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Edition 16.21 Yamagami's Garden Center May 26, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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"I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright."
~Henry David Thoreau

Aloha For The Garden

Bring the sweet scent of aloha to your garden with Plumeria. We offer cutting-grown Plumerias from Hawaii, which are then grown on in Southern California. With a little care, they can be successfully grown here, and once they bloom, SO worth the effort!

We offer many color choices, including some rarer ones labeled Blue Ribbon varieties. See our Plumeria Guide for more info.

Grow Your Own Capers!

Capers are the pickled flower buds of the caper bush. The bush is a great addition to the water-wise edible ornamental garden, growing 2 to 3 feet tall, with arching stems. The flowers (that don't get picked as buds) are white, with a delicate, sweet scent. Plants bear buds from spring into fall.

Capers have been pickled and eaten in salads, pasta, sauces, and garnishes for centuries. To make capers, harvest flower buds in the morning before opening, wash in salted water repeatedly until any sand or grit is removed, then dry and salt down, or pickle in vinegar.

You can grow your own capers and enjoy the plants in your garden too.

It's Green Bean Season!

Green Beans are delicious and nutritious! Studies have shown that they are rich in antioxidants, high in protein, and high in fiber.

Bush beans can be grown without support while, pole beans need a trellis or teepee. See our Green Bean Teepee Guide. It's a fun family project!

Several varieties of beans are currently available. Try a few and discover which you like the best.

"Haricot vert" means "green bean" in French. French green beans are thinner and longer than most other varieties. They are prized for their tenderness and complex flavor.

Haricot Vert

Romano Beans are also called Italian Flat beans. Their pods are stringless, broad and flat. The beans are crisp, succulent and very "meaty", with a sweet flavor.

Romano Beans

Blue Lake Beans are cylindrical, dark green, and pretty much stringless. They are mild and sweet with a crisp and tender texture. They are very prolific.

Blue Lake Beans

Kentucky Wonder Beans are known for their excellent flavor. Their pods are oval, thick and meaty. Pick them young, when they are tender and stringless.

Kentucky Wonder Beans

Edamame are not green beans, but rather young soybeans in the pod. They are popular snacks in Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Hawaiian cuisine. Simply boil or steam the pods, salt them and serve. Pop the pods open and feast on the beans.


Beautiful, Sustainable Garden
Art For The Birds!

Made of recycled glass and metal, these pieces are as much garden décor as bird furnishings.

The 7" Sphere Hummingbird Feeder consists of a recycled metal ring holding a recycled glass jar for the nectar and a red lid with feeder holes.

If you want, you can remove the lid and use the jar for mealworms, seed or suet to attract songbirds.

The 12" Recycled Glass Daisy Hanging Birdbath comes in several colors.

The color is baked on the bottom of the recycled glass, so the color will not fade or get stained. The birdbaths look like dinnerware that has been repurposed.

Treat your birds to the good life and they'll return the favor by eating mosquitoes, aphids and other garden pests. Meanwhile you will be accessorizing your garden. Win, win.

Coming Events

Saturday and Sunday, June 4th and 5th,
10 AM to 3 PM both days
Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale

Members of the local Chrysanthemum Society will be selling florist mum starter plants at very reasonable prices. Learn how to grow your own show-stopping specimens!

Saturday, June 11th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Fuchsia Show and Sale!
Members of the local Fuchsia Society will sell starter plants as a fundraiser. Come get some great deals on some wonderful varieties.

Monday, July 4th
Yamagami's is closing at 2 PM.

Meyer Lemon Pistachio Pesto

What You'll Need:

  • Pasta
  • 1 Meyer Lemon
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachio nuts

Step by Step:

  • Boil water for pasta.
  • Slice the Meyer lemon into 1/4" rounds. Remove seeds.
  • Remove skin from garlic.
  • Place garlic and pistachios in food processor.
  • Blend until coarsely ground.
  • Add whole lemon, including skin and flesh. 
  • Blend until homogenous.
  • Place pasta in boiling water with salt and olive oil.
  • Cook until tender.
  • Drain pasta, place in warmed serving dish, reserving 1/4-1/2 cup of pasta water liquid.
  • Immediately pour 1/4 cup pasta water over ingredients in food processor.
  • Blend briefly, adding more liquid if desired to obtain a creamy consistency.
  • Immediately serve pesto over warm pasta.

Serves 2 to 4.

Recipe courtesy of Four Winds Growers, The Original Dwarf Citrus Since 1950.


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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