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Edition 15.02 Yamagami's Garden Center January 8, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM

Featured Quote:

"I am writing in the garden. To write as one should of a garden one must write not outside it or merely somewhere near it, but in the garden."
~ Frances Hodgson Burnett


Heavenly Hellebores

Take a look around your garden. See all those barren spots, especially around deciduous plants. Those are perfect spots for Hellebores! They are evergreen perennials that start blooming in later winter. They prefer part-shade areas and will be happy when the deciduous plants re-leaf and start casting shade. With time, they are very tolerant of dry shade, plus they are highly deer-resistant. Wow! Best of all are the lovely bell-blossoms. New hybrids include redder reds, picotees and frilly double flowers. Come see our great selection of these hardy perennials including:

'Blue Metallic Lady' has large (up to 3" across) flowers of deep maroon with a bluish cast set against dark green foliage. It grows to about 18" tall and wide.

'Blue Metallic Lady'

'Penny's Pink' has flowers that emerge a mauve pink, then develop into a rosy pink and finally age with shades of green in the pink. Its foliage is marked with silver somewhat like a cyclamen, very attractive.

'Penny's Pink'

'Red Lady' has blossoms that face upwards to greet you with clear claret flowers, with gold centers atop dark green, leathery foliage. It won Perennial of the Year when it was introduced, for its beauty and sturdiness.

'Red Lady'

Bring life and color into the garden in winter and early spring with heavenly Hellebores.


Rose Bushes, Climbers and Trees

Dormant roses have arrived and are going fast! For the bushes and climbers, we open the packages, prune them, and seal the canes so they are ready to go. This is an ideal time to plant, so that the roses can start to root in before their big spring push. This is also the time they are easiest to handle, with the fewest number of thorns possible.

Roses are versatile, and not just for exhibiting as cut flowers. Very few plants bloom as long as roses do.

If color is your goal, plant Floribundas.

They are compact (3' tall and wide) and have clusters of flowers per stem. Their flowers are generally smaller than typical cut roses, but there are more of them. They make great borders and flowering hedges.

'Cinco de Mayo' - a Floribunda

If you need a taller border, plant Grandifloras.

They are upright growers (to 6' plus tall and about 4' wide) and also have multiple flowers per stem. Their flowers are about the same size of a typical hybrid tea cutting rose.

'Ch Ching' - a glorious Grandiflora

If single-stem cutting roses are what you want to grow, plant Hybrid Teas.

They generally grow 4' to 5' tall and wide. These are the stately roses you see on Valentine's Day.

'Barbra Streisand' - a fragrant Hybrid Tea

For vertical color, plant a Climbing Rose.

They can be grown on fences, walls, trellises, and over arbors. They play an important and dramatic part in a landscape. Their flowers range from tiny to large, so be sure to read their labels. Their height can vary greatly, too.

A Climbing Rose

For those who want the color and fragrance closer to eye and nose level, Tree Roses are ideal.

They are not just very tall bushes, they are actually bushes that have been grafted to a tall stem. Therefore, they can be floribundas, hybrid teas - and even grandifloras.

A Tree Rose

It is important to read the signs or labels on the roses, so you know what you are getting. Our tip for rose success is to give them plenty of breathing room. Proper spacing is critical to preventing diseases. Follow our FREE Rose Planting Guide for guaranteed success.

If you already have roses and want to learn how to care for them, attend a FREE Winter Rose Care Class on Saturday, January 10th or Sunday, January 11th. See Coming Events for details.


Flowering Plants from Oregon

Fresh off the truck from Oregon are some exciting Rhododendrons and Flowering Cherry trees. Because Rhodies are getting harder and harder for us to find, we are excited to have received even a few varieties. Small plants are truly scarce and the 1 gallon size we received are likely to be the only ones we will get this year. Follow our FREE planting guide to success!

'Purple Gem' and 'Ramapo' represent the best of the purple dwarf hybrid Rhododendrons.

Early to bloom, they add beautiful color when little else is in color. They are perfect for tucking around larger spring and summer bloomers. They are both available in 1 gallon size for easy planting.

'Purple Gem' Rhododendron

'Lee’s Dark Purple' Rhododendron is quite a bit larger, with much larger foliage and flowers.

Its deep purple buds open to a lighter purple with dark markings.

'Lee's Dark Purple' Rhodendron

Flowering cherries are budded and waiting for spring weather to burst forth.

'Akebono' Cherry puts on a show in Washington D. C. every year.

It offers semi-double pink flowers which fade to white on graceful branches. It can be kept under 20 feet tall with pruning, otherwise it grows to 30 feet tall and 40 feet wide.

'Akebono' Flowering Cherry

We are excited to receive the very showy 'Extraordinaire' Weeping Cherry.

It has very large double pink flowers on weeping branches, making it a stunning focal point.

'Extraordinaire' Weeping Cherry

Some of these might be the only specimens we get this year, so come in soon to see them. For the sake of the buds and blossoms, these plants are best planted before they go into bloom.


Old-Fashioned Carnations from Annie's Annuals!

Old-fashioned, cutting Carnations are arriving on Friday from Annie's Annuals! Growing to 30" tall, they are long-lived perennials offering flowers up to 4" across for most of the year. They are so delightful you'll want to eat them and - guess what - you can!

They have multiple flowers on bluish-green stems, making beautiful bouquets. The more you cut them, the more they will bloom. Once a year, after a heavy bloom, cut them down to 6" tall and the clump will refresh itself.

We are receiving 4 enchanting varieties:


What's New at Renee's
Garden Seed

Sow these beauties now for spring harvest.

'Purple Sun' Carrots
Regally beautiful and rich in flavor, 'Purple Sun' Carrots are loaded with antioxidants for good health. Slice them to admire the golden sun center tucked into the purple flesh. They are sweet and yummy raw or cooked.

'Purple Sun' Carrots

'Tuscan' Baby Kale
This baby kale variety is tender with a milder flavor than its large cousins. It is also faster growing and very tasty in salads, no cooking needed. Because it is a “cut and come again” variety, a single planting can be harvested over and over again.

'Tuscan' Baby Kale

Rosette Tatsoi - Exclusive to Renee's Garden
This fast growing variety swiftly grows into rosettes up to a foot in diameter. They are so lovely; they make wonderful edible ornamentals in a flowerbed or as a border. Their good looks come with a mild, sweet flavor. Enjoy them in salads and stir-fries.

Rosette Tatsoi

These are just a few of the taste treats now available from Renee's Garden Seed. Come in to browse our entire selection, and pick up your summer veggie seeds while you are here. We offer G & B Seed Starting Soil, heat mats and the supplies you need to succeed with seeds!


Coming Events

Saturday, January 10th at 10 AM or Sunday, January 11th at 11 AM

Winter Rose Care Class with Lorena Gorsche. Learn about pruning, dormant spraying, and general rose care with an emphasis on earth-friendly practices.

FREE, plus participants will receive a 20% discount on their purchases that day!

Saturday, January 10th at 1 PM

Winter Pruning and Garden Clean-up Guidelines (formerly Pruning 101) with Lorena Gorsche.

FREE, plus participants will receive a 20% discount on their purchases that day!

Saturday, 1/24 at 10 AM

Fruit Tree Pruning and Care with Nancy Garrison.

FREE, plus participants will receive a 20% discount on their purchases that day!

Chinese New Year starts Feb. 19th.

We are entering the Year of the Goat!

We have a great selection of Kumquats for your celebration. Many even have fruit on them! We also have a good supply of other citrus and blooming plants.

Sat., March 7th from 10 AM to 2 PM.

FREE Citrus Tasting hosted by Generation Growers. Talk with the grower for tips and suggestions. Come taste winter's gold and discover new favorites.


March 18th - March 22nd
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

A fun experience for the whole family with gardens, classes and fun. Early tickets (until March 9) are $17.50. Buy your tickets here, and avoid the line at the show. Bring your ticket back after the show (no matter where you purchased it) and receive $20 off a $50 or larger purchase until April 5th. Wow! Its like going for free!


Sautéed Carrots with
Garlic Cloves and Fennel

From Renee Shepherd's latest cookbook, The Renee's Garden Cookbook

The savory richness of slow-cooked whole garlic cloves accents sweet carrots and the sweet anise flavor of fennel.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, and cut diagonally into 1/2-inch slices
  • 12 cloves garlic, peeled (left whole)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped fennel bulbs
  • (reserve tops for garnish) salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel tops

Step by Step:

  • In a heavy (preferably nonstick) skillet with a tight-fitting lid, warm the oil over medium heat.
  • Add the carrots, garlic, onion and fennel, and toss to coat with the oil.
  • Cover the pan, lower the heat, and sauté slowly over very low heat, stirring frequently, for 10 to 15 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste, tarragon and parsley, and toss to combine.
  • Garnish with chopped fennel tops and serve.
Serves 4


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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.
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Preston Oka

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