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Edition 16.06 Yamagami's Garden Center February 11, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"An addiction to gardening is not all bad when you consider all the other choices in life."
~ Cora Lea Bell


Blueberry Bliss

Delicious and nutritious, blueberries are excellent home garden plants. Blueberries are beautiful in the spring garden with fragrant white or pink flowers, in the summer garden covered with berries, and in the fall garden with rich autumn-colored foliage. It's no wonder that blueberries are becoming more popular in local gardens every year. Some varieties are even evergreen. We offer many varieties of blueberries as well as a Blueberry Guide for success. You should plant at least two varieties for cross-pollination and a heavier crop. Blueberries are so delicious; it's hard to believe they are also VERY nutritious.

New this season is Perpetua, an exciting variety that produces two crops a year! It blooms in spring and produces a crop in mid-summer, then blooms again and produces a crop in fall. Wow! It's even attractive in the winter, when its young branches are bright yellow and red. Its berries are small, sweet, and bountiful.

Five Blueberry Health Facts:
• Blueberries rank first out of 60 different fruits and vegetables in antioxidant content. Content is highest when berries are picked ripe from the garden, meaning homegrown! (Tufts University study)

• Outstanding source of pterostilbene, one of the most powerful anti-cancer, anti-cholesterol, anti-diabetes compounds yet discovered.

• Blueberries are rich in iron and vitamin C.

• Blueberries (along with cranberries) contain two compounds that protect against urinary infections.

• Blueberries are a good source of fiber.

Grow your own good health – Grow Blueberries!

Say It With Flowers

40% OFF Cyclamen in 4" pots through February 14th! Their lovely blossoms dance above patterned leaves winter through spring. These shade-loving bulbs bloom through spring, go dormant in summer and come back in the winter. Keep them in pots or plant them in the ground; just be sure the top of the bulb is exposed above the soil surface.


20% OFF Flowering Quince in liner pots through February 14th! These beauties bloom in late winter before they leaf out. Their branches are cut and used in arrangements proclaiming that spring is coming.

Choose from three varieties, Super Red, Pink Delight and Texas Scarlet - in convenient, easy-to-plant liner pots. This is an excellent size to use as bonsai starters too!

Texas Scarlet Quince


Old-Fashioned Caramels

What goes with flowers for Valentine's Day? Candy, of course! Our gift buyers encountered Dutch House Caramels while shopping at a Gift Show. They couldn't resist them and had to bring them here. One taste and you'll know why!

These delicious confections are the product of a family recipe, carefully crafted. We offer individual pieces of Original Caramel, Sea Salt Caramel, and Sea Salt Chocolate Caramel. We also have some 7-packs of either Original Caramels or Sea Salt Caramels. They are a perfect bite of caramel perfection!


Fresh off the truck:
High Fragrance Camellia

High Fragrance Camellia has just arrived in one-gallon size cans! This hybrid beauty is prized for its heavenly rose-like fragrance and its large, lovely, pale pink blossoms.

It is an upright grower and makes a gorgeous hedge or espalier in filtered shade.

Plant it along a walkway for a perfumed path, or near a window to appreciate its fragrance indoors.


G & B Organics
Native Planting Mix

G & B Organics Native Planting Mix is ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants. Specially blended to provide an excellent balance between moisture retention and drainage.

The organic materials in Native Planting Mix help build life back into soils that have been nutrient-depleted due to drought conditions or frequent chemical fertilizer use.

Can be mixed with native soil or used straight from the bag.

Native Planting Mix is made from 100% natural and organic materials, so it's safe to use around children and pets.


Coming Events

Sunday, February 14th is Valentine's Day!

Proclaim your love with flowers.

Sunday, February 14th at 11 AM, Saturday, February 20th at 10 AM, and Saturday, February 27th at 10 AM

Japanese Maple Pruning Class with Landscape Consultant, Alan Tagami. Learn how to bring out the beauty of your maple.

Saturday, March 12th, at 10 AM

Get Ready for Spring Planting - Organic gardening from the ground up! Kerri Gardner talks about organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Organic garden supplies will be on display, too.

Sunday, March 13th, 11 AM to 1 PM

Celebration of Citrus! Taste many varieties of citrus fruit and citrus-enhanced goodies! Talk with the grower and discover the best citrus for your garden. FREE!


March 16th - March 20th
San Francisco Flower & Garden Show

It's a fun experience for the whole family, with gardens, classes and fun. Early tickets (through Feb. 28th) are $17.50. Buy your tickets here, and avoid the line at the show. Bring your ticket back after the show (no matter where you purchased it) and receive $20 off a $50 or larger purchase until April 3rd. Wow! Its like going for free!

Renee's Family Recipe for
Homemade Chicken Soup 

The special ingredients are the addition of a few cloves and fresh ginger, which adds richness and complexity.

What You Need: 

  • One very large, deep soup pot, heavy enough so it can simmer without burning.
  • 2-3 large onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3 large garlic cloves, peeled and mashed or chopped
  • 5-6 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch rounds
  • Optional: two parsnips, peeled and cut 1/2 inch rounds
  • 1/2 small bunch of celery, strings removed, cut into 1 inch slices - or use 1 large celeriac root, peeled and cut in 1 inch slices
  • A 3-5 lb. fresh whole chicken, rinsed thoroughly, including giblets (except liver) or use 2 large whole chicken breasts
  • 4-6 15oz. cans (depends on the size of your pot) good-quality chicken broth. (You can use bouillon cubes and water, but that is definitely a 2nd choice. )
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 whole cloves or 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped finely - or use 1 1/2 teaspoons dried ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. dried thyme or 2 T fresh chopped thyme
  • Salt to taste - it will definitely need salt, as broth salt levels vary widely.
  • Lots of freshly ground pepper to taste but do not omit - I use at least 2 tsp.
To add after chicken soup is made:
  • 3 cups of cooked rice or Orzo (rice-shaped pasta)
  • 1 cup freshly chopped Flat Leaf Italian parsley

Step by Step:

  • Put the chicken and all the cut up vegetables into the pot.
  • Add enough chicken broth to cover the chicken by several inches.
  • Add all the herbs and spices.
  • Bring to a boil, then turn down to a very slow simmer.
  • Cover and cook until the chicken is falling off the bones -- about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  • Cool slightly, take out chicken.
  • Remove the excess fat from the top of the soup.
  • When chicken is cool enough to handle, separate meat from the bones.
  • Chop chicken meat into bite-size pieces and add back to soup.
  • Adjust salt to taste and add more freshly ground pepper as desired.
  • Add cooked rice or Orzo and freshly chopped parsley.
  • Serve very hot.

I freeze extra soup in individual portions for later use - it makes a great lunch!

This recipe is courtesy of Renee's Garden Seeds.
For more great garden-inspired recipes, see Renee's books available at Yamagami's:
Recipes from a Kitchen Garden
More Recipes from a Kitchen Garden


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New Native Planting Mix
G & B Organics
Native Planting Mix
is ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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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