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Edition 15.32 Yamagami's Garden Center August 6, 2015
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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Featured Quote:

"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends."
~Kazuko Okakura


Featured Water-Wise Plants:
Purple Cone Flowers
(Echinacea purpurea)

Purple Coneflowers are not just purple anymore. Hybridizers have had a great time introducing different colors and varieties currently in stock, adding double forms and compact forms to the mix. They have long been very popular for their handsome daisy flowers, their adaptability to heat and drought, and their medicinal uses.

Now, their large color range, their great appeal to pollinators, and their use in water-wise gardening have made them Water-Wise garden stars. They vary in height and width, but all are sturdy perennials that bloom from summer into fall. They need full sun to develop sturdy stems. Deadhead them to keep them blooming. Following are a few of the several we have in stock:

Echinacea 'Sombrero Salsa Red' has a bright red single flower on a compact plant (18" to 24" tall)

'Sombrero Salsa Red'

Echinacea 'Vanilla Cupcake' has double white flowers on a compact plant (to 2' tall and wide).

'Vanilla Cupcake'

Echinacea 'Double Scoop Cranberry' has large, double red flowers and grows to 30" tall and 2' wide.

'Double Scoop Cranberry'

Echinacea 'Magnus' has open-faced, mauve flowers. It grows to 3' to 5' tall and 2' to 3' wide.



Fall Tomato Crops
The Goal: Homegrown, Vine-Ripened Tomatoes for Thanksgiving!

Maybe you didn't have time to plant tomatoes this year or maybe you pulled out some poor performers already. In either case, it's not too late to try again.

We have just received several varieties of tomatoes in 4" pots for a second season of harvest. They are all quick to bear - and once they get started, they should bear right through the fall. The goal is for you to have fresh, yummy tomatoes for Thanksgiving Dinner.

Many of our "cool season" tomatoes come from parts of the world with short, chilly growing seasons. This gives them some genetic protection from cool evenings. You can boost that protection using frost fabric and Cloud Cover. Generally, small-fruited varieties ripen quickly and are most successful. There is something wonderful about harvesting tomatoes in November.

These are the organically grown varieties we currently offer:

'Beaverlodge Slicer' - from Alberta, Canada
'Juliet' - a mini-Roma type with rich flavor
'Imur Prior Beta' - from Norway
'Legend' - early variety developed in Oregon
'Prairie Fire' - from Montana
'Koralik' - red cherry from Russia
'Sun Gold' - very popular golden cherry
'Stupice' - very early and sweet - from Czechoslovakia
'Urbikany' - from Czechoslovakia
'Early Girl' - tried and true variety

In addition to delicious varieties, we offer all the supplies needed for harvest success!


Garden Art for a
Water-Wise Garden

One way to greatly reduce water use in a garden is to replace thirsty plants, like lawn, with water-wise plants. Another way is to replace thirsty plants with design elements like pathways, a few well-chosen trees for vertical interest, and garden art.

By skillfully combining non-living elements with water-wise plants, you can create an appealing landscape of vignettes.

We have just received a shipment of concrete Asian lanterns that will add a Zen spirit to your garden. You can even choose to add candles or lights to them so they are decorative and useful in the evening.

Place a lantern under a tree, beside a bench, or by a rock. Then add a water-wise, grassy plant for a complete triangle of harmony.

Come see our selection and get inspired. You can have a lovely water-wise garden that bears no resemblance to a desert. Brown is not the new green--it's just dead.

Fight Grubs NOW!

Like any other battle, timing is the key to success. April and August are the months when grub control is most successful. Grubs are the larvae of beetles or moths that grow nice and fat eating the roots of your lawn, causing brown patches.

Unpleasant as that is, it's the raccoons and skunks who love to eat the grubs that cause the worst problems. Those critters can nimbly roll back lawn like carpet to get at the tasty grubs. It is amazing the amount of damage a nocturnal feeding frenzy can do to a lawn.

Protect your lawn the natural, safer way with Safer Grub Control. It comes in a handy hose-end sprayer bottle for ease of application. Its active ingredient is Neem oil, the extract of the Neem tree. This is definitely the case where an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure!


Coming Events

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. FREE


Peanutty Sesame Noodles
Can be served warm or cold.


  • 3 cups cooked whole-grain or white noodles (any shape you like is fine), rinsed with cold water
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons raw sesame seeds
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger root (if you like, ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon warm water
  • 1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili sauce
  • 1/2 bunch scallions, chopped


  • Put the cooked pasta into the mixing bowl.
  • Put skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium.
  • After 1 minute, carefully add the canola or vegetable oil, then add the sesame seeds.
  • Stir the sesame seeds in the oil until they are just beginning to turn brown.
  • Turn heat off and remove the pan from the stove.
  • Add the garlic and ginger and stir until it turns golden brown.
  • Add the sesame oil, soy sauce and water and mix well.
  • Add the peanut butter and hot chili sauce and mix well.
  • Pour the sauce over the pasta and stir until the pasta is completely covered.
  • Sprinkle the scallions on top and serve right away or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.


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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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