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Edition 15.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 05, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
~ Cora Lea Bell


Valentine's Day

Don't forget your sweetheart on February 14th! Say it with a flowering plant; they keep giving for a lot longer than cut flowers. You can go with a rose bush - or branch out to something in bloom now that will rebloom for Valentine's Day every year. Flowering Maples and Camellias make beautiful gifts. Bring your sweetheart to the nursery to select his or her own.

Maybe you would enjoy a lesson about birds and bees on Valentine's Day. Join us at 10 AM for a fascinating FREE talk on Mason Bees. They are tiny, native, non-stinging bees that work hard at pollinating in early spring, and then sleep most of the year. We will offer the bees and their habitats for sale.

At 1 PM, join us as our Garden Consultant, Lorena Gorsche, shows off 10 Great Hummingbird Plants. Maybe your sweetheart (or you) would love to add hummingbirds to your garden. Talk participants will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchases that day.


Deliciously Fragrant Daphne

Looking for fragrant plants to add to your garden? Consider the world of Daphnes. Yamagami's offers several types, each with its own charms. Their fragrance is sweet and pervasive. A single plant can scent an entire bed or deck when blooming. Most offer attractive foliage too. Here are the varieties currently in stock:

'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne blooms intermittently from early spring into early fall! It is incredibly fragrant and an attractive shrub, growing 2 to 3 feet tall and wide.

'Eternal Fragrance' Daphne

'Maejima' Daphne has gorgeous variegated foliage in addition to its wonderfully fragrant and profuse deep pink flowers in the spring. It grows to about 4 feet tall and wide.

'Maejima' Daphne

'Lawrence Crocker' Daphne is a long-blooming hybrid with very fragrant purple flower clusters from early spring to early fall once it is established. It is a cute dwarf growing to about 1 foot tall and wide.

'Lawrence Crocker' Daphne

'Rebecca' Daphne is a Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) cultivar that's in its glory winter into spring, when little else is in color. Its fragrant pink flowers jump out from its dark green foliage edged in golden yellow. It grows to about 4 feet tall and wide.

'Rebecca' Daphne

Variegated Winter Daphne has pink buds that open to white blossoms with the classic sweet Daphne scent. Its leaves are subtly edged in a creamy yellow. This is the Daphne that is best known and loved.

Variegated Winter Daphne

All the Daphnes share certain characteristics in common. They are drought-hardy when established. In fact, overwatering is their enemy. They love good drainage, so they thrive in containers and in raised beds or planters. In the ground, plant them high, as if they were Azaleas. They do best in our area with morning sun and afternoon shade. Deer do not like them and usually steer clear.

Daphnes are a perfect gift for a sweetheart!


Fruit Tree Selections

We have just received a fresh shipment of fruit trees including several long-awaited treasures. We have had great planting weather, so get your backyard orchard in now, then do a rain dance for some help getting them established. We also offer water-wise garden supplies, so you won't waste a drop getting your fruit trees off to a good start.

'Izu' Persimmon is a naturally dwarf tree (to 12 feet tall) with Fuyu-type crunchy fruit. The fruit is so similar in sweetness and crunch that it has (erroneously) been called dwarf Fuyu. Izu fruit is actually rounder, larger and a little earlier to ripen than Fuyu. If you are looking for a smaller tree, Izu can't be beat!

Japanese Apricots - also called Japanese salt plum (Prunus mume or ume) - offer spring blossoms and plump fruit (ume). Their fruit is usually pickled to make umeboshi. Technically they are neither an apricot nor a plum, but sometimes are labeled as one or the other. We offer 3 varieties, mostly differing by the color of the flowers. Try them in a Japanese restaurant and discover why they have so many fans.

EZ-Pick Apple trees have already been pruned once to develop low branching. This is the first step to keeping an apple tree to a reachable height, so no ladder climbing is required for pruning or picking. This means the first year of training, according to our Backyard Orchard Culture Guide, has been already done. Often it is that first big cut that people find the hardest to do. No worries with these trees; they already have low branches! We offer some of the most popular varieties as EZ-Picks - including 'Golden Delicious', 'Honeycrisp' and 'Red Fuji'.

Come in for these treasures and see what other treasures you can find. We can help you create your own garden of eatin'!


GardenStone Pottery

Yamagami's Nursery is pleased to have just received the much-requested GardenStone pottery. It is prized for its fine detail and craftsmanship, beautiful finishes and special blend of cast stone.

The pots are available in concrete and in fiberglass. The concrete/stone has a 5-year unconditional weatherproof guarantee not to crack in cold weather. The fiberglass pottery is amazingly lightweight and easy to handle.

GardenStone prides itself on blending yesterday's craftsmanship with today's technology.

Come in to admire them for yourself. You can see the timeless elegance of every piece.


New Organic Soils

Yamagami's Nursery is pleased to add two new Gardner & Bloome organic soils and amendments to our line-up. Both fill a much-needed niche.

Gardner & Bloome Raised Bed & Potting Mix is formulated for raised beds and large planters like half barrels. It's way easier to use than mixing heavy topsoil with other products.

It is in economic 3 cubic foot bales.

Now is the time to get those raised beds ready for spring planting!

Gardner & Bloome Planting Compost is a real composted product. It contains composted tomatoes, composted rice hulls, and composted almond shells; all of which used to be simply thrown away. It is vegan!

Use it to amend your soil or use it as mulch. Either way, it will improve your soil.

It is available in easy-to-manage 1.5 cubic feet bags.


Coming Events

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.

Saturday, February 14th at 1 PM
Learn about the birds and the bees! FREE 10 Great Hummingbird Plants Talk with Lorena Gorsche at 1 PM. Discover hummingbird favorites to add to your garden. Class participants will receive a coupon for 20% off 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!


Asparagus Frittata

What You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds small asparagus (chopped into 1/4 inch pieces)
  • 1 dozen eggs (beaten)
  • 2 pounds sweet Italian sausage (no anise) (finely chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Step by Step:

  • Coat a non-stick frying pan with one tablespoon of olive oil and brown the sausage.
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and the asparagus. Cook on medium heat stirring occasionally until asparagus begins to soften.
  • Add salt and pepper to the beaten eggs according to your preference. Add eggs to the sausage and asparagus mixture.
  • Cook on medium heat, using a spatula to clean the sides of the frying pan.
  • When eggs are almost firm, remove pan from stove and put under broiler until mixture is totally set and lightly brown.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving.

Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association.


3 day forecast

3 day forecast


Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

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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