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Edition 16.25 Yamagami's Garden Center June 23, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

Featured Quote:

"'Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!"

~ William Wordsworth, Lines Written in Early Spring, 1798

Summer Celebration - July 1-4 - 30-50% off

National Pollinator Week,
June 20-26, 2016
Plant For Pollinators

Choosing plants for your water-wise garden that are also pollinator-friendly? Here are a couple of suggestions for great color plants that will attract pollinators to your garden.

Midnight Hybrid Wooly Blue Curls (Trichostemma x) is a great hybrid of the native wooly blue curls (Trichostemma lanatum). It blooms from spring through fall, to the delight of pollinators. Grow it in full sun with good drainage. It grows 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Once established, it needs very infrequent watering.

Bidens are showy daisies (usually annuals) often used in hanging baskets and container gardens. They are sun-lovers that are water-wise. Recently, hybridizing has taken them from golden yellow into oranges and reds. These new hybrids tend to be more compact and neat all season long, not needing frequent trimming. A couple of the new hybrids are:

'Hawaiian Flare Orange Drop' has star-shaped flowers of orange and gold. It grows about 12" tall and wide. Use it in color bowls where it will spill over the edge beautifully.


'Popstar' is an extremely compact, mounding Bidens, with extra-large golden flowers that sit atop the plant. It is often a perennial here, growing 8 to 10" tall and 12 to 14" wide. Use it as a tidy border.

These are just a few of the many water-wise plants for pollinators in stock. Come stroll through our garden to find treasures for yours. See our Guide for more plant recommendations and information about registering your garden as a pollinator garden. Do it for the birds, butterflies and bees!

Grow Your Own Tea!

Many different plants are used to make tea; some are commonly grown, others much less so. Here are a few of the more unusual selections in our herb department:

Strawberry Mint leaves offer a fruity strawberry aroma combined with a peppermint flavor. They make a delicious tea that is especially refreshing when iced. Try mincing the leaves and adding them to soft cheese for a burst of flavor.

Strawberry Mint has lovely pale lilac flowers in summer that are a delight to bees and other pollinators. It grows in sun or shade and wants to be moist.

Yerba Matte tea has been used as a stimulant for centuries in South America. It is naturally caffeinated, but also is nourishing. It is loaded with antioxidants, containing more polyphenols and flavanoids than either red wine or green tea. Because of the structure of its caffeine, it stimulates without causing muscle tension, so one is both relaxed and alert.

The plant is a tropical holly and will need to be protected in the winter. Bring it indoors into the sunniest possible spot (but nowhere near an open heater vent or fireplace).

Micromeria fruiticosa tea is enjoyed in Israel and the Middle East. It has a minty taste and is enjoyed hot or cold. It has been used medicinally to treat stomach ulcers. Mix the chopped leaves with olive oil and salt and use a dip for bread.

'Note: It contains pulgone and should not be consumed by pregnant women or those trying to conceive.

The plant itself is a small (to 2 1/2 feet tall), airy shrub with greenish-gray foliage and clouds of pale flowers in summer and fall. It mixes well with Mediterranean plants

Don't Panic Over Fruit Drop!

"June drop" is nature's way of getting rid of an overload of fruit. However, over-watering or - more accurately - watering too frequently, can also cause fruit drop. Be sure to water deeply and infrequently. June drop may occur any time between early May and July. One day you visit your deciduous fruit tree and find a circle of immature fruit lying on the ground under the branches. You may worry if you are new to fruit trees, but don't panic! It's a natural part of the cycle. Trees often set more than double the amount of fruit they could possibly ripen properly, so they simply drop part of it.

If you thinned out fruit on your trees earlier, you enabled the remaining fruit to grow larger and thus will have less fruit dropping now. Nevertheless, you may need to remove even more fruit than naturally drops in order to space your crop evenly down the branches. You may also need to prop up branches even after a drop, so don't forget Prop-a-Crops.

Clean up any fallen fruit under the tree before it has a chance to rot and spread disease. If it's healthy, chop it and add it to your compost pile (cover it with earth to keep away flies and rodents). After a couple of years, you will learn the natural rhythm of your fruit tree's cycles. When in doubt, come to our Info Center with questions and samples (in plastic bags) of problems you see. We are here to help you succeed…the first time.

Coming Events

Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4th

Summer Celebration Sale! 30 to 50% OFF Outdoor Plants 1 gallon size and up!

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

Saturday, August 6th, from 10 AM to 2 PM

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.

Thursday, August 18th, from 6 PM to 8 PM
Moonlight Madness Sale

Celebrating Yamagami's 68th Anniversary. Spin our Wheel of Good Fortune and win from 20% to 68% OFF your entire purchase!

All-American Trifle
A red, white and blue treat!

What You'll Need:

  • 3 pounds fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 quart heavy cream
  • 1 (3.3 ounce) package instant white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 (6 ounce) container lemon yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut-flavored rum, or to taste, divided (optional)
  • 2 (16 ounce) prepared pound cakes, cubed
  • 2 pints fresh blueberries, or as needed

Step by Step:

  • In a bowl, sprinkle the strawberries with sugar; stir to distribute the sugar, and set aside.
  • Chill a large metal mixing bowl and beaters from an electric mixer.
  • Pour the cream into the chilled mixing bowl, and add white chocolate pudding mix, lemon yogurt, and about 1 tablespoon of coconut rum (if desired); beat until fluffy with an electric mixer set on medium speed.
  • Spread a layer of pound cake cubes into the bottom of a glass 10x15-inch baking dish, and sprinkle the cubes with another tablespoon of coconut rum.
  • Cover the pound cake with a layer of strawberries; sprinkle blueberries over the strawberries.
  • Spread a thick layer of whipped cream over the berries.
  • Repeat the layers several times, ending with a layer of strawberries sprinkled with blueberries and reserving about 1 cup of whipped cream; top the trifle with dollops of whipped cream to serve.


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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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