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Edition 14.19 Yamagami's Garden Center May 8, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"In order to live off a garden, you practically have to live in it."
~Frank McKinney Hubbard

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Japanese Azaleas

We have just received a shipment of Satsuki Azaleas. They are small, late blooming azaleas used in Japanese gardens, bonsai and small spaces. Satsuki means fifth month, referring to the time of year most of them bloom.

Satsukis are compact, mounding plants with twiggy growth and prolific blossoms. Gumpo azaleas are a type of Satsuki with small glossy foliage and large flowers.

Like standard garden azaleas, Satsukis prefer part shade in the heat of the afternoon, acid soil and regular watering. They are quite dramatic in bloom, and tidy when out of bloom. It is important that any pruning happen immediately after blooming, so as not to interfere with next year's bloom.

We are now offering the following varieties:
'Fuji Zakura,' 'Hakata Jiro,' 'Gumpo White,' 'Gumpo Variegated' and 'Gumpo Pink.'

'Fuji Zakura'

'Hakata Jiro'


Summer Veggies for
Discriminating Tastes

Our vegetable selection is full of choice varieties for choosy palates. We offer heirlooms, European and Asian varieties, and some hard to find delicacies. We offer organically-grown plants when available. Our tomato selection includes large and small tomatoes in a rainbow of colors. Special varieties to consider include:

'Ed's Millennium' is a selection of 'Brandywine' developed by a Santa Clara County Master Gardener. It is very large, very meaty, and very prolific. It is also VERY tasty! Sorry, we have a very limited supply.

'Orange Strawberry' is almost too beautiful to eat. Its fruit is large to very large, bright orange, very meaty, with great flavor. It has a pointed bottom, so it resembles a huge orange strawberry (or a Hachiya persimmon).

'Heartland' is a bush-type tomato (to 3' tall) that bears bountiful crops of red, tasty medium-sized fruit. It is perfect for small spaces or container growing. If you only have room for one potted tomato, this is your perfect choice.

Our pepper selection is continuing to expand as the season progresses. We offer peppers ranging from sweet to Holy Moly HOT--and everything in between. Every week this month we'll be adding more varieties. Check in regularly for new offerings.

Other taste treats in our veggies include: bitter melon, Persian cucumbers, Japanese eggplant, and Hungarian paprika peppers.

Come pick up some great flavors for your garden and table. Our herb selection is also outstanding.


Great Water-Wise Color

Sunroses (Helianthemum) are low, colorful shrubs often used for groundcover in the water-wise garden. They make excellent lawn alternatives.

They are covered with masses of colorful bell- shaped flowers from late spring well into the fall. They come in a range of colors from pink to red to orange to apricot and yellow. Their foliage ranges in color from silvery to bright green, depending on the variety.

Sunroses are tough Mediterranean plants that spread readily but are not invasive. They rarely have any pest or disease issues. Butterflies and bees love them.

Plant them behind retaining walls and let them spill over or use them as low-maintenance color in parking strips. However you use them, you'll love the color!

Varieties in stock are: 'Ben Nevis' (orange), 'Dazzler' (deep red), 'Golden Nugget' (golden yellow), 'Wisley Pink' (pink) and 'Wisley Primrose' (yellow).

'Ben Nevis'



'Red Stripe' Canna Lily

Looking for a tropical blast of color in your summer garden? The 'Red Stripe' canna lily is for you. It has tall (5' to 8') columnar stalks topped with bright orangish-red flowers and large, lush, banana-like foliage with burgundy-red stripes. It is a showstopper!

It grows from an underground rhizome and looks best if cut down to the ground when it dies back in winter. If it doesn't go dormant, cut it down in February so that it will have fresh growth every spring. Plant it in full to half sun for best color.


When It Comes to Saving
Water--Mulch Makes Cents!

Did you know that the single best thing you can do for your garden is also your best way to conserve water? A 2" to 3" layer of mulch can save up to 30 gallons of water per day in a 1,000 sq. ft. garden, according to a recent article in the San Jose Mercury News. Saving water is not only good for our planet; it saves dollars and makes “cents" too!

What should be mulched? Start with plants that prefer cooler soil including Japanese maples, camellias, and avocados. Actually, all the plants that you regularly water will benefit. Not only does mulch reduce moisture loss from evaporation, it improves your soil as it breaks down--and keeps that ugly crust from forming on the top of our clay soils. Another water-saving aspect is that 3" of mulch will keep weeds from stealing water and nutrients.

What to use as mulch? Homemade compost is great, but if you don't have enough, there are lots of alternatives available at Yamagami's Nursery:
Shredded Red Cedar works well on slopes, because it will mat and hold. It is not as fine in texture as “gorilla hair" so it looks less messy. Many insects do not appreciate Red Cedar bark and will avoid it.
Bark Chips are available in different sizes. If you will need to walk on the area, choose Mini-Mulch or the Small size of bark.
G & B Soil Building Compost is a composted wood product with added beneficial microbes (mycorrhizae). Mycorrhizae are a group of fungi that have a symbiotic relationship with plant roots, increasing a plant's ability to process water and nutrients from the soil. Soil Building Compost is available in 3 cubic feet bales.
• Organic materials, including G & B Planting Mix or G & B Harvest Supreme will all serve as mulch as well as an amendment. If you have it, use it!

For the month of May, buy any 3 bags of G & B Soil Building Compost, Planting Mix or Harvest Supreme and get 1 free. You can mix and match these products too!

Soaker hoses, organic fertilizers and low water-using plants are all valuable for saving water in the landscape. Find all these and more at Yamagami's. Let our Nursery Pros help you save water, and save dollars and cents with our mulch selection for a water-wise garden.


Coming Events

Sunday, May 11th is Mother's Day!

Hydrangeas, roses and lots of other flowering plants abound! Come see our terrific selection of Mother’s Day gifts.

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. FREE

Saturday, 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.

Pasta Primavera

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pound fusilli, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups fresh asparagus, diagonally cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh green peas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Step by Step:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus and peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes; sauté for 1 minute.
  • Stir in broth, whipping cream, salt and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • Add tomato mixture to pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve immediately.

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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