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Edition 16.23 Yamagami's Garden Center June 9, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

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"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
~John Burroughs

Carolina Reaper Pepper
The Grim Reaper Of Peppers

Rated the World's Hottest Pepper (Guinness World Records), Carolina Reaper (AKA HP22B) is a hybrid of Ghost Pepper and a red Habanero. It comes from Puckerbutt (really) Pepper Company in South Carolina. This pepper is NOT for the faint of heart. Ruben, our resident heat seeker, tells us that it is simply too hot for him to enjoy. It supposedly has great flavor and is somewhat sweet (I am skeptical).

Fresh off the truck are organically grown Carolina Reaper peppers, looking for good homes. They are already off to a good start in 1-gallon cans. Give one to dad for Father's Day or challenge yourself. Quantities are limited. In a recent pepper-eating contest at (where else?) Puckerbutt Pepper Co., the record was eating 22 Carolina Reaper peppers in 60 seconds. No news on the eater's medical condition afterwards.

Butterfly Bushes Offer Color

Want to help our butterflies and add color and motion to your garden?

Plant Butterfly Bushes (Buddleja) and you will! They are easy to grow and reward you with a long season of bloom.

You can cut the beautiful pink, blue, white, red, or lavender flower spikes, but try to keep some in the garden to share with your butterflies. There are plenty to go around! Hummingbirds love them almost as much as butterflies do!

Dwarf Butterfly bushes grow well in containers and lure butterflies to your porch or deck. The dwarfs range in heights from 2 feet to 4 feet tall. They make beautiful borders and look terrific mixed with roses.

Dwarf varieties include Lo 'N' Behold, Blue Heaven, Tutti-Frutti, Buzz Ivory and, my favorite, Funky Fuchsia.

The tall varieties grow into towers of flowers up to 8+ feet tall. Plant them in front of tall fences for a great wall of color. Planted singly, they are a showy center of attention.

A real novelty is the Tricolor, which dazzles with purple, pink, and white flower spikes. It isn’t really a single plant but rather 3 cuttings planted closely together for an extra-full specimen with 3 flower colors. Other tall varieties include Adonis Blue, Black Knight, Ellen’s Blue, and Royal Red.

Buddlejas are fast growing and prolific bloomers. Plant them in full sun (although a little filtered shade in the afternoon is okay). Buddleja are water-wise when established, plus deer don’t much like them. Plant them for the pollinators and enjoy their color indoors and out.

Blue Heaven Butterfly Bush

Funky Fuchsia Butterfly Bush

Tricolor Butterfly Bush

Black Knight Butterfly Bush

Avocado Bliss

We have just received some long-awaited Avocado varieties! Demand always exceeds supply for these treasures. If you want to grow your own guacamole, here's your best chance!

Jim Bacon is one of the hardiest varieties and it has great flavor! It comes highly recommended by local fruit expert, Nancy Garrison. Her tree in Willow Glen is quite old and has survived many freezes. It bears consistently tasty fruit.

Pinkerton is one of the longest bearing trees we've heard of. Nancy Garrison's tree has been bearing for about 5 months! The fruit is delicious, too! The tree is compact, growing to 15 feet tall or so.

Lamb Hass is a yummy Hass-type with one major advantage. It bears its fruit along the branches instead of just at the tips (like Hass does). This can be very helpful in the event of a freeze. The fruit at the tips are likely to be damaged but the fruit inside the canopy are likely to escape damage.

Little Cado is a dwarf tree, growing to 8 to 12 feet tall. It bears tasty green fruit. Because it is so small, it can be grown in a container. It can also be grown and trained as an espalier. Because it's a dwarf, it's also easier to protect from frost. It's perfect for small-space gardens!

Please see our Avocado Guide and our Citrus and Avocado Planting Guide to guarantee success.

Jim Bacon on top, Pinkerton below. (Fruit from Nancy Garrison's trees.)

Little Cado Tree

BurnOut®, A Safe Weed Killer

Weeds are the bane of a garden. They outgrow your desired plants and steal their water and nutrients. Don't let weeds get out of control. The younger they are, the easier they are to control.

BurnOut® is ready-to-use weed and grass killer that is pet and people-safe. It contains all natural ingredients and is approved for organic gardening. Its active ingredients are Citric Acid and Clove Oil, which burn the foliage. It comes in a spray bottle and once it is dry, it is rainproof.

Keep BurnOut® on hand and use it to keep walkways, paths and fence lines weed-free. It kills most weed roots. It is even safe to use around the base of mature trees. Keeping weeds from being able to flower and multiply will save you much hassle in the long run. BurnOut® to the rescue!

Coming Events

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.

Saturday, August 6th, from 10 AM to 2 PM
Bearded Iris Rhizome Sale

The rhizomes come from gardens of the members of the Clara B. Rees Iris Society, so they are interesting varieties - and very large and vigorous! All proceeds go to the CBRIS.

Easy Cheesy Blueberry Filo Bake

What You'll Need:

  • 4 cups blueberries (frozen or fresh)
  • 3 cups Ricotta and/or Cottage Cheese
  • 1-2 cups of granulated cane sugar or equivalent of sugar substitute
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon citrus zest (to taste)
  • 1 package prepared filo dough
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted  (for brushing between filo layers)

Step by Step:

  • Use a pastry brush to apply melted butter to the bottom and sides of a standard (8x11") lasagna pan.
  • Carefully layer filo dough on the bottom of the pan, allowing it to extend up and over the edges of the pan. Brush all surfaces with butter and repeat until there are several layers forming a crust on the bottom and sides of the pan.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine blueberries, cheese, sugar, vanilla and zest.
  • Layer the blueberry-cheese mixture into the pan lasagna-style, placing layers of buttered filo dough between each layer of fruit.
  • When finished layering the fruit and filo dough, cover with a final top layer of filo dough.
  • Trim the edges, brush with butter and, if desired, sprinkle the top with granulated sugar.
  • Bake in 350 degree oven until edges and top are lightly browned.  Covering lightly with foil during the baking can help prevent the edges from scorching.
  • Serve when cool.

Recipe courtesy of Four Winds Growers


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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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