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Edition 14.41 Yamagami's Garden Center October 9, 2014
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"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed, the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil. And at no season, save perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."
~Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905

Fall is for Planting Trees

Trees provide shade to your home and garden and beauty to your landscape while cleaning the air. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees. They will get their roots growing now, and be able to put on vigorous growth in the spring. Tree varieties used to be plentiful, but they have been harder and harder to find in the last several years. We are happy to have found some great choices just in time for fall planting. We have selected trees that are well-behaved and well-adapted to our area. Here are a few of the trees soon to arrive:

Fan Tex Ash (Fraxinus v. 'Rio Grande') is a fast growing (to 3' a year) deciduous shade tree that thrives in hot, windy, dry locations. It is water-wise and, although its flowers are insignificant to us, birds and butterflies love them. It is a good choice as a street tree and can even be planted in lawns. Its dark green leaves turn golden in the fall. Grows 40 to 50 feet tall and 30 feet wide.

Chinese Flame Tree (Koelreuteria bipinnata) is a deciduous tree with a spreading canopy and a very well behaved root system. It is prized for its clusters of small, fragrant, yellow flowers, which develop into pink papery "lanterns." Those lanterns are used in everlasting flower arrangements. The tree can be planted as a patio, shade, or street tree. It is a moderate grower to 40-50 feet.

Red Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea) is a fast-growing evergreen tree that bears fluffy pink flowers in winter, when its icy blue leaves also turn a bronze-ish color. Its bark is nearly black and very handsome. Mature specimens can be seen in the center of Saratoga-Los Gatos Road (Highway 9). It is one of the better Eucalyptus choices for a home garden, and can be planted as a large street tree. It grows to about 50 feet tall and is the perfect choice for blocking the view of the new 2-story house that went up next to you! It's water-wise and impervious to deer.

These are just a few of the tree treasures we are bringing in for fall planting. They are in very limited quantity.

Don't miss the FREE Well-Behaved Tree Talk by Dave Wood of Serrano's Expert Tree Service on Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM.


Water-Wise Plant Picks
The All-Stars!

The All-Stars is a collection of plants chosen by the staff at the UC Davis Arboretum for their outstanding garden performance and low water use. They have few pest or disease problems and are easy to grow. This is the perfect time to use them to revamp a tired landscape or start over. Some are California natives and many support native beneficial insects and birds. They exemplify green gardening choices. Come in to see our display of All-Star plants. Visit the Arboretum All-Stars page at UC Davis for more information about the All-Stars.

Penstemon 'Margarita BOP'
All-Star Plant

Be sure to come on Saturday, October 11th for a FREE introductory talk with Karrie Reid.

See Coming Events for details.


Fun with Pumpkins

Have a bumper crop of pumpkins? Maybe you have succumbed to the allure of our pumpkin patch and brought home armfuls. More than just a source for pumpkin pies and jack-o'-lanterns, you can use these colorful gourds to decorate your house, deck and patio for fall.

Like us on Facebook! Take your own photo in our Pumpkin Patch and post it on our page with the caption: Pumpkins at Yamagami's Nursery!

If your photo gets at least 5 likes, it will be entered in a drawing to win a FREE 6' tall Noble Fir Christmas tree on a stand, delivered to your home! Wow!

Emmy in Our Pumpkin Patch

Here's a fun project for your pumpkins:

Pumpkin Cachepot:

Create a festive container for fall-blooming plants such as chrysanthemums or ornamental kale and cabbage, following these simple steps:

  1. Select a pumpkin large enough to hold your potted plant.
  2. At the stem end of the pumpkin, cut a hole large enough to insert your plant.
  3. Use a large scoop to remove the pulp and seeds (reserve the seeds to make a healthy treat--see below).
  4. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin, so it is smooth and clean.
  5. To extend the life of your pumpkin and keep it from getting moldy, spray a mixture of one part bleach per 1 quart water inside the pumpkin and on the carved edge of the opening. Wait about 20 minutes to allow the solution to penetrate and dry. Rub petroleum jelly on the carved edge of the opening to prevent bacteria and mold and keep it moist; wipe away any excess.
  6. Place a little sand in the bottom of your pumpkin to create stability for your potted plant.
  7. Place your potted plant in the pumpkin, adjusting it in the sand until it is the right height.
  8. For the longest life, place your cachepot out of direct sunlight where it will be protected from rain and freezing temperatures.

Now--what to do with those seeds? Make some delicious Sugar and Spice Pumpkin Seeds for healthy snacking or as a great salad topping:


  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (1 large pumpkin should yield about 1 cup seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (or a little more, to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Rinse seeds, removing as much of the pulp as possible; don't worry about leaving a small amount of pulp (it is impossible to remove it all).

Pat the seeds dry, then toss them with the butter, sugar and spices.

Spread the seeds in a shallow baking sheet (spray sheet with a light coating of cooking spray to prevent sticking). Bake for 45-60 minutes, turning occasionally, until lightly browned and crunchy.

This recipe may be doubled or tripled, depending on the number of seeds you have.


Ruben's Fall Planting Picks:

Fall is a great time to get herbs growing for holiday feasts and year-round culinary pleasure.

Ruben has brought in two excellent mint varieties that he highly recommends.

'Mint the Best' is spearmint with exceptional fragrance and flavor. Unless you have a lot of space you'd like to devote to mint, it's a good idea to keep it contained in a pot. Choose a container that is wide rather than deep. Although it tastes “mintier” grown in more sun, it takes more water that way, especially in a shallow pot. Full morning sun is fine for softer, tasty growth. Use it in sauces, teas and other drinks, as well as a garnish.

'Mint The Best' for the
best Mojito (and Julep)

Kinh Giới, also known as Vietnamese Lemon Mint or Vietnamese Balm, has serrated, bright green leaves similar in scent and flavor to lemon verbena and lemongrass. It grows as a bush 2 to 3 feet tall and needs sun and warmth to thrive. It is delicious as a topping on Pho and other soups, as a garnish on meat dishes, or in spring rolls. It is also used in soothing teas.

There are many other herbs in stock to choose for fall planting in beds and containers. Come in to see our entire collection. We can help all foodies elevate their garden!


Sweet Pea Bliss

Sweet Peas are sweet, sweet in the garden, sweet in bouquets, and very often sweetly scented. Planted by seed now, Sweet Peas will begin to blossom in early spring. If you would like super early blossoms, look for early blooming varieties like 'Regal Robe,' 'Chiffon Elegance' and 'Zinfandel' offered by Renee's Garden.

In addition to early Sweet Pea varieties, Renee's Garden offers seeds of antique varieties, bouquet varieties, dwarf varieties, and varieties chosen especially for their fragrance. By planting a combination of varieties, one can have Sweet Peas blooming from winter into summer, even in containers. Sweet Pea bliss! For best results follow the Renee's Garden's directions at:
Sweet Peas - Sowing Seeds Directly into the Garden

Come in to pick up your Sweet Pea seeds and while you are here, be sure to look at Renee's Garden's new additions to her organic seeds. All of her seeds are test grown in the Santa Cruz mountains so you know they will all thrive here!


Coming Events

Saturday, October 11 at 10 AM

Karrie Reid presents the UC Davis All-Star Plants for water-wise gardens. A representative from the SCV Water district will be present to talk about their rebate program. FREE.

Sunday, Oct. 12th at 11 AM

Beginning Bonsai Class with Clay Warner. $40 fee includes materials. LIMIT 12 attendees. Call us at 408.252-3347 to register using a credit card.

Saturday, October 18th at 10 AM

Well-Behaved Trees talk with Dave Wood of Serrano's Expert Tree Service. FREE.

Saturday, Oct. 25th at 10 AM

Fairy Container Garden class with Tammy MacKenzie.

$40 fee includes materials. LIMIT 10 attendees. Call us at 408.252-3347 to register using a credit card.


Rosemary Wine Chicken

It would be difficult to find a plant that is more hardy, fragrant, evergreen, flowering, drought tolerant and edible than rosemary. You can get it in upright varieties that make wonderful low hedges, topiaries or filler landscape plants. Or try trailing varieties that cascade over planters, baskets and pots or ramble through rose and perennial gardens.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 whole chicken--rinsed, drained and towel-dried inside and out
  • 5 whole garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 whole onion, quartered
  • 5-6 4" sprigs of fresh-cut rosemary
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic salt
  • Enough white wine or sherry to cover the bottom of a 13" x 9" roasting pan

Step by Step:

Rub the chicken in and out with olive oil. Insert garlic, onion and rosemary in the cavity.

Place chicken on a rack in a 13" x 9" roasting pan. Sprinkle with garlic salt and crushed rosemary leaves.

Fill roasting pan with white wine or sherry until 1/2 full.

Cover with foil and bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove foil for last 15 minutes of roasting time to lightly brown the skin.

Serve chicken and juices with rice or red potatoes and fresh vegetables in season.


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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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