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Edition 14.28 Yamagami's Garden Center July 10, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

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"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
~Mirabel Osler

Loquats Are Here!

We have just received a fresh shipment of four varieties of loquat trees. They have large, dark green, heavily veined leaves that sing of the tropics. Yet, the tree is evergreen and tolerant of temperatures into the teens. Its flowers are creamy white and its fruits are delicious! Loquats can be grown as a shade tree but also kept pruned to a patio tree. Loquats are outstanding edible ornamentals. Follow our Citrus and Avocado Planting Guide for guaranteed success. Choose from the following varieties:

'Advance' has white-fleshed, sweet and juicy fruit. The tree is a dwarf. Requires another Loquat for cross-pollination.

'Big Jim offers very large, roundish to oblong fruit, about 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Skin is pale orange-yellow and easy to peel. Flesh is orange-yellow, and very sweet but with some acidity and excellent flavor. Tree is vigorous, upright, and highly productive.

'Gold Nugget' is the most popular orange-fleshed variety, with large, roundish fruit and yellowish-orange skin. Fruit is juicy, firm and meaty with a sweet flavor somewhat reminiscent of apricot. Tree is vigorous, upright, and self-pollinating.

'McBeth' bears large, sweet and juicy fruit with orange flesh, and is self-pollinating.


Guac This Way

Grow your own guac! Our avocado selection is fairly complete with varieties that do well in our area. Some, the Guatemalan varieties, will require frost protection strategies every winter, while the Mexican varieties can withstand considerably colder weather.

All avocados will benefit from careful placement in your garden. Ideally, they would be near a house for frost protection and surrounded by pavement or concrete that will keep the soil and roots warm.

See our Avocado Guide for growing tips and variety comparisons. You, too, can guac this way.

Saturday, July 19th, at 10 AM Nancy Garrison, local avocado expert, will give a talk on growing avocadoes in our area.

She has years of experience with avocado trees and is familiar with which varieties perform consistently well. Her talk is FREE; don't miss out.


Ruben's Summer Color Picks

Fresh color adds so much to a tired summer garden. Even just a few spots of color make a huge difference to your outdoor living.

Here are a few plants our color buyer, Ruben, suggests adding to your garden:

'Fusion Glow' Yellow Impatiens really does glow in shady locations. It is vigorous and a profuse bloomer with buttery yellow flowers and an orange spot in the center. It grows to about 14" tall and wide and performs equally well in the ground or in containers.

'Fusion Glow' Yellow Impatiens

'Raspberry Wine' and 'Blue Stocking' Bee Balm (Monarda) have large shaggy flowers and are a delight to butterflies, bees and other pollinators. They also make quite dramatic cut flowers. They are old-fashioned perennials, growing to about 3 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet wide. They are also deer resistant!

'Raspberry Wine' Bee Balm

'Real Glory' Shasta Daisy is a sturdy new Shasta Daisy with several layers of white petal curved around the outside of the flower and a frilly dome of yellow in the center, an "anemone" form flower. 'Real Glory' is a heavy-blooming perennial and should be "dead-headed" to keep it blooming away. It grows to about 3 feet tall and 1 1/2 feet wide.

'Real Glory' Shasta Daisy

Add some color to your summer garden with any of these or come to browse where you'll also find lots of other interesting choices


Coming Events

Saturday, July 19th at 10 AM

"Guac This Way"

How to Grow Avocados, with local expert, Nancy Garrison. FREE

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.

Tuesday, August 12th, 6 PM to 8 PM

Moonlight Madness Sale!

Spin our Wheel of Good Fortune and save between 20% and 66% OFF your entire purchase! Are you feeling lucky?

Chocolate Chip Carrot Cake

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
    4 packages cream cheese, softened (8-ounces each)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3-cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tsp. grated fresh lemon peel

Step by Step:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Sift dry ingredients together; add to creamed mixture alternately with water and vanilla.
  • Fold in carrots, nuts, and chips.
  • Turn into a greased and floured 9- x13-inch pan.
  • Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Cool and top with Renee's Cream Cheese Frosting.


  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 6 to 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, measured and then sifted
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Frosting Directions:

  • Combine the all ingredients except sugar and milk.
  • Mix with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the powdered sugar a cup at a time, beating with each addition.
  • Add milk as needed if frosting is too thick.

Recipe courtesy of Renee's Garden Seed.
For more great garden-inspired recipes, see Renee's books, Recipes from a Kitchen Garden and More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden.


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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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