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Edition 14.21 Yamagami's Garden Center May 22, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau


Your Garden Of Eatin'

What's new for your garden of eatin'? Lots of tasty choices, many sub-tropical, have just arrived--with more coming in next month. Fruiting bananas are here both in dwarf form and tall. For the adventurous, we offer Malaysian red tropical guavas and even some mangoes. These will need to be protected from the cold every winter.

We are excited to receive 'Sugar Cane' jujubes! Its fruit is round and very sweet! It likes a really hot spot for the sweetest possible fruit. It is partially self-pollinating but will bear heavier crops with Li jujube as a pollen source. Its spines are smaller than other varieties. Like all jujubes, it is a good water-wise (and frost-hardy) fruit tree choice.

Fresh off the truck are tasty new grapes. For the gourmand, we now offer Champagne grapes, aka 'Black Corinth.' These are small, crisp, seedless, very sweet little morsels often seen as garnish on fancy plates. They are also dried for raisins. They require a lot of sun and good air circulation.

Another much-sought-after variety is the 'Red Globe' grape. Every fall when they appear in markets, we are flooded with requests for 'Red Globes.' They are HUGE, sweet, fragrant, juicy, red, seeded grapes. Most table grapes are seedless, but no one seems to mind the seeds in 'Red Globe.' They are here in1 gallon size cans--and in limited supply. Other great new grapes in 1 gallon size cans include 'Summer Royal' and 'Autumn Royal.'

Come to Yamagami's for the best selection of edibles! We can help you create your own garden of eatin'.


Dramatic Water-Wise Color:

Leucadendrons are prized for their colorful bracts, which surround their flowers. They are used as exotic cut flowers but also make excellent container plants and border plants. They put on their show in winter when little else is blooming, so they really stand out! We have just received an assortment in 1 gallon size cans including the following varieties:

'Rising Sun' grows to about 6 feet tall and wide. Its red stems are topped with pinky red bracts, rich in color, but not explosive. It is disease-resistant.

'Safari Sunset' is often seen in exotic flower arrangements. It grows to about 6 feet tall and wide with red stems and deep red bracts. It starts to color up in the fall and puts on a show all through the winter and well into spring! It's vigorous and easy to grow.

'Safari Goldstrike' is similar to 'Safari Sunset' in growth habit but has ivory colored bracts surrounding a yellow cone. The bracts turn yellow as they age. It too is an excellent cut flower.

'Golden Tip' is a lower growing, spreading variety, about 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Its bracts range from light blond to golden yellow. Its grayish foliage is in pleasing contrast to its deep red stems and golden bracts.

'Red Gem' grows to about 4 feet tall and wide. Its green leaves are crowned with reddish bracts surrounding yellowish cones. It makes a stunning hedge in winter and is tidy the rest of the year.

Come see these and other interesting water-wise choices. With a little planning, a water-wise garden can be blooming pretty much all year. These cool season bloomers add a real boost!


Basil--a Health Food?

The scent of fresh basil is mouth-watering, with pesto and other yummy foods immediately springing to mind.

Did you know that basils are actually a health food? Basil contains flavanoids that protect cells and chromosomes from radiation damage. Its oils have been shown to have anti-bacterial properties. Additionally, the oils have anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, basil contains beta-carotene, powerful anti-oxidant making basil excellent for cardiac health. Pasta al pesto anyone?

Basil is easy to grow and harvests can be frozen to use in the winter. Yamagami's offers many varieties, each with its own slightly different fragrance and flavor.

Join us on Saturday, May 31st at 3 PM for a Basil Tasting! Sweetwater Nursery, grower of organic vegetables and herbs, is hosting the tasting with their organically grown basils. This year they are offering 'Herbalea' basil, a new strain that offers reduced flowering for a more vigorous plant with a longer harvest. Other varieties up for tasting include:
Sweet basil, Italian basil, Genovese basil, and 'Super Globe' basil.

Be sure to see their grafted basil topiary trees!


Create a Garden Oasis

Create your own oasis as a peaceful garden retreat. It can be as small as a single pot with water and a water plant or as elaborate as a pond. A water garden of any size is also a joy for visiting birds and dragonflies.

Keep mosquitoes from enjoying your oasis by adding Mosquito Bits, which contain Bt-- harmless to fish, birds and you! Our Water Garden section is now stocked with water lilies, oxygenating plants, and bog plants. We have some beautiful Japanese iris too.

Come in and let us help you create your own oasis.


Coming Events

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!

Find lots of fuchsia treasures and talk with Fuchsia Club members about how to grow your own.

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.

Sunday, June 15th, is Father's Day!
Great gifts for Dad abound even if he doesn't garden much. Gloves, hats, windchimes, honey, and herbs for the barbecue are just a few. Spend time with him strolling our garden and let him choose!

Saturday, August 2, 10 AM to 2 PM

Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale and talks!

Locally grown rhizomes from members of the Clara B. Rees Iris Society. They will offer brief talks on Iris care, including digging and dividing, at 11 AM and 1 PM.

Shrimp and Cherry Quinoa

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup quinoa (rinsed, drained)
  • 2 tablespoons Anaheim pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups sweet Bing cherries (pitted)
  • 8 ounces shrimp (cooked, peeled)
  • 1/4 cup parsley (chopped)

Step by Step:

  • Sauté onion and garlic in oil
  • Add broth, quinoa, Anaheim pepper, salt, and ground pepper.
  • Bring mixture to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 12 to 18 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.
  • Fluff mixture with a fork and gently stir in cherries, shrimp, and parsley.
Serve with salsa, if desired.

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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Cupertino, CA 95014

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