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Edition 16.42 Yamagami's Garden Center October 20, 2016
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"Despite the gardener's best intentions, Nature will improvise."
~Michael P. Garafalo

Fresh Off The Truck:

Our fall shipment of Camellias has arrived just in time for the start of their blooming season. They grace a garden with rich reds, shades of pink, and snowy white. Their beautiful blossoms gleam on a background of dark green foliage. Though we plant them for their flowers, they are valuable as landscape plants. We have seen in the drought years that, once they are established, they can be water-wise when mulched. Camellias also do well in containers.

Sasanqua Camellias start their bloom in the fall. Although they usually look daintier, they are actually more tolerant of sun and shade than their larger-flowered cousins. One of our favorite Sasanquas is Yuletide. It has beautiful red blossoms with bright golden centers.

Yuletides look festive and are usually blooming for Christmas. In addition to their natural bush form, we were able to get them trained flat (espalier) and trained into patio tree form. Yuletides also make a gorgeous blooming hedge. Deck your deck, porch or patio with a Yuletide Camellia for the holidays!

Japonica Camellias bloom late winter through spring. They have larger flowers and are generally heavier looking. They offer several different flower forms from frilly (Anemone form) to perfectly precise (formal double). A recently introduced Japonica Camellia is Nuccio's Bella Rossa. It flaunts large, dramatic, formal double blossoms in a crimson-red. Its flower bud opens slowly, revealing its perfect form gradually. It is worth the wait!

We also offer a few hybrids and other species including Camellia sinensis, the Tea Camellia. Grow it to harvest your own tea and enjoy its white fluttery flowers.

A hybrid of special interest is Sweet Emily Kate. She really is a sweetie, with a dainty weeping form, dainty blush-pink blossoms, and a sweet fragrance.

All the Camellias prefer some morning sun and part shade in the afternoon. Follow our Rhododendron, Azalea, and Camellia Planting Guide for best success.

Shallots, Onions and Garlic, Oh My!
It's Root Vegetable Time!

We've just received shallot sets, garlic starts and onion sets to plant now for a savory spring and summer. Most are organically grown. We've brought in our favorite varieties for your dining pleasure. Follow our Onion and Shallot Guide and our Garlic Guide for success!


Dutch Yellow bears a prolific crop of round bulbs with copper skins and creamy yellow flesh. They are excellent keepers. Bulbs are tender and spicy, with a pungent raw flavor that mellows and sweetens when cooked. Certified organic.

Holland Red has short and flat bulbs with a coppery red outer skin that peels easily. Its reddish-purple flesh has excellent flavor and is great in sauces. This one can produce tenfold. Certified organic.


Red Wetherfield is a large flattened globe with very thin, reddish-purple skin and firm, white flesh. It is tinged with pink or purple highlights. It has a fine, strong flavor and is vigorous. Certified organic.

Yellow Rock onions have bronze yellow skin, and are mild and sweet. They are fast-growing for harvesting scallions.


Inchelium Red: Large bulbs (to 3+ inches in diameter). Mild, but lasting flavor, with a hint of hot. Dense cloves store well. Flavor can get stronger in storage. This vigorous soft-necked variety won a Rodale taste test and was named "Very Best of the Soft-Necks". Certified organic.

German Red: Large bulbs have a strong, spicy flavor and are easy to peel. They store well.

Silver Rose: Rose- colored cloves in very smooth, bright-white bulbs. Beautiful garlic to braid, and the longest storing garlic we sell.

Nootka Rose: Northwest heirloom garlic has medium to large bulbs ( 15-24 cloves per bulb), which are streaked red on mahogany with a strong flavor. In rich soil, cloves can lose their rosy hue.

Fruit Trees For Everyone!

Plan your future fruit harvests. Anyone with a sunny spot can grow fresh fruit. Not only do we have fruit trees in stock, it's that magic window of time when bareroot and paper-potted trees can be ordered for arrival starting in January. Planting fruit trees in the fall or winter, when they are dormant, allows the trees to root in before the growth spurt of spring. Need help deciding what to grow and finding the right space for fruit trees?

NancyJoin us Saturday, October 29 at 10 AM, as Nancy Garrison talks on Fruit For The South Bay. Nancy has a wealth of information to share from her many years of professional and personal experience with fruit and fruit growers. She was the UC Coop Extension officer responsible for forming the local Master Gardener Program. She is also a past president of the local chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers and is directly responsible for the fruit tree plantings at Prusch Park. Her own garden in Willow Glen is as close to Eden as we get. All this means is that Nancy can help you succeed with your own harvests. Talk is FREE, so get here early for a seat!

Click here for the complete listing of bareroot trees (SOFT) that can be special ordered. Cut-off date for orders is November 1. Bareroot trees have several advantages: they're less expensive, there are more choices, and they are faster to "take". The trade-off is that they must be planted or at least "heeled in" immediately. Some winters, that is not a big deal, but often they arrive during a rainy stretch. For that reason, it's a good idea to prepare your planting holes in advance and cover them (and the soil mound for back-fill) with a plastic tarp. Do not ever plant in wet soil. See our Bareroot Planting Guide.

Click here for the complete listing of 2017 Paper Potted Fruit Trees. These trees will arrive in biodegradable paper pots that can be planted, then break down with time. There are a couple advantages of the paper pot offerings over the bareroot ones. They can wait in those paper pots for up to a year until you are ready to plant them - and there are varieties that are not available bareroot. For example, EZ Pick trees have already been grown and pruned to have low branches for ease in keeping the tree and fruit within reach. Multi-graft and espaliered fruit trees are only available in paper pots. Follow our Planting Fruit Trees From Paper Pots Guide carefully for guaranteed success. Let Yamagami's help you create your own garden of eatin'.

Coming Events

Saturday, October 29th at 10 AM
'Fruit For The South Bay'
talk with Nancy Garrison, local fruit expert.

Nancy has extensive experience with all kinds of fruit (including rare and unusual varieties) in her Willow Glen garden. FREE. Come early to get a seat.

Wednesday, November 1st is the last day to special order bareroot fruit trees (SOFT). See the catalog and order form on our website,, or pick one up at the nursery.

Friday, November 11th - Sunday, November 13th
Harvest Sale
30% OFF Outdoor Plants in 1-gallon size and larger! Special offers throughout the nursery. Stay tuned for details!

Sunday, November 13th is the deadline for early-ordering your Cut Christmas Tree and receiving a 10% discount.

Friday, November 18th Yamagami's Cut Christmas Tree lot opens.

Thursday, November 24th
Yamagami's is closed to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Soup

This recipe makes an incredible presentation and is quite tasty as well! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 large pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 medium onions, diced small
  • 1 Granny Smith apple [peeled and diced small]
  • 2 teaspoons of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 lbs. of acorn squash seeded, peeled and chopped into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 cups chicken broth (optional); substitute a vegetable broth if on vegetarian diet
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • chopped scallions for garnish

Step by Step:

  • Remove pumpkin meat from pumpkin and discard seeds (or save them to roast).
  • Put the pumpkin meat in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the butter and sauté the onions, apple and oregano with pumpkin pie spice for 7 - 10 minutes.
  • Add the acorn squash and the pumpkin meat and sauté for another 5-10 minutes to ensure squash is softened.
  • Stir in the stock (vegetable or chicken), along with the pepper and salt.
  • Place on low heat for 20 - 25 minutes.
  • When the squash begins to fall apart this is done.
  • Using an immersion stick blender or food processor, blend until smooth.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In the pumpkin shell, add the cream and the purée.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, covering the top of the pumpkin with foil.
  • When ready to serve, garnish with scallions and serve the soup right out of the top of the pumpkin.

Hint: for a nice twist, serve with cheddar cheese grated over it.


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New Native Planting Mix
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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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