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Edition 16.08 Yamagami's Garden Center February 25, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
Our store hours will change to 9 AM to 6 PM daily, starting Feb 29.
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"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves."
~Mohandas K. Gandhi


The New Look of Yamagami's

Recently Yamagami's has been updating our image, starting with our name. We have gone from being Yamagami's Nursery to Yamagami's Garden Center. That means, in true domino fashion, we needed to change our our logo, our email address, and now we are unveiling our new website. Our old site was 10 years old and needed work.

We invite you to visit and check us out. We still offer planting guides and all the other useful info, as before, but hopefully it is better organized and easier to navigate. To email us questions, contact us at:


Fragrant Beauties for the Garden

Plant fragrance in your garden when you plant flowers. Vines. shrubs, and trees that bloom at different times can make your garden a perfumed paradise. Following are a few of our fragrant favorites currently available:

Chilean Jasmine (Mandevilla laxa) is a semi-evergreen vine that takes sun or part shade. It has clusters of large, waxy, white flowers with a heavenly vanilla fragrance. Try planting against a wall of your courtyard or deck where you'll be able to sit, breathe deeply, and drift away….

Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans) is an evergreen shrub with small white flowers. What the flowers lack in size, they make up for in their fragrant punch of ripe apricots. They bloom off and on through the warm season. They are slow growing to 10' tall but can be kept smaller very easily. The plant itself is nondescript but the fragrance is a knockout without being cloying. Try planting them as a hedge for a wall of delight.

Descanso hybrid lilacs were hybridized at the site of Descanso Gardens in Southern California, so they don't need the heavy chill that Eastern lilacs need for prolific fragrant blooms. They led to the development of more that are so-called "mild climate" lilac varieties. We are pleased to offer two Descanso hybrids and one other "mild climate" variety, so you can have that old-fashioned fragrance here.

Lavender Lady, one of the very first Descanso hybrids, has purple flowers with a medium fragrance. It is a reliable bloomer even in So Cal and certainly here.

Angel White, another Descanso hybrid, has softly fragrant white flowers. It is very bushy and makes a good hedge.

Blue Skies has very fragrant and prolific lavender flowers. It makes a scrumptious cut flower when properly harvested.

CUTTING HINT: Take a bucket out with you when cutting. Use a sharp knife and plunge cut end of branch immediately into water. Remove lower leaves while branch is still in bucket. Move into vase as quickly as possible.


Good Bugs to the Rescue!

We have just received our first shipment of the season of beneficial insects from Orcon. Some are good bugs used to control the destructive ones. They are the best alternative to using pesticides in many cases. Other beneficials promote garden health and bountiful harvests. For entertaining and informative short videos on Beneficial Insects see:

Our selection includes the following:

Ladybugs and Green Lacewings:

A favorite "good bug", ladybugs have been a popular choice for aphid control. When released at sundown (because they don't fly at night), ladybugs eat aphids, mealy bugs, scale, leafhoppers, various plant-eating worms and other destructive soft-bodied pests. And they keep on eating until the bad guys are gone, laying their own eggs in the process. When new pests arrive, fresh ladybugs will be waiting.

 Green Lacewings:
The natural enemy of many species of pests, insects and mites, the Green Lacewings are shipped as eggs that will soon hatch into larvae. The tiny larvae are known as "Aphid Lions" because of their voracious appetites (devouring as many as 1,000 aphids per day). They remain as larvae for up to 21 days, just crawling around looking for food. Aphid Lions also make hearty meals of Mealybugs, spider mites, caterpillars, thrips, leaf hoppers, whitefly larvae, a wide variety of moth eggs and just about any other soft-bodied pest. The adult green lacewing only feeds on pollen, but it will immediately begin laying eggs, and the life cycle will repeat.

Beneficial Nematodes
These microscopic worms destroy pests that live underground. They will seek out and destroy more than 230 different kinds of soil dwelling and wood boring insects, including Japanese beetles, cut worms, wire worms, weevils, white grubs, fungus gnat larvae, flea larvae, subterranean termites and many more.

They are so small that several thousand would fit on the head of a pin! But they do a big job - moving through the ground, they enter the body cavities of their target pests and release bacteria that kill that pest. They are completely safe for people, pets, and the environment, and are compatible with other beneficial insects. Each container includes seven million live beneficial nematodes.

Mason Bees are arriving next month. They are are tiny, non-stinging bees that are champion pollinators in early spring. They are especially helpful for fruit tree pollination.

They are more effective than honeybees because they collect pollen all over their bodies, not just their legs. They do not live in hives but can nest near each other in wooden posts or Mason Bee houses. They are sold in tubes with 6 cocoons in each.

Earthworms (Red Wrigglers) aerate soil with their constant burrowing. These little guys eat and burrow 24 hours a day. All of this tunneling gets oxygen to the roots, allowing for easier root growth, and improves water drainage.

Their talent is speeding up the decomposition process in cold composting.


Some Words About Water:

Spring is right around the corner, meaning established lawns and gardens will begin to need watering. Additionally, new spring plantings will need watering. All will thrive if watered wisely from the beginning of the season. One thing we've learned these last few years of drought, is that plants can do with much less water than we ever thought possible. It's time to adjust your watering habits ad techniques for healthier plants and water conservation.

Here are some watering guidelines:

• Almost nothing needs daily watering. The few exceptions would be newly sprouting seeds and root-bound hanging baskets in full sun.

• Do not rely on soil surface as a gauge of moisture level in the root zone, especially in our heavy clay soil.

• Since roots grow in search of water, letting plants dry out between watering encourages deep root growth and sturdier plants.

• Because our weather is so erratic, it is better to run watering systems on manual rather than automatically.

As we did last year, Yamagami's will be placing a strong emphasis on planting water-wise again this year. We are maintaining our increased selection of CA native plants and other Mediterranean climate-appropriate plants.

We offer and mark the plants approved by the Santa Clara Valley Water District's rebate program. Let's all work together to plant water-wise and still enjoy the benefits of a beautiful garden.


Coming Events

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!

Saturday, March 19th, at 3 PM
Water-Wise Plants for the Birds and Bees!

Plantsman Mike Craib will show and tell about plants for pollinators. Class is FREE and attendees will get 20% OFF their purchases that day.

Sunday, March 27th
Easter Sunday Special!

Pick a plastic Easter Egg at the cashiers and receive the 20% to 50% discount printed inside the egg on your purchase. Discount cannot be combined with other offers. Yamagami's is closing at 2 PM.


White Chili with Chicken 

This is one of the best, easiest and most delicious chilis for the season! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds of chicken breasts
  • 3 green peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, finely chopped (if you have someone who can't handle spicy, skip these and serve the chili with a hot sauce instead).
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 3 cans white navy beans
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated

Step by Step:

  • In a large stock pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil; add 2 cups chicken stock , 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of cumin, and the cans of navy beans (do not drain).
  • Bring all of that to a boil and put the burner on simmer.
  • Chop 3 green peppers and onion into bite-sized pieces.
  • Finely chop jalapeños (remember the heat comes from the membrane around the seeds; if you want less heat, discard the seeds)
  • Chop the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and, in a separate skillet, brown until done.
  • Add the mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeños and onion to the stock pot. After the chicken has cooked and is done, add that to the stock pot.
  • Add the 2 cups of chicken stock.
  • In a separate skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter; add 4 tablespoons of flour and stir well (you are making a roux to thicken the chili). After the roux has been cooked through (do not brown, just cook for 2 minutes on medium), add to the stock pot.
  • Stir till combined completely. Raise the heat to medium and allow to thicken.
  • Gradually add the 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of bowls when serving.


3 day forecast

3 day forecast


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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