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Edition 14.16 Yamagami's Garden Center April 17, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
~William Shakespeare

Happy Easter!


The Wonderful World of Hydrangeas

The world of hydrangeas is getting more wondrous every year. We are just starting to receive a good selection of different types of hydrangeas. Lots of hybridizing has gone into making them bloom more, making them more compact, and creating new colors and combinations. The Endless Summer varieties combine compact size and a long blooming season for the :mop-head: types. A newer long-bloomer type is 'Enchantress.'

'Enchantress' is a real treasure for people who enjoy cutting their hydrangea blossoms for the vase. She has deep ruby stems supporting her large "mop-head" blossoms for a really striking appearance in the garden and the vase. Her flowers are blue in acid soils and pink in alkaline soils. Her blossoms fade to a creamy color splashed with light chartreuse as the flowers dry. Enchantress makes stunning arrangements, fresh or dried. She grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide and is terrific as a border plant.

'Cityline Paris' hydrangea is very compact, growing from 1 to 3 feet tall and 2 to 3 feet wide. It has rich pink flowers and is very suitable for containers or low borders. It is perfect for folks who have trouble remembering to prune their hydrangeas. It doesn't really need it! Other members of the Cityline series will arrive as the season progresses.

'Golden Crane' hydrangea is newish but not a hybrid of any other garden Hydrangea. 'Golden Crane' was collected by Dan Hinkley in Sichuan Province of China and now available from Monrovia. It has large white lace-cap blossoms, but what makes it so outstanding is the blossom's sweet jasmine fragrance! It blooms in summer and fall and grows 2 to 3 feet tall and wide. It is tolerant of a wide range of soils and watering practices. It prefers morning sun and part shade in the hot afternoon.

'Snow Queen' is an "oakleaf" hydrangea, meaning it flaunts long (6" to 12") conical clusters of flowers. The flowers start off snowy white then gradually age to a pink. It is a real garden beauty year-round. It has very handsome oak-shaped spring foliage followed by its dramatic blossoms in summer and into fall. Its leaves offer gorgeous fall color and then in winter you can admire its "peely" bark. 'Snow Queen' grows to about 6 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. It makes a dramatic hedge or screen.

There is a hydrangea for every garden. Let us help you choose one!


About Grafted Tomatoes...

Grafted tomato plants have been gaining in popularity. Why? It's mostly because some of our favorite heirloom tomatoes are very susceptible to verticillium wilt, a soil fungus that is frequently found in our area. It really hurts to nurture a plant from seedling to just about bearing--and then have that plant suddenly wilt and die. Another reason is that "paste" tomatoes like 'San Marzano' seem to get blossom end rot (black end of fruit) no matter how careful you are with watering. Grafting a tomato to a resistant root solves these problems.

We have just received a shipment of grafted tomatoes, primarily heirlooms and 'San Marzano.' Unlike other tomatoes, they cannot be planted deeply, but rather care must be taken that they are planted so that their roots are right at surrounding soil level or somewhat higher. The reason is that you want only the grafted root to supply the plant. If the top grafted part is allowed to root, all the benefits of being grafted are lost.

If you thought you couldn't grow heirloom tomatoes, think again! We have the ordered the following varieties: 'Brandywine,' 'Mortgage Lifter,' 'San Marzano,' 'Lemon Boy' and 'Mr. Stripey.'


A New Double Begonia:
'Fairyland Pink'

Looking for a pink alternative to Impatiens? Come in to see 'Fairyland Pink' begonias. They offer frilly, double-pink flowers on a compact plant, 8 to 10 inches tall and wide. Fairyland Pink begonias are beautiful in containers and do equally well in flowerbeds. Although they will take a lot of sun, they look best in morning sun and part shade in the afternoon. They will bloom right up to frost! Try some; we think you'll love them.


Get Grubs NOW!

That's right, it's time to get grubs! They are now coming out of their winter slumber, hungry and ready for love. Soon they will emerge from the ground to fly and mate and lay eggs for the next nasty generation. Grubs eat roots (which is bad enough), but what is worse are the varmints who eat the grubs! Maybe your lawn was torn up last fall or you saw your neighbor's lawn ripped asunder. That was the work of greedy raccoons and skunks who just love fat tasty grubs on their fall menus.

Strike now and again in August to rid yourself of these pests. Yamagami's offers two safe and natural controls. For the vegetable garden as well as lawns and flowerbeds, beneficial nematodes are the answer. They hit the soil looking for food and fat, juicy grubs hit their spot! They are safe for food crops and are an important weapon in the organic gardener's arsenal.

Another organic (OMRI approved) treatment for lawns is Safer Grub Control, which contains Neem oil (from the Neem tree) and comes in a handy, ready-to-spray bottle.

Thwart those masked marauders by getting their grubs NOW (and again in August).


Gardner & Bloome Soil Sale!

Just a reminder that G & B Planting Mix, Harvest Supreme, and Soil Building Compost are on special: Buy 3 and get 1 FREE! Mix and match bags for all your spring gardening needs! Sale goes through May 31.


Coming Events

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!

Saturday and Sunday, June 14th and 15th

Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale!

If you have always wanted to grow the fabulous mums you see at the florist, here's your chance! The sale is a benefit for the newly formed Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society. Their experts will be here to give you all the guidance you may need to succeed! 10 AM to 3 PM both days.

Baked Spinach Gnocchi

What You'll Need:

  • 1 very large bunch spinach
  • 1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
  • 2 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T. all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • extra flour for shaping gnocchi
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Step by Step:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Steam or cook spinach briefly until tender. Drain well and chop fine. You should have 1 generous cup.
  • Thoroughly combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, scallion, lemon juice, egg yolk, flour, nutmeg, salt and
  • pepper.
  • Shape the mixture into little logs about 2 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. If sticky, sprinkle them lightly with
  • additional flour. Place on a waxed paper or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Cook the gnocchi in batches by carefully dropping them a few at a time into a large pot of gently boiling water.
  • When they are cooked they will rise to the top - this just takes several minutes.
  • Transfer them with a slotted spoon to a greased baking dish, laying them side by side in a single layer. Sprinkle the
  • mozzarella cheese over the top.
  • Bake 10 minutes or until well heated through and lightly browned.

Recipe courtesy of Renee's Garden Seed


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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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Cupertino, CA 95014

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