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Edition 15.30 Yamagami's Garden Center July 23, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!"
~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Special Order Fruit Trees (SOFT)

It's time to start planning your future backyard orchard, be it 1 tree or 20. Our SOFT program enables you to order almost anything Dave Wilson Nursery grows. The SOFT trees arrive bareroot starting in January. There are several advantages to planting bareroot:

Selection: There are varieties available that would otherwise seldom be seen in a retail setting, like Antique Apples.

Rootstocks: In many cases the same tree is available on different rootstocks, so you can choose the one that best suits your soil and purposes. See for descriptions of the various rootstocks available.

Price: Bareroot trees cost less than most trees in containers.

Adaptability: Bareroot trees “take” more readily than containerized trees. Since they are dormant when planted, there is no transplant shock or transition.

Ease of Planting: Bareroot is easier to plant. Since the roots are pruned, the planting hole can be smaller.

Specialties to consider include several tasty plum crosses like Pluots (plum x apricot), Pluerries (plum x cherry) and Plum-cots (older plum/apricot crosses). Check out the SOFT list and order form and find some fruit treasures.


Featured Water-Wise Plants:

Yarrows (Achilles) are hardy perennials with ferny foliage and showy flowers. They are beloved by butterflies and other pollinators, which love Yarrow's flat-topped flower heads that provide a perch along with a meal. Yarrow flower colors range from red to orange to yellow white to pink, in both bright hues and pastels. They also make great cut flowers - either dried or fresh-cut.

Yarrows range in height from 18" to 4' tall, with either green or silvery foliage. Some varieties are even mowed and used as a lawn substitute. Yarrows prefer full sun and are not picky about their soil. They are virtually pest-free and are deer-resistant! Here are a few varieties currently in stock:

'Moonshine' features broad heads of golden yellow flowers on gray/green stems.

It is an evergreen perennial growing 18" tall, and is hardy to 0° F.


'Paprika' has an unusual shade of brick-red blossoms on gray/green foliage.

It grows to about 2' tall and wide, and forms a soft clump. An evergreen perennial, it is hardy to 0º F.


'Snowsport' is an evergreen perennial with clusters of pure white flowers crowning ferny light green foliage, spring into fall.

It grows 18" tall and is hardy to 0° F.



The Dog Days of Summer

The phrase "The Dog Days of Summer" originally referred to the 20 days before and 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the sun, from a Mediterranean perspective. It has come to mean the hottest days of summer. Yamagami's is a dog/pet friendly place; our only request is that buddies must be on leash. Partially, we are pet-friendly because most staff members have pets. On most visits here, you'll see one or more of the staff's dogs. We pretty much all love dogs and are excited to greet pet visitors. In addition to dogs, we've hosted turtles, iguanas, snakes, birds, bunnies, and even a cat or two.

We invite you to visit with your buddy on Saturday, July 25th. We have set up a special summer garden setting specifically for pictures of your buddy - with or without you. We'd love for you to forward some of those shots for us to share on Facebook. Fresh water and treats will be available. Come in to celebrate the dog days of summer with your best buddy (doesn't have to be a K9).


Discover Dragon Fruit

Dragon fruit cactus (Hylocereus undatus) is a vining tropical cactus related to night-blooming cacti. Dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya, also blooms at night and has gorgeous flowers.

Our area lacks the bats and moths that would normally pollinate the blossoms. This means pollination by hand may be necessary, especially for the white-fleshed varieties. Fruit flesh can be white, pink or red. Because they are not desert cacti, they do not appreciate traditional cactus soil. Instead, they prefer a loose, rich potting soil. Grow them in containers where they can spill over and sprawl around.

The dragon fruits are prized for their delicate, sweet juiciness and their health attributes. They are high in fiber and vitamin C - and the red varieties are high in antioxidants. One of their biggest benefits is that they help regulate glucose levels. Thus, they are especially beneficial for diabetics. Delicious and nutritious, Dragon fruit are great additions to your garden of eaten'.

Gardening for a Second Season.

Gardening for a Second Season

Mid to late summer is an ideal time to plant seeds for a second gardening season that can be as productive as your major early spring plantings.

For a delicious and very nutritious cornucopia of fall meals, late summer is the time to plant juicy lettuces, the cool-season aromatic herbs - dill, garlic chives, chervil, cilantro, arugula, and parsley; hearty greens like chard or kale; baby pak choi, and other Oriental greens; carrots, beets, leeks, peas, green onions, spinach, radishes, fennel, and all the cabbage and broccoli family members.

Late-planted crops have less competition from weeds and pests and grow beautifully with less garden work. You'll have great harvests in time for Thanksgiving and many crops will hold perfectly through the low-light winter months without bolting to seed or becoming bitter tasting.

It may seem odd to be starting new seeds when a lot of your summer produce, like squash and tomatoes, are still cranking - but it's well worth the effort. For reliable harvests in cooler weather, seedlings must have good initial growth and well-established root systems. The goal is to have fully grown, ready-to-pick plants that basically store themselves in the garden throughout the fall, so you can pick them as you need them over a long, sustained harvest season.

Start seeds in containers or in a garden area with dappled sun or light shade - wherever seeds can germinate comfortably out of the hot sun but still get plenty of light after seedlings are well-established. Transplant into well-prepared, moist soil in the evening, so they will have the advantage of cooler night temperatures to settle in and minimize shock. If daytime temperatures are still in the high 80's, shelter your newly transplanted seedlings with row cover or shade cloth for a few days so they can adjust to heat and sun.

Vegetables and Herbs for Second Season Planting:







Broccoli Raab




Mesclun Mixes



Pak Choi







Bronze Fennel






This article and information from Renee Shepard of Shepherd Garden Seeds is reprinted with permission (and our gratitude).

NOTE: All 2015 flower and vegetable seed in stock is 50% OFF through August 16th. See our Seed Planting Guide for more information.


Coming Events

Saturday, July 25th
Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer by bringing in your buddy to our summer garden display and take his or her photo surrounded with flowers. We will post the best ones on our Facebook page. Your buddy does not have to be a K9.

Saturday, August 8th, 10 AM to 2 PM
Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale
Sale to benefit the Clara B. Rees Iris Society. Members are selling divisions from their own collections. Get great prices on some great Iris varieties!

Sunday, August 9th
Fairy Garden Class

$40 fee covers all materials needed to create and take home your own whimsical creation. Make one with your kids or grandkids - it's fun for everyone! Class size is limited.

67th Anniversary Evening Sale
Thursday, August 20th, from 6 PM to 8 PM

Spin the wheel for 20% to 67% OFF your entire purchase.

Saturday, September 19th at 10 AM
The Water-Wise Landscape
with Plantsman, Mike Craib.

Class will feature plants eligible for SCV Water District rebates.


Fresh Zucchini Rellenos

A satisfying main dish or side dish with lots of color and flavor.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 medium zucchini
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (use frozen and defrosted if fresh in unavailable)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Anaheim mild green chiles (or used canned mild green 'California' chiles)
  • 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 1 to 2 cups marinara, homemade or bottled


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise.
  • Carefully scoop out the flesh and discard or save for another use.
  • Place the zucchini shells in a greased shallow baking pan in a single layer.
  • Combine the corn, eggs, milk and salt in a blender and blend to a course puree.
  • Add chopped chiles.
  • Mix 1 1/2 cups of the grated cheese into the corn mixture. (Reserve 1/2 cup for topping.)
  • Fill the zucchini shells with the corn mixture.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Dot with butter.
  • Cover with foil and bake until tender, approximately 30 minutes. Do not over-bake.
  • Top with the marinara.

Recipe from Renee's Garden

For more great garden-inspired recipes, see Renee's cookbooks, available - along with her fabulous seeds - at Yamagami's.


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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