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Edition 15.25 Yamagami's Garden Center June 18, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

Featured Quote:

"'Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!"

~ William Wordsworth, Lines Written in Early Spring, 1798

Happy Father's Day


Sunday, June 21st is Father's Day. It's a time to be thankful for the fathers and father figures in your life. While roses are the traditional Mother's Day offering, we thought Cacti and Succulents, the easiest plants to grow, would be the perfect gift for the busy dad.

To celebrate, we are offering 20% OFF all Cacti and Succulents on Saturday and Sunday, June 20th and 21st. Water-Wise and gratifyingly easy to grow; Cacti and Succulents are available singly or in dish gardens. Come see our tremendous selection and give Dad something he can enjoy for years to come.


Million Pollinator
Garden Challenge

Did you know pollinators are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we take each day!? Pollinator populations have been in decline and they need our help. How can you help? Take the challenge and plant a pollinator garden! Make it a family affair.

The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge (MPGC) is a nationwide call to action to preserve and create gardens and landscapes that help revive the health of bees, butterflies, birds, bats and other pollinators across America. Pollinator gardens provide one way to reverse the ongoing pollinator decline by offering food, water, cover and places to raise young pollinators. Hundreds of thousands of gardeners, horticultural professionals, schools, and volunteers are rallying to help reach a million pollinator gardens over the next two years.

Any individual can contribute by planting for pollinators and joining this effort to provide a million pollinator gardens across the United States. Every habitat of every size counts, from window boxes to garden plots. A portion of the White House Garden is devoted to pollinator health. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge encourages gardeners to register their garden or pollinator site on the SHARE map

Learn more at and join the discussion on Social Media through the hashtag #PolliNation.  

Here are a few fun facts about Pollinator Gardens:

• A cluster of flowers 4 feet in diameter is a bigger draw than the same number of plants scattered over a larger area.

• Plant flowers that appear spring through fall to attract lots of different pollinators.

• Different shaped flowers attract different pollinators.

• Indiscriminate use of pesticides is a major threat to pollinators.

• The estimated value of pollinators' services is upwards of 4 billion dollars.

For Pollinator Plant suggestions, see our new Water-Wise Plants For Pollinators Guide.



Add a kiss of aloha to your garden with Plumeria, also known as Frangipani. These fragrant sub-tropical beauties have come to symbolize the bliss of the islands. They are easier to grow than you might think and quite water-wise.

Just a few precautions in the winter, as covered in Yamagami's FREE Plumeria Guide, are all that are needed. We offer some of the best colors and selections from California's leading Plumeria grower. Import the fragrance of aloha into your garden! Supply is limited.


Featured Water-Wise Plant:
Verbena 'De La Mina'

Verbena 'De La Mina' is native to an island off Baja California and thrives in our warm, dry weather; it is a lovely shrubby groundcover growing about 2 feet tall by 3 to 4 feet wide. It blooms prolifically with clusters of fragrant, purple flowers in spring and summer. Hummingbirds and butterflies are drawn to the flowers and can often be seen dancing above the plants.

It tolerates sun and part-sun equally well. 'De La Mina' Verbena is hardy to about 20°F and recovers quickly from cold damage. Once established, it requires little watering.


EZ Wet
Make Every Drop Count!

Dry soil actually repels water, causing it to run off instead of soaking in. That is a huge waste of water. What can you do? Apply EZ Wet Soil Penetrant so water goes to the roots - not to the gutter. In fact, the deeper water can go, the deeper the roots will grow. The deeper the roots, the better a plant can withstand drought, frost and heat stress.

EZ Wet Soil Penetrant is biodegradable, has a neutral pH, and can be used on any soil. Regular use will promote deeper root system and leach excess salts away from the root zone. It will alleviate run-off, erosion, dry spots and soil compaction problems. Often brown spots in lawns are alleviated when water is able to sink in.

June Drop

Do your last thinning on deciduous fruit trees after June drop, nature's way of getting rid of an overload of fruit. It may occur any time between early May and July but is most likely to happen in June. One day you visit your apple, peach or apricot tree and find a circle of immature fruit lying on the ground under the branches. You may worry if you are new to fruit trees, but don't panic! It's a natural part of the cycle. These trees often set more than double the amount of fruit they could possibly ripen properly, so they simply drop off part of it. This year, because of the drought, we are likely to experience more drop than usual. Another consequence is that fruit size is likely to be smaller than usual.

If you thinned out fruit on your trees earlier, you enabled the remaining fruit to grow larger and thus will have less fruit dropping now. Nevertheless, you may need to remove even more fruit than naturally drops in order to space your crop evenly down the branches. Inspect other deciduous fruit trees that are less subject to June drop (plums, for instance) and thin out their fruits also.

Clean up any fallen fruit under the tree before it has a chance to rot and spread disease. If it's healthy, chop it and add it to your compost pile (cover it with earth to keep away flies and rodents). Also water your deciduous fruit trees deeply in June and July. We recommend using soaker hoses so water will drench the roots without running off.


Coming Events

Watering 101 Classes with Alan Tagami on: Saturday, June 20th at 3 PM. FREE!

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

Father's Day Sale! 20% OFF All Cacti and Succulents on Saturday June 20th and Sunday, June 21st.

They are perfect for someone who doesn't want to fuss with a picky plant!

6/25 - 6/28 Summer Sale!
30%-50% OFF In stock Statuary, Fountains, Pottery, and Plants
(1 gallon can size and up). 20% OFF special order plants (1 gallon size and up).

Saturday, July 4th
Special Offer- 40% OFF any ONE item of your choice!
We are open 9 AM to 2 PM. Don't miss out!


 Smoked Salmon Flatbread Pizzas

Makes 6 appetizer flatbread pizzas

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 3/4 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 2 small lemons: 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated zest removed, lemon sliced very thinly
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, divided
  • 1/4 cup drained capers
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced paper thin
  • 12 ounces thin-sliced smoked salmon


  • Adjust oven racks to lowest and highest positions, and heat oven to 500 degrees.
  • Mix flour and salt in a food processor. Pour 1/3 cup warm water over flour mixture; process to form a soft dough ball, adding a teaspoon or so more water if dough does not come together, about 15 seconds.
  • With floured hands, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut into six pieces. Working one at a time, roll dough to an approximate 7-inch round, coating with flour and turning as necessary to keep it from sticking.
  • Transfer to 1 of your 2 large parchment- or silpat-lined rimless cookie sheets. Prick dough rounds with a fork and bake, switching cookie sheets to opposite racks after 7 minutes, until spotty brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.


  • Mix cream cheese, lemon zest and half the dill.
  • Spread flatbreads with cream cheese mixture and top in the following order: capers, onions, smoked salmon, lemon slices and remaining dill.

Smoked Salmon Flatbread Pizza. - Maggy Keet


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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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