeds, 1988


Japanese Maples Arriving!

Fresh off the truck is a new shipment of Japanese Maples! They are at that wonderful stage where the new leaves are unfurling and their beauty is coming to life. Plant them now--before the heat. They are in different shapes and sizes, so there is a perfect one for every garden. They prefer locations in full morning sun with filtered shade in the afternoon. They can adapt to full sun if all the other factors (watering, mulch, drainage) are just right. See our Japanese Maple Guide for more general information. Our selection includes favorites like 'Bloodgood,' 'Crimson Queen' and 'Coral Bark' (Sango Kaku), as well as some less common choices.

'Shindeshojo' is highly prized for its spring and fall color. Its new leaves emerge flaming scarlet in the spring, then slowly bronze in summer. In the fall ,they are a riot of reds and oranges. It is a small tree, growing 7 to 10 feet tall in 15 years.

'Orange Dream' has foliage that comes out orange then changes to a chartreuse with orange tips. In the fall it flames into a range of oranges. It is a small tree, growing to about 10 to 12 feet tall. It is excellent in containers.

'Shishigashira' is quite unusual in appearance. It offers tight, curly, small leaves that emerge in tufts. Its name means "Lion Head," because the tufts resemble a lion's mane. Its spring growth is bright green and its fall color is in shades of gold and crimson. It slowly grows to about 10 feet tall, and is a great focal point in the ground or in containers.

If you love Japanese Maples, now is a great time to choose one!


Two New Varieties Of Old Favorites:
Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'
Delphinium Princess Caroline

We're thrilled to offer 'Illumination Flame' this year. It is a new perennial foxglove hybrid with gorgeous flower spikes. Its flowers are a blend of soft oranges and yellows, truly beautiful.

It can grow 3 feet tall by 3 feet wide in full morning sun, with some part shade in the afternoon. It received Best New Plant of the Year at the Royal Horticultural Show in 2012 and the People's Choice Award at the FarWest Horticultural Show in 2013. Its somewhat tubular flowers are a delight for hummingbirds. It's a winner!

'Princess Caroline' Delphinium is a new variety, hybridized and grown for its unusual colors and its use as an outstanding cut flower. Her flowers are salmon-pink, flushed with streaks of red. She blooms heavily in spring, then again in fall. Cut back and fertilize after spring bloom for best fall flowering. Even when not in bloom, the leafy clump is attractive. She looks terrific planted with roses and then with roses as cut flowers. She grows 3 to 4 feet tall and about 2 feet wide, and needs at least a half a day of sun. She is a real princess, worthy of a space in your garden!


Watch For Citrus Leafminer

Citrus leafminer is a pest attracted to new growth of citrus where it lays its eggs. They hatch and tunnel while feeding in the leaf between the upper and lower surfaces. This feeding is called "mining." There is nothing minor about it. Symptoms are curled new growth, with whitish trails on the leaf. If you are not sure, bring a small branch (in a plastic bag) to the Info Center for diagnosis. If you see the damage, do not cut it off (except for a small sample to show us) because that will stimulate new growth, which attracts more citrus leafminers.

Watch out for your citrus trees by placing ISCAlure Citrus Leafminer traps in your trees now. They work by attracting the leafminers with a pheromone they can't resist. The leafminers get stuck in the traps and are unable to breed. Hurray!

If you had leafminers last year, chances are good you will again this year. Monitoring the traps will let you know when they are back. If your trap starts to fill, then you'll want to spray with OMRI approved Monterey Garden Insect Spray. It will take 3 applications, 10 days apart, to knock them out. Spray at dusk, so as not to spray your bees. Don't let this pest get out of control. Early intervention will save you much grief.


Grow Your Own Good Health!

We have recently received a shipment of starter plants for a great group of fruit high in antioxidants. They are in small pots, ideal for transplanting and a getting quick start. The antioxidant collection includes blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, lingonberries and goji berries. It's the perfect time to get them growing.


The Buzz Is...
The Queen's The Thing!!

Yellow Jacket TrapYellow JacketNow is when young yellow jacket queens hatch, emerge, and fly out searching for a place to a nest. What if your backyard looks like Eden to her?

Prevent a summer of evading aggressive yellow jackets by trapping queens now, before they can set up housekeeping in or near your garden.

Rescue! Yellow Jacket Traps use pheromones to attract them. The queens enter the trap, get stuck--and the result is, no nest. We recommend placing a few strategically in the outer areas of your garden (away from entertaining areas) for best results. You'll want to suggest to your neighbors that they do the same for best protection.


Coming Events

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.

Saturday, April 5th at 10 AM
New Plants From Monrovia
with Nicholas Staddon.

Discover exciting new plants and a new way to order them.

Sunday, April 6th at 11 AM.
Tips For Early Tomato Planting.

Grace Olson explains how to successfully grow abundant harvests!

Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day--and Friday, April 25th is Arbor Day.

Celebrate Spring by planting a tree! Double the benefits by planting a fruit tree!

Sunday, May 11th is Mother's Day!

Plan your garden gifts now, while there is time to special-order her favorite plants or tools.

Make Ahead Breakfast Bake

What You'll Need:

  • 6 slices bread
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 pound ham, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced and sautéed in butter
  • 8 ounces diced green chiles
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. basil
  • 1/4 tsp. onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. dry mustard

Step by Step:

  • Butter 6 slices of bread and place buttered side down in a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  • Sprinkle with 2 cups cheddar cheese.
  • Place ham on top of cheese and then layer with mushrooms and chiles. Top with Monterey Jack cheese.
  • In a bowl, beat eggs and add milk, salt, paprika, basil, onion salt, pepper and dry mustard.
  • Pour over ingredients in dish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Uncover casserole and bake for 50 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes to set before serving.

Yield: 8 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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