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Edition 15.04 Yamagami's Garden Center January 22, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad."
~ Miles Kington


A Treat For Your Eyes,
A Feast For Your Hummers!

We have just received a group of Flowering Maples (Abutilons) in bloom! They come in an amazing array of flower colors and sizes. What they all have in common is that hummingbirds love them! It's so much fun to watch the hummers get territorial about THEIR plant. It is a good idea to plant one in front of a window or by a garden bench, so you can sit quietly and enjoy their antics.

Flowering Maples are mostly upright growers that bloom beautifully nearly year-round. Although they prefer morning sun with shade in the afternoon, they have a wide range of tolerance. Colors range from red to pink to coral to orange to yellow, plus combinations. Some even have variegated foliage. Most are hybrids selected for intense colors or bountiful blossoms.

Hummers Love Abutilons

Here are a few examples of varieties currently in stock:

'Tiger Eye' - Highly sought after for its myriad of red-striped golden blossoms, 'Tiger Eye' grows 6 to 8 feet tall.

'Tiger Eye'

'Jerry's Red Wax' - Bold red flowers on a tall plant (un-pruned to 15 feet), Jerry's Red Wax is a dramatic addition to any garden.

'Jerry's Red Wax'

'Pink Parasol' - With a nearly non-stop season of large, rose-pink blossoms covering the compact (3 to 5 feet tall) plant, Pink Parasol makes a great foundation plant.

'Pink Parasol'

'Mardi Gras' - Dazzling variegated foliage is only part of the party. Add soft orange bell-shaped flowers nearly year-round on this tall (to 10 feet), sturdy plant for a celebration of color.

'Mardi Gras'

Come in to see our entire selection of Flowering Maples and add color and life to your garden!


Berry Tasty Garden Additions

We have received more of the very convenient liner pot size of fruits and berries, with even more arriving next week.

These are young plants that will hit the ground running. Unlike bareroot, they do not need to grow new roots to grow. Their potted roots are already growing and just waiting for a new home.

Berry selection includes blueberries, blackberries, goji berries, gooseberries, raspberries and Ollalieberries. Come see the terrific varieties available in liner pots. Fruit trees in liner pots include figs, Asian pears, pomegranates and tasty, fire blight-resistant Warren pear.

Want to learn how to take care of your fruit trees? Attend a FREE Winter Fruit Tree Class on Saturday, January 24th at 10 AM. See Coming events below for details.


Ruben's Winter Garden Picks

A vegetable garden is a work in progress. There are always taste treats to add as crops fade or are harvested. Sometimes it's a matter of adding on to an existing garden or even just adding container gardens closer to the kitchen for more convenient harvesting. Here are a couple of newly available organically grown additions to consider:

Perpetual Spinach - Despite its name, this is actually a chard, similar to Swiss chard but much more tender.

Harvest the flavorful leaves year-round. The more often you pick, the more new leaves it will grow. Use the leaves wherever you would use spinach leaves.

Perpetual Spinach

Japanese Red Round Turnip - a traditional Japanese turnip variety with deep scarlet skin and crisp, white flesh. Delicious sweet flavor whether harvested young or mature. The greens are also delicious, especially harvested young.

Japanese Round Red Turnip

For winter and spring color, consider planting Obconica primroses, sometimes known as German primroses. They bloom profusely in the cooler months and go dormant in the summer. We currently offer the "Touch Me" varieties, preferred because they do not irritate skin the way old-fashioned ones can. Their flower clusters look like Hydrangeas in dark orange, pink, and dark blue colors. They are terrific in containers in sun to part-sun.


Tammy's Picks of
Garden Helpers

As our new Garden Supply buyer, Tammy has been looking for tools for water-wise gardening.

Here are some new items to help you succeed with bountiful gardens while being water-wise.

Tree Soaker Rings can offer up to 90% water reduction over conventional watering by simply soaking the area around your tree without wasting a drop!

They are made of recycled materials and come with a lifetime guarantee. They are perfect for fruit trees and shade trees.

ColorStorm Premium Rubber Hoses are not water-savers, except that hand watering allows for watering only where and when it is needed, which means much lower water usage than automatic sprinklers. What they are more about is ending typical hose frustrations.

These hoses can sit in the sun without being damaged by heat, resist kinking even in very cold weather, and have crush-proof nickel-plated ends. They come in a rainbow of colors, in 50 foot length, and are made in the USA.

Snip-n-Drip Soaker System
This system is easy to install and is remarkably effective for watering rows. It's perfect for raised beds, vegetable gardens or flowerbeds. It allows for even moisture while still conserving water. You'll even have fewer weeds than a sprinkler-watered area. It waters up to 4 rows 25 feet long.

Watch: Garden Row Snip-n-Drip Soaker System
Watch: Snip-n-Drip Overview

Yamagami's wants you to succeed in having the garden you want and still conserve water. Come in to see the other water-wise garden supplies in stock.


Coming Events

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!

Saturday, February 14th at 10 AM
Learn about the birds and the bees! FREE Mason Bee Class. Learn about these tiny native bees and how to encourage them in your garden. Mason bees and their habitats will be available for sale.

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!


Chicken Fajita Pizza

What You'll Need:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, skinned, boned, and cut into 2 x 1/2 inch strips
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers, strips
  • 1/2 cup red bell peppers, strips
  • Pizza dough for 12 inch pizza
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 2 cups Monterey Jack cheese, shredded

Step by Step:

  • Heat oil in large skillet.
  • Add chicken and cook, stirring frequently until lightly browned.
  • Stir in seasonings.
  • Add onions and bell peppers, cook an additional minute or so until vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Sprinkle pizza pan with semolina flour and press dough into pan.
  • Pre-bake dough until it is a very light golden brown, about 6 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and scatter chicken over crust, spoon salsa over chicken, spread vegetable mixture over that, and finally, top with cheese.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes until crust is golden brown.
Yield: 8 servings


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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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