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Edition 16.10 Yamagami's Garden Center March 10, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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Featured Quote:

"Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed."

~Francis Bacon


Just Arrived:
Fragrant Treasures From Asia

Golden Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans aurantiacus) is prized for its orange blossoms in the fall. They carry the fresh, sweet fragrance of ripe apricots. Their fragrance is intoxicating without being cloying. Plants are evergreen shrubs slowly getting 10' tall, but easily kept to whatever height you prefer. They do best in full morning sun with some part shade in the afternoon.

Michelia x albais an evergreen, sub-tropical tree with sweetly scented white flowers. Its fragrance is similar to its Magnolia cousins, lemony, sweet and strong. It blooms off and on during the warm season. An essential oil is extracted from its flowers. It is frost-tender, so it is a good idea to keep them in a pot and move them in frosty weather. Moving them around can help you figure out where they thrive in your garden, then, plant them there. Otherwise it may be best planted on the west or south side of your house for protection.

We also offer its cousin, Michelia champaca, with yellow-orange flowers in late summer/fall. Its fragrance is more floral and less fruity than its white cousin.

Evergreen Clematis (Clematis armandii) is a hardy, evergreen vine with clusters of fragrant white blossoms in the spring. It is fast-growing once established. It is quite shade-tolerant and, like other Clematis, thrives with its roots in the shade and its top in the sun. Use it to cover a fence. They are blooming now, come in to sniff.


Get Ready For Spring Planting!

Time to get your beds and containers ready for spring. It all starts with the soil. We are proud to offer all natural and organic Gardner & Bloome products to start off right! The basic principle is to bring life to your soil. That means adding humus, microbes, nutrients and providing for drainage. There is a best soil for you, whether you plant directly into the ground, in raised beds, or in containers. Once you have great soil for your plants, G & B offers a wide range of all natural and organic fertilizers. You too can grow a great organic garden!

Join us on Saturday, March 12th at 10 AM when Kerri Gardner introduces the line of G & B soils and fertilizers. She will explain the importance of soils and how to optimize yours.

She can answer all your questions about organic gardening and get you growing. Attendees will receive a free sample of G & B Organics Liquid All Purpose fertilizer.

To help you get started, Yamagami's is offering a Buy 3 get 1 free deal on 3 of our most popular G&B Organics soils: Planting Mix, Harvest Supreme and Raised Bed & Potting Mix!


Try Hardy Kiwi
(Actinidia arguta 'Issai')

These delicious kiwis don't wear fur coats, yet are hardier than their furred cousins, and also a bit sweeter. The hardy kiwi vine is big and heavy BUT, since they are self-pollinating, you only need 1 plant for bountiful harvests! Hardy kiwis are small, but so worth growing.

If you love the taste of kiwis, but don't enjoy peeling them or planting a giant male vine (that will never bear fruit), then hardy kiwis are perfect for your garden. Hardy kiwis are available as starter plants in liner pots for easy planting.


Mega Mulch!

We have received a new shipment of clean, lightweight Mega Mulch blocks. These 9 lb. blocks are compressed coir (coconut fiber), a totally renewable resource. Simply add water to hydrate them and they fluff into 2 1/2 cubic feet of mulch. No more lugging around heavy, dirty bags. You can easily carry Mega Mulch blocks to where you need them and soak them there. Coir is a long-lasting fiber that has better water retention than bark. Mega Mulch is also an excellent potting amendment or growing medium for Bromeliads and Orchids.


Pollinator Gardens Are For
The Birds And Bees!

It's easy to help out our pollinators, have lots of flowers, and be water-wise too! See our Water-Wise Plants For Pollinators guide for suggestions. You can also read about the national movement to grow more pollinator friendly gardens. Plan your garden to have a steady supply of nectar and pollen plants blooming year round.

Join us on Saturday, March 19th at 3 PM when Plantsman Mike Craib shows and discusses some beautiful, water-wise candidates for your garden. Attendees will receive a coupon for 20% OFF their purchases that day. Butterflies, Bees, and Hummingbirds will thank you!


Celebration Of Citrus

It's Citrus planting season and the choices are many. It's also a good time to prune out dead wood; head back rampant growth and shape your trees. We offer old favorites as well as newer selections and some not often seen varieties.

If you are interested in adding Citrus to your garden or have questions about the Citrus you already have, we've got an event for you!

Sunday, March 13th from 11 AM to 1 PM Come sample fresh fruit and Citrus goodies offered by Generations Growers. They will be present to answer all your Citrus questions and make suggestions for your garden.


Coming Events

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. 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! It's 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 20th at 11 AM

Fairy Garden Class with Tammy MacKenzie. $40 covers materials to create and take home your own whimsical creation. It's a fun project to do with friends or family! Call us at 408-252-3347 to pay for your spot.

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.


Marinated Chicken Kabobs

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 (8 ounce) package fresh chopped mushrooms
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into large chunks

Step by Step:

  • In a medium bowl, blend vegetable oil, soy sauce, light corn syrup, lemon juice, sesame seeds, garlic powder, and garlic salt. Place chicken in the mixture.
  • Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate. Thread chicken onto skewers alternately with mushrooms, onions, and green bell pepper.
  • Pour marinade into a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Place skewers on the prepared grill.
  • Cook 15 to 20 minutes, turning frequently, until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.
  • Baste with the boiled marinade frequently during the last 10 minutes.
Note: This marinade also works very well with pork.


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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