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Edition 17.07 Yamagami's Garden Center February 16, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM


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"Nature never did betray the heart that loved her."
~William Wordsworth

Delightful Daphnes!

Looking for color and fragrance to add to your winter-into-spring garden? Consider the world of Daphnes. Yamagami's offers several types, each with its own charms. Their fragrance is sweet and pervasive. A single plant can scent an entire bed or deck when blooming. Most offer attractive foliage too. Here are the varieties currently in stock:

NEW! Perfume Princess is the earliest and longest flowering of all Daphnes. It has a progression of of large pink (fading to white) sweetly perfumed flowers along its stems

She is considerably more adaptable to difficult conditions than many other Daphnes and bounces back quickly from a hard cut-back when needed. She establishes herself in new surroundings with a minimum of fuss.

Perfume Princess

Maejima has gorgeous variegated foliage in addition to its wonderfully fragrant and profuse deep pink flowers in the spring. It grows to about 4 feet tall and wide


Rebecca is a Winter Daphne (Daphne odora) cultivar that's in its glory winter into spring, when little else is in color. Its fragrant pink flowers jump out from its dark green foliage edged in golden yellow. It grows to about 4 feet tall and wide.


Variegated Winter Daphne has pink buds that open to white blossoms with the classic sweet Daphne scent. Its leaves are subtly edged in a creamy yellow. This is the Daphne that is best known and loved.

Variegated Winter Daphne

All the Daphnes share certain characteristics. They are drought-hardy when established. In fact, overwatering is their enemy. They love good drainage, so they thrive in containers and in raised beds or planters. In the ground, plant them high, as if they were Azaleas. They do best in our area with morning sun and afternoon shade. Deer do not like them and usually steer clear.

The Wonderful
World Of Potatoes

Plant seed potatoes now for summer harvests. We offer a wide selection of organically grown potatoes in different colors and shapes. All kinds of goodness, for all kinds of dishes. Don't limit yourself to just baked or mashed russets, there's a rainbow of possibilities to try! Here are some of the varieties in stock:

Cherry Red is the perfect "new" baby potato with smooth red skin and creamy white flesh. It's delicious roasted or boiled.

Purple Majesty has shiny purple skin and solid purple flesh. It makes dramatic fries, chips, and mashies - and the purple color is good for your heart.

German Butterball has golden skin and flesh and a rich flavor.

Russian Banana is a "fingerling" with yellow skin and firm yellow flesh. It is delicious roasted and is an excellent choice for salads.

Dark Red Norland has deep red skin and white flesh with shallow eyes. It is a great choice for potato salad.

Potatoes are unique in their growth habit. They do not have to be buried deeply (little digging), but instead get covered with mulch or soil as they grow. See our Potato Growing Guide for complete instructions. The flavor and texture of homegrown is far superior to store-bought.

We also offer Gardman Potato Tubs for container farmers. They are easy to use and convenient to harvest. They are a great gift for the condo dweller who loves spuds. See a video on using Gardman Tubs here:

As long as you store them in a cool, dark, dry place (think root cellar), seed potatoes will keep if you are not ready to plant. Quantities are limited, so come in soon!

Fresh Off The Truck:
Queen Anne's Tears

Queen Anne's Tears (Bilbergia nutans) is one of the easiest Bromeliads to grow. You can keep it indoors or out, in a pot, in the ground or attached to a log as an epiphyte.

Its showy blossoms dangle from arching stems with pink bracts, and chartreuse petals lined in royal blue. Outdoors, grow it in shade; indoors, it should have filtered sun or bright light. It is amazingly cold-hardy and has survived down to 20°F.

Insecticide For Organic Gardens

As spring approaches, dormant plants begin the process of leafing out. Dormant insects awaken from dormancy as soon as their food reappears. It's the circle of life. New growth is the most tender and the tastiest and insects are eager to partake.

Check the new growth on seedlings and deciduous plants regularly for the first sign of infestation. Nip it in the bud with Espoma Insect Spray. Its main active ingredient is pyrethrin, which is derived from the Pyrethrum flower. It is effective on a wide range of pests.

Keep a spray bottle handy for those sneak attacks that turn into major infestations.

Coming Events

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 that day. Get here early for good seats.

Saturday, February 25th at 11 AM and again March 4th at 11 AM:
Basic Pruning And Shaping Of Japanese Maples.

Susan Hayden will demonstrate and discuss tips, tools, and techniques. Class is free and attendees will receive 20% OFF their purchases. Get here early for good seats.

Saturday, March 11th at 10 AM and again on Saturday, March 18th at 10 AM:
Starting Your Organic Veggie Garden.

Learn about soils, fertilizers, plants and general care. Classes are free and attendees will receive 20% OFF their purchases. Get here early for good seats.

Sunday, March 19th from 12 noon to 2 PM
A Celebration of Citrus!

Don't miss the 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!

Marinated Orange Chicken

What You'll Need:

  • 1 lb skinned chicken breast
  • 1 Navel orange, sliced
  • 4 pineapple slices (optional)
  • 2 - 3 Navel oranges
  • 2 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Step by Step:

  • Juice 2-3 oranges to make 2/3 cup of orange juice.
  • Mix ingredients for marinade.
  • Cover and chill the marinated chicken 2 hours to overnight.
  • BBQ and baste with marinade or bake at 350 until tender, placing pineapple and orange slices over top for last 15 minutes of cooking.
Recipe from Four Winds Growers


3 day forecast

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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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