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Edition 14.14 Yamagami's Garden Center April 3, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"Every spring is the only spring--a perpetual astonishment. "
~Ellis Peters


The Heavenly Scented
Michelia x alba

Yamagami's is thrilled to have received a very limited number of Michelia x alba. Also known as White Champak or Pak-Lan, this evergreen tree is prized for its enticing fragrance.

Oil derived from its blossoms is used in perfumes, including Joy. Its blossoms are used to make fragrant necklaces, hairpins, and brooches. The fragrance is released in early morning and lasts all day, so that the entire area surrounding the tree is a heavenly-scented cloud. It is the city flower of Shanghai.

These trees are frost tender, so protection from cold is important. Ask us how. Come in quickly, as these will not last long!


Garden Talk:
In Search Of Great New Plants

Nicholas Staddon, Director of New Plants for Monrovia, offers a dazzling selection of plants for your garden.

Nicholas' job is to locate and evaluate new plants--and he has come up with some real beauties!

Nicholas will also show how the plants can be used in the landscape. This is the one place that you can do what you want and let your passion take you where it will. All the plants to be shown are available for purchase at Yamagami's Nursery. Nicholas will also talk about a whole new way to buy Monrovia plants when it is convenient for you. Yes, you can now shop at home--24 hours a day--for the distinctively better plants from Monrovia. Saturday, April 5th at 10 AM. FREE.


'Scentsation' Honeysuckle!

Ooh, there's a new honeysuckle that just arrived with such an amazing fragrance it had to be named Scentsation! It has buttery lemon-colored blossoms in abundance to create a wall of perfume. Its blossoms attract hummingbirds, and the bright red berries that follow are a delight to birds.

Plant this vine for your enjoyment as well as the pleasure of your garden's feathered friends. The birds will reward you by eating all the aphids they can find, as well as other insects. Happy you, happy birds, and happy garden! Scentsation is a new selection from Monrovia.


Heirloom Tomatoes By Seed!

There's still time to start tomatoes by seed, especially the large beefsteak types that prefer warm weather. Yes, Yamagami's offers dozens of heirloom tomato varieties in plants--but we also offer many in seeds, too. Botanical Interests offers many popular heirloom seed varieties in rainbow colors.

'Pineapple' is new this year from Botanical Interests. It is a beautiful beefsteak type with red, gold, and orange shades streaking the large meaty fruit. The tomatoes have won rave reviews for flavor in our past taste tests here. The plants bear heavily. Get this one started as soon as possible. It's so well worth the wait!

'Cherokee Purple' adds another color to the garden and your plate. It goes beyond bright red to a deep brick color with a purplish cast. This heirloom beefsteak type was one of the first "black" tomatoes to gain popularity. Its fruit is meaty, juicy, and uniquely delicious. Mix it with Pineapple for a gorgeous Caprese salad. This seed is certified organic.

'Green Zebra' is an heirloom named for the dark green stripes on the chartreuse fruit. It's sweet and tart, with a well-balanced flavor. Kids love them! They are beautiful on the plate, and add snap and color to tomato salads.

Not only does Botanical Interests offer a wonderful selection of seed choices, their packaging is very informative and helpful. Come in to see our entire seed selection and grow your own!


Plant A Chef's Garden
For Flavor And Health!

If you have ever wondered how to get some of the same bright, fresh flavors you find in top restaurants, consider planting the secret weapon that fine cooks employ--a chef's garden. Get the most out of your garden by adding not only beauty but an endless bounty of flavor as well!

A good chef's garden incorporates the attributes of every location in the garden to produce a variety of flavorful food. Start with a your fence line. Instead of flowering vines, consider attaching a few trellises and planting a variety of different table grapes. To block out the neighbor's windows and create privacy, plant fruit trees. You can harvest apricots and cherries in June, nectarines, peaches, plums and pluots in July and August, and apples, pears and persimmons in September and October.

Fences and walls are a great place to plant berries. If you have the room to allow them to climb, consider planting blackberries, boysenberries, and raspberries. Are you looking for a productive hedge? Consider planting tasty blueberries.

Save the sunniest location for your herb and vegetable garden. Sweetness and flavor require heat to develop.  Don't forget to add a little color with tasty nasturtiums and flowers that attract pollinating bees, like Alyssum. Save some space for perennials like strawberries, artichokes, and horseradish.  Herbs can be mixed into existing flowerbeds, as well as around your tomatoes.

Are you short on space? No problem. Herbs do wonderfully in containers--and no chef should be without them. You'd perhaps be surprised at how many vegetables can also be grown in containers. Don't forget dwarf fruit trees for your container gardens! Yamagami's offers a huge selection of containers--from simple plastic to gorgeous glazed pottery--to house your edibles. Be sure to look into the Smart Pots. They are made of a sturdy fabric, are lightweight and come in a range of sizes; some are large enough for an entire raised-bed veggie garden.

The key to creating a great chef's garden is to look at every available location in your garden with the eyes of a chef. The possibilities are endless and the rewards are delicious. Are you getting hungry, now? Then don't delay, let the Nursery Pros at Yamagami's guide you to success with your chef's garden. Go organic and use all-natural and organic Gardner & Bloome soils and fertilizers. Live well and prosper!


Coming Events

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!

Sunday, April 20th

Yamagami's Nursery is closed for Easter.

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.

Saturday, May 31 at 3PM.

Basil Tasting!

See and sample several different different varieties of basil provided by Sweetwater Nursery. These basils are all organically grown and available for sale. Yum!

Sunday, June 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Fuchsia Show and Sale!

Asparagus With Spicy
Nutmeg Butter

What You'll Need:

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter (melted)
  • 30 medium asparagus spears (about 2 bunches, trimmed)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (toasted)

Step by Step:

  • Preheat broiler.
  • Stir nutmeg, garlic salt, and red pepper into melted butter. Set aside.
  • Wash asparagus and break off stalks as far down as where they snap.
  • Arrange asparagus in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking pan lined with foil.
  • drizzle pan with oil and roll asparagus to coat.
  • Broil asparagus 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp-tender, turning once.
  • Place in a serving dish. Pour seasoned butter over asparagus.
  • Garnish with pine nuts.


Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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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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