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Edition 14.45 Yamagami's Garden Center November 6, 2014
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM

Featured Quote:

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
~Albert Camus


Yamagami's Harvest Sale

Friday, November 7th through
Sunday, November 9th

30% OFF Outdoor Plants in 1 gal. size and larger

30% OFF Houseplants in 6" pots and larger

Specials on merchandise throughout the nursery!

Limited to stock on hand; sale prices cannot be combined with other discounts.



Order Multi-graft Fruit Now!

Our fruit trees in biodegradable paper pots, including multi-grafts and espaliers, will start arriving in January. You can order them now from our just published 2015 Paper Pot Fruit Tree Catalog! We sell out quickly of some of our most popular selections; so early ordering is the best way to ensure you get that special tree. Unlike bareroot trees, paper-potted trees can wait until you and your garden are ready to plant. They can wait happily up to a year in their paper pots.

Multi-graft trees are a wonderful way to grow more varieties in small spaces. There are additional bonuses of a longer harvest season and better pollination. You can choose multiple varieties of one type of fruit or different fruit types on one tree. Multi-grafts offer the opportunity to prune to keep the grafts balanced, OR to prune to let a favored variety dominate the tree. Fruits that require a pollinator, like cherries, have the pollen required on the very next branch, ensuring best harvests.

The most popular of the multi-grafts are the Fruit Salad trees. They include an apricot, a nectarine, a peach, and a plum. Each is pretty much a small orchard in a single tree! Close in popularity are the multi-graft Asian Pears, and the multi-graft Pluots. Each offers four tasty varieties grafted on a single tree, Planting one of each of these three multi-grafts will yield harvests summer into fall.

Many other delicious fruits are available in paper pots. Browse the list here. Let us help you succeed with your own garden of eatin'.


Ruben's Veggie Picks

Ruben is always looking for interesting and tasty selections for our veggie department. Following are a couple of his favorites that are currently available:

Purple kohlrabi is a beautiful bulb that develops above ground. Although it resembles a radish or turnip, it is much sweeter with a texture more like Jicama. It can be eaten raw, roasted, or pickled. Its leaves are also tender and tasty. If you enjoy crunch, this is a great fall garden substitute for cucumbers in salads or relish trays. Here is an easy recipe for Purple kohlrabi pickles:

Purple Kohlrabi

Sugar Sprint Pea is a dwarf (2' to 2 1/2' tall) sugar snap pea that requires no staking. It is a heavy producer of very sweet snap peas that are virtually stringless. This is a great choice to grow with kids, as they are sweet and tasty picked straight from the vine. The vine itself is disease resistant and tolerant of the occasional winter heat wave.

Sugar Sprint Peas

Because our veggie selection is always changing, browsing it regularly will yield a surprising breadth of choices from ethnic favorites to new hybrids to heirloom treats. We invite you to visit often!


Perennial Cool Season Color!

Looking for some long-lasting, perennial, cool season color to brighten your garden? Consider these two sturdy, versatile choices. Each offers a long blooming season, very few, if any, pest issues and a wide range of sun and water needs.

Safari Sunrise Aloeis a new garden beauty with shiny green, grassy leaves topped with spikes of showy tubular flowers. The rose-pink spike opens from the base to cream colored flowers, while the top stays pink.

Flower spikes appear late summer into mid-winter for a glorious fall display that is a delight to hummingbirds. The clump itself is fast growing to 1'tall to 3'wide. It makes a great, water-wise groundcover or border in sunny spots.

Safari Sunrise Aloe

Fairy Lily (Zephyranthes candida) is a long-blooming bulb with evergreen foliage and lovely white tubular flowers in summer and fall. Another name for it is Rain Lily because it sets flowers after rains or watering, if you allow it to dry out a bit in between waterings.

It grows to 10" tall and 1'to 2' wide in a very tidy clump. It is one of the UC Davis All-Star Plants because in addition to being water-wise, adaptable to sun or shade and pest-free, it is also attractive to beneficial insects.

Fairy Lily

Take a look around your garden. Surely there are spots that could use some color. Choose either or both of these plants or come in to see many other candidates.


Coming Events

Friday, November 7th to
Sunday, November 9th

Harvest Sale!
Harvest some great deals! 30% OFF Outdoor plants 1 gallon size and larger and Houseplants 6" pot or larger!

Friday, November 21st

Yamagami's Christmas Tree Lot Opens!

Thursday, November 27th

Yamagami's Nursery is closed for Thanksgiving.


Rickey's Pumpkin Soup

This recipe makes an incredible presentation and is quite tasty as well! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced small
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced small
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 lbs. of acorn squash seeded, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups chicken broth or substitute a vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • chopped scallions for garnish

Step by Step:

  • Remove pumpkin meat from pumpkin and discard seeds (or save them to roast).
  • Put the pumpkin meat in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the butter and sauté the onions, apple and oregano with pumpkin pie spice for 7-10 minutes.
  • Add the acorn squash and the pumpkin meat and sauté for another 5-10 minutes to ensure squash is softened.
  • Stir in the stock (vegetable or chicken), along with the pepper and salt.
  • Place on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
  • When the squash begins to fall apart this is done.
  • Using an immersion stick blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the pumpkin shell, add the cream and the purée.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, covering the top of the pumpkin with foil.
  • When ready to serve, garnish with scallions and serve the soup right out of the top of the pumpkin.

Hint: for a nice twist, serve soup with cheddar cheese grated over it.


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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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