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Edition 16.28 Yamagami's Garden Center July 14, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

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"There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling."
~Mirabel Osler

Fragrance For The
Summer Garden

Arabian Jasmine Summer Soul™ (Jasmine sambac) is a new introduction with extra large, fully double white flowers and an intoxicating fragrance. Flowers are used for leis, religious ceremonies, and tea.

Unlike other varieties, it has a compact shape and can be used as a clipped hedge or an attractive container plant. Its fragrance is indescribably intoxicating. Grow it in full morning sun and some shade in the afternoon.

Grow Your Own Healthy Diet!
Red Head Quinoa And
Mushroom Plant (Rungia klossii)

Quinoa is easy to grow and harvest, plus you get a lot of harvest from just a few plants. Not just the seeds (the grain), you can also eat the baby leaves in salads and cook the older leaves like spinach. Lots of goodness from every plant!

We offer an organically-grown Red Head variety that resists bring shattered by late summer or autumn rains. The cherry-red buds form as the plants get to about 5' tall. It is a water-wise crop.

Red Head quinoa provides both fiber and protein, as well as calcium, iron and vitamins B and E. It also holds its shape in cooking better than other colors of quinoa, making it suitable for both chilled and hot dishes.

NOTE: The seeds have a natural, bird-repelling coating and need to be rinsed thoroughly before eating.

Mushroom Plant (Rungia klossii) comes from New Guinea, where it is a popular green. Its leaves have a delicious mushroom flavor and are eaten fresh and crispy or cooked. The mushroom flavor intensifies when cooked - but don't overcook, as the leaves will then lose their glossy green color. Not only tasty, the leaves are high in iron, vitamin C and anti-oxidants.

The plant itself is a tender perennial, best grown in warm shade where the leaves will grow large. If you are interested in trying something new, this is the plant for you!

Summer Fruit Tree Care Tips

If your fruit trees still have stone (plums, apricots, pluots) fruit hanging, you will want to monitor their ripening process. Spotted wing fruit flies lay their eggs on ripening fruit resulting in wormy fruit and rotten spots. If you have had them before, you will want to hang some traps to see if they are back. Treatment is spraying with Monterey Insect Control

Summer pruning can continue for trees that have already been harvested. In fact, August is the last month apricots can be safely pruned (winter pruning opens them to infection).

After harvesting, and the last of summer pruning, fertilize the trees with G&B Fruit Tree Fertilizer and give them a deep watering. This helps recharge them for next spring.

Keep the area around your trees cleaned up. Do not allow diseased leaves or rotten fruit to stay on the ground. They become a breeding ground for pests and diseases. Bag the debris and throw it away.

Coming Events

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!

Herb Jelly Recipe
Courtesy of Renee's Garden Seed

This is a great recipe for folks who love mint jelly with their grilled lamb. If you make your own, it won't be that ghastly green. You can also use a combination of mints like apple mint or strawberry mint for a more complex flavor. What a great gift for foodies!

Renee's Recipe
These delicate shimmering jellies are delicious condiments. Their sweet and savory flavors really sing of summer with jewel-toned colors that are appetizing and beautiful. Herb jellies are wonderful with cream cheese and crackers or bagels. Use the lighter flavors to glaze pies, tarts, and cookies. For main dishes, melt them in a sauce pan and mix in a little dijon mustard to make an outstanding glaze for poultry of all kinds or oven-roasted ribs.

Choosing which herb to use for your jelly is simple - just pick whatever grows in abundance! I like to use basil - everyone's favorite herb - or lemon scented herbs such as lemon verbena, lemon thyme or pineapple sage. I've also made mint, rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, and cilantro jellies - all are different and wonderful.

  • To make herb jelly, gather about 2 cups of your favorite fresh herb leaves.
  • Wash and drain them, then coarsely chop and put in a medium saucepan.
  • Use the bottom of a glass to crush and macerate the leaves.
  • Add 2 cups of water, bring slowly to a boil, and boil for just 10 seconds.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let sit for 15 minutes to release the herb leaves essential flavor.
  • Strain 1-1/2 cups of this liquid from the pan and pour through the strainer again into another large, deep saucepan.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of plain (unseasoned) rice vinegar (if you can't find rice vinegar, use regular distilled vinegar), a pinch of salt and 3 1/2 cups of granulated sugar.
  • Bring the mixture to a hard boil, stirring constantly. When the boil can't be stirred down, add 3 ounces of liquid pectin. (I use Certo brand, which comes in 3 premeasured ounce foil packets.) Return to a hard boil that can't be stirred down and boil for exactly one minute, then remove saucepan from the heat.
  • Skim off any foam and pour the hot jelly into 4 hot, sterilized 1/2 pint jelly jars.
  • Leave 1/2 inch head space and seal at once with sterilized 2 piece canning lids or melted paraffin.

I often make 2 or 3 kinds of these jellies to give as little sets. One of my favorite trios is opal basil jelly, which comes out a gorgeous garnet color; green basil, which comes out a lovely green; and lemon thyme, which is a delicate golden-green hue.


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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