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Edition 15.21 Yamagami's Garden Center May 21, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau

Memorial Day Specials!
All Roses and Liner Pot Fruits 20% OFF
Saturday, May 23 through
Monday, May 25

Roses include bushes, climbers and rose trees. Liner Pot Fruit includes berries, figs, pomegranates, pears and more!


Go Bananas
Over Sub-Tropical Fruit!

Yes, we have some bananas; we have some banana trees today! 'Goldfinger 'Banana is a medium-sized (8' to 12') tree that bears tasty fruit. It has some cold tolerance and is disease-resistant. 'Dwarf Cavendish' Banana is a compact (6' to 8') plant that bears 5" long fruit. All bananas appreciate a warm location with some frost and wind protection. Stake the flowering stem as soon as you see it, so that the weight of the fruit does not bend it.

'Dwarf Cavendish' Banana

Pineapple Guavas (Feijoa) are remarkably sturdy sub-tropicals; frost-hardy, drought-hardy and disease/pest resistant. Their fruit is delicious, and they even harvest themselves when ripe. Wow! They are also very useful landscape plants, making handsome hedges or screens. 'Nazemetz' are upright plants with large, tasty fruit. 'Coolidge 'plants are rounder plants and make lovely round-headed patio trees.

Pineapple Guava

White Sapotes are not very well known, because the fruit does not ship well. Even Farmer's Markets rarely offer them. Once you taste them; though, you'll want to grow your own. They are incredibly sweet, with a custard-like texture. The tree is evergreen and will do well where orange trees do well. We offer 'Vernon', a green-skinned, white-fleshed variety with excellent flavor.

'Vernon' White Sapote

Another shipment of Avocados has arrived with some of the harder-to-get varieties. 'Jim Bacon' is one of the most cold-hardy varieties and a long-time favorite of local fruit guru, Nancy Garrison. She has a magnificent specimen that bears bushels of tasty fruit.

'Lamb Hass' is a Hass-type with a couple of differences. Most importantly, instead of only bearing its fruit on the outer edge of the canopy (where it is easily frost, sun and wind damaged) 'Lamb Hass' bears along its branches, so some of the fruit is protected by the tree's canopy. Other benefits are: it is a smaller tree, and it is summer-ripening.


Other sub-tropical fruit in stock includes figs, pomegranates, and a large selection of citrus. Come to Yamagami's to create your own garden of eatin'.


Featured Water-Wise Plant:
'Elizabeth' California Bush Anemone

Carpenteria californica 'Elizabeth', the California Bush Anemone, is a native plant of year-round beauty. It is a dark green shrub (6 to 8 ft tall with an equal spread) that has single white flowers in the spring. The flowers resemble Camellias, and have prominent gold stamens. It looks almost formal and works well by itself or as a transition plant to a native or water-wise garden.

Once established, it needs very little, if any, summer watering. 'Elizabeth' enjoys sun or some part shade and is suitable around the canopy of an oak tree. It combines well with the 'Emerald Carpet' Manzanita from our last newsletter for a manicured landscape effect with water-wise plants.


Taste a Rainbow of Tomatoes!

Tomatoes are available in many different colors, each with a different flavor profile. Black" varieties, for example, offer a complex, smoky flavor. The yellows and oranges have a less acidic, sweeter taste than other colors. Then there are the striped tomatoes. Their flavor is often mild, but rich and quote unlike their red cousins. Some of our favorite colors and varieties include:

'Paul Robeson' is a "black" tomato with a complex sweet and smoky flavor. It is a Russian heirloom variety renamed for the great opera singer who defied the McCarthy Committee reign of terror in the 1950's. It makes an amazing salsa.

'Paul Robeson'

'Hillbilly' is a giant striped heirloom, beefsteak. It offers the mild quality of yellow tomatoes with the super-rich flavor of a red beefsteak. They are really gorgeous sliced, and make a showy, delicious Caprese Salad.


'Orange Strawberry' is a large, bright orange oxheart tomato with a point on the bottom, so it does have a strawberry shape. It is sweet, yet tangier than other orange tomatoes. It is juicy and very meaty, with few seeds.

'Orange Strawberry'

These are just a few of the many colorful and tasty varieties available. Rainbow dining means getting the benefits of different antioxidants, all of which are heart-healthy. Try a few and discover the pleasure of diversity.


Ruben's Color Pick:
Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis'

Plectranthus 'Velvet Elvis' is a very showy, long-blooming perennial for the shade. Its lavender flower spikes reappear throughout the warm season in beautiful contrast to its dark green foliage with reddish undersides.. It plays well with others in container gardens and flowerbeds. 'Velvet Elvis' grows to about 2' tall and wide.

'Velvet Elvis'


Coming Events

Watering 101 Classes with Alan Tagami on weekends in May as follows:
Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 31.
Classes will be at 3 PM and FREE!

Learn how to keep your garden healthy, while conserving water.

Saturday and Sunday, June 6th and 7th

Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale hosted by the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society, 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!


Buffalo Cauliflower Chunks

This makes a great side dish or guilt-free snack.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into 1-1 1/2 inch florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup hot sauce (your favorite works best!)

Step by Step:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Toss the cauliflower in the oil, salt and pepper.
  • Place in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, until crispy.
  • Remove from the oven, place into a large bowl, and toss with the hot sauce.


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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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