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Edition 17.04 Yamagami's Garden Center January 26, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"Knowledge consists of knowing that a tomato is a fruit, and wisdom consists of not putting it in a fruit salad."
~ Miles Kington

Heavenly Hellebores

Take a look around your garden. See all those barren spots, especially around deciduous plants? Those are perfect spots for Hellebores! They are evergreen, sturdy perennials that start blooming in later winter. They prefer part-shade areas and will be happy when the deciduous plants re-leaf and start casting shade. With time, they are very tolerant of dry shade, plus they are highly deer-resistant. Wow! Best of all are the lovely bell-blossoms. New hybrids include redder reds, picotees and frilly double and semi-double flowers. Come see our great selection of these hardy perennials including:

Double Ellen Pink has fully double, mauve-pink blossoms. Dark purple spots are sprinkled near the center, adding interest.

Anna's Red offers single, purple-red flowers. Her foliage emerges bronzy-green with pink veins and ages to dark green with silver veins. The foliage is a show itself!

Winter Sunshine flaunts dark purple buds that open to white blossoms with green freckles. Its flowers are held straight up over the dark-green foliage.

Check out those bare spots in your garden, then come pick up some Hellebores to fill in. Every winter, you'll be happy that you did.

What's New?
Mounjean Tea

Mounjean Tea, (Nashia inaguensis) is native to the Bahamas. It is a tropical plant prized as an indoor bonsai or indoor container plant.

It has tiny, dense, shiny green leaves and clusters of tiny fragrant white flowers followed by reddish orange berries (another name for it is Bahama Berry). It wants warm, sunny, humid, and moist conditions to thrive. Indoor sunny or greenhouse windows are ideal. Its leaves are fragrant and used to add a vanilla flavor to tea.

It's Time To Dormant Spray!

It's time to protect your fruit trees from insect or disease problems. Peach trees are susceptible to peach leaf curl, which is spread in winter storms. This means that in 2017 the disease is likely to be rampant. Peach Leaf Curl is not only ugly, but also weakens your trees and can cause total crop loss. If you have had the disease already, three sprays are needed for prevention.

The first should have been at leaf drop; if you missed it, be sure to get the next two. The second spraying should be at the most dormant stage, and the third as the buds swell but before they open. The old-fashioned rule of thumb is Thanksgiving, New Year's Day, and Valentine's Day; but this will vary from tree to tree and is also somewhat weather-dependant.

We recommend using Monterey Liqui-Cop and spraying to the point of drip. If there are not other plants below the tree, it is a good idea to spray the soil also, since the disease lives in the soil where it can be splashed back into the tree. Spray trees now and one more time as their buds swell but before they open. Now it's easier than ever as Monterey LiquiCop is now available in a ready-to-spray bottle. No more mixing or measuring, just attach the bottle to your hose and go!

Plums and cherries are susceptible to aphid damage, especially on their very young tender growth. Since aphids over-winter on the bark of limbs and trunks, spray the trees with Monterey Horticultural Oil to smother the bugs sometime in the winter. Watch plums and cherries carefully as their new growth emerges and spray again if aphids appear. Aphids reproduce rapidly as soon as spring is here, so early intervention will save you (and your trees) a lot of grief.

Always spray on a calm day when rain is not expected for 48 hours. If an unexpected rain occurs, you will have to re-spray. Our FREE Fruit Tree Care Calendar is available here in the nursery or from our website, for more information on timing and treatments of fruit tree issues. We are here to help you succeed the first time with your own garden of good eatin'. Protect your fruit trees now and reap bountiful harvests!

Coming Events

Saturday, January 28th
Gung Hay Fat Choy - Happy Chinese New Year!

We are entering the Year of the Rooster! We have a great selection of Kumquats and other Citrus for your celebration. We also have a good supply of festive blooming plants.

Tuesday, Feb 14th is Valentines Day!

Show someone you care with plants that keep blooming and/or fruiting!

Saturday, Feb. 18th Celebrate The Birds and Bees!

10 AM - All About Mason Bees, with a guest speaker from Orcon (Organic Control). Mason Bees are tiny, non-stinging, solitary bees that are very effective pollinators. Discover how other beneficial insects can help your garden!.

2 PM - Plants for Birds, Butterflies, and Bees. Hannah will show and discuss plants to attract pollinators.

Sunday, February 19th at 11 AM
Starting Seeds For The Spring Veggie Garden

Hannah will give you tips for seed starting. Class is free and attendees will receive 20% OFF their purchases. Get here early for good seats.

Sunday, March 19th from 12 noon to 2 PM

Celebration of Citrus, featuring a Citrus Tasting hosted by Generation Growers. Citrus-based goodies will be sampled and recipes will be shared. Talk with the grower for tips and suggestions for citrus for your garden. Come taste winter's gold and discover new favorites.

White Chili and Chicken

This is one of the best, easiest and most delicious chilis for the season! Enjoy!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 pounds of chicken breasts
  • 3 green peppers
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 jalapeños, finely chopped (if you have someone who can't handle spicy, skip these and serve the chili with a hot sauce instead).
  • 1 package of mushrooms
  • 3 cans white navy beans
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter (do not use margarine)
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated

Step by Step:

  • In a large stock pot, bring 1 cup of water to a boil; add 2 cups chicken stock , 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of cumin, and the cans of navy beans (do not drain).
  • Bring all of that to a boil and put the burner on simmer.
  • Chop 3 green peppers and onion into bite-sized pieces.
  • Finely chop jalapeños (remember the heat comes from the membrane around the seeds; if you want less heat, discard the seeds)
  • Chop the chicken breast into bite-sized pieces and, in a separate skillet, brown until done.
  • Add the mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeños and onion to the stock pot. After the chicken has cooked and is done, add that to the stock pot.
  • Add the 2 cups of chicken stock.
  • In a separate skillet, melt 4 tablespoons of butter; add 4 tablespoons of flour and stir well (you are making a roux to thicken the chili). After the roux has been cooked through (do not brown, just cook for 2 minutes on medium), add to the stock pot.
  • Stir till combined completely. Raise the heat to medium and allow to thicken.
  • Gradually add 1 cup of the shredded cheese.
  • Sprinkle the rest of the cheese on top of bowls when serving.


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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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