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Edition 15.15 Yamagami's Garden Center April 9, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"Spring is a true re-constructionist."
~Henry Timrod


 

'Golden Muscat', 'Fall Gold' and
Other Edible Treasure!

Fruits in starter size (liner pots) have been a treasure trove for gardeners. Liner pots are easier to plant and get established than their larger brethren. This year we have received fruit trees, blueberry bushes and fruiting vines in much-sought-after varieties.

'Golden Muscat' Grape is an American grape prized for its sweet and juicy fruit with a distinctive flavor. It is vigorous and productive, bearing large clusters of luscious, greenish-gold grapes. It is eaten as a table grape, and also used in winemaking.

'Fall Gold' Raspberry bears large, sweet and juicy, golden berries. It is an everbearing variety, meaning it bears two crops a year, summer and fall.

Donut Peach (AKA Peento or Pan Tao Peach) bears sweet and tangy white-fleshed fruit with an unusual flying saucer shape. It is also called Saturn Peach.

'Issai' Kiwi (Actinidia arguta) is the perfect solution for someone who loves the taste of kiwis, but lacks the space for multiple very large vines. Issai vines are compact (12 to 20 ft.) and can even be grown in containers. The fruit is small, very sweet, flavorful, and FUZZLESS. Since 'Issai' is self-fruitful, you only need one plant to harvest buckets of fruit!

Spring is a terrific time to get these and all the other liner pot fruits growing. Come see all the choices!


 

'Seascape' Lomandra

Here's the perfect ornamental grass for the water-wise landscape: 'Seascape' Lomandra. It offers blue-gray, arching leaves that weep down to the ground. Seascape is a male plant that produces small, very fragrant, yellow flowers on spikes that sit atop the foliage. The clumps get 1' to 2' tall and 2' to 3' wide.

It makes a handsome border and is also very attractive in containers. It thrives in full sun or even half sun conditions. Once it is established, Seascape needs only occasional watering. It is yet another sturdy Australian native plant.


 

Tomato Season in Full Swing!

Our tomato section is stuffed with hundreds of tasty choices. Whether it's heirlooms or the latest hybrids, you'll find every size and color of tomato possible. Newly arrived are the grafted tomatoes, Mighty Matos. Why graft tomatoes? The best reason is to take advantage of the sturdiness and vigor of a hardy rootstock. Many heirloom tomatoes succumb to soil borne fungus problems for which they have no built-in resistance. Other varieties are susceptible to blossom end rot because their roots do not process calcium efficiently. Overall, grafted varieties will bear heavier crops, because of their increased vigor.

Currently we offer grafted 'Chocolate Stripe' tomato, a real crowd pleaser in taste tests. It produces medium to large, mahogany fruit with deep olive stripes. It has that rich smoky flavor of “black” tomatoes. It is also susceptible to verticillium Wilt (a fungus) that is prevalent in our area.

'San Marzano' tomatoes are Italian heirloom pear or paste tomatoes. They are considered the very best tomato for cooking and sauce. The problem is that most pear or paste tomatoes are very susceptible to blossom end rot and can be difficult to grow.

'Stupice' tomato is an heirloom tomato from Czechoslovakia that is tolerant of cooler summers. It has delicious fruits and bears them early and prolifically. If you have had Verticillium Wilt in your soil before, plant the grafted version for a reliable long season of harvest.

Grafted tomatoes are in very limited quantities, and will not be in stock long. Many of the lesser-known tomatoes are here briefly then gone for the season. We suggest that true tomato aficionados browse the tomato section regularly for elusive treasures.


 

New Compact Bay Leaf
'Little Ragu'!

'Little Ragu' is new, and bound to be popular with foodies and plant lovers. The traditional form of bay (Laurus nobilis) is a tall shrub or small tree, getting as tall as 20' or even more.

Little Ragu gets 6' to 10' in ten years, and is easy to keep pruned to 6' or lower. Its wavy green leaves have excellent fragrance and flavor.

It makes a great container plant or easy-to-manage hedge. Little Ragu is also a good topiary candidate. It is available in a convenient starter size.


 

Coming Events


Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day, and Friday, April 24th is Arbor Day.

Celebrate the earth and spring by planting a tree!


Sunday, May 10th is Mother's Day!

Plan your garden gifts now, while there is time to special-order her favorite plants or tools.


Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th

Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale!
hosted by the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Sociey, from 10 AM to 2 PM both days. This is your chance to purchase starts for florist-type mums. Society members are happy to answer your questions and help you get started.


Saturday, June 13th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Fuchsia Show and Sale!
Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms and learn how to grow your own. Fuchsia Talk at 12 noon. FREE!


 

Pasta Primavera
A spring classic!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 pound fusilli, cooked and drained
  • 2 cups fresh asparagus, diagonally cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup fresh green peas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, cut into julienne strips
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups fresh cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced fresh basil

Step by Step:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, adding asparagus and peas during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
  • Drain and place in a large bowl.
  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  • Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes; sauté for 1 minute.
  • Stir in broth, whipping cream, salt and red pepper; cook for 2 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  • Add tomato mixture to pasta mixture; toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve immediately.

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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, yamagamisnursery.com for help in making your yard into a beautiful garden.
Thanks for visiting,

Preston Oka

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