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Edition 17.17 Yamagami's Garden Center April 27, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM
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In the spring, I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.
~Mark Twain

Beautiful Bush Peonies!

Bush Peonies offer vibrant crimson, purple, pink, cream, coral and even nearly black blooms. The clumping bush has ferny foliage that dies back every winter. A single peony bush can produce a bountiful bouquet of blossoms. Bush peonies can live for decades, providing beauty for several generations.

Big and showy peony flowers spring up in late spring, presenting striking blooms that can reach up to 7 inches around. They prefer a sunny location with a bit of afternoon shade in the summer. We offer 5 varieties, spanning their color range.

Their one demand is for winter chill. Plant them or place their pot where they will be exposed to as much frost as possible. Some people use a whiskbroom in the fall to gently whisk the soil from the crown of the root. They then put a tray of ice cubes on the exposed roots every night in December and January. This ensures best flower production. Simply add much the following spring as they start to leaf out.

Here is a sampling of varieties in stock:

Peony examples

A Rainbow of Tomatoes
With Amazing Flavors

Rich, tasty, red tomatoes are a joy to eat and beautiful on the plate. However, if that is all you grow, you are missing out on some amazing flavors. Different colored tomatoes offer a world of interest to your palate and your plate. The different colors each have flavor features. So-called black tomatoes have a rich, smoky flavor. Yellow tomatoes taste milder, sweeter, and less acidic. Orange tomatoes have a rich, sweet, deep flavor. The mixed color tomatoes offer a blend of flavors and are beautiful on the plate. Here are a few of our buyer Ruben's favorites:

Ananas Noire is prized both for its remarkable flavor and its odd coloring. Its skin is a blend of green, yellow, orange and a bit of "black" (purple). Its flesh is green with red streaks. Its flavor is sweet with a smoky tang and a hint of citrus. Fruit is about 1 lb. and very prolific.

Big Rainbow is a large (up to 2 lbs.) heirloom tomato with a rich, sweet flavor. It is a beauty with red and gold streaked skin and flesh. It makes the most beautiful Caprese salad, especially when mixed other colors of tomatoes.

Marvel Stripe is a golden-orange beefsteak heirloom tomato with red streaking. It is sweet, mild and fruity with exceptional flavor. It is delicious on BLTs.

Michael Pollan is a small green tomato with yellow striping. It is sweet and mild, with a unique shape.

These are just a few of the many multi-colored tomatoes available. It doesn't even include the rainbow of cherry tomato types. Check out our 2017 Tomato List and Suggestions for other varieties.

What's New In Veggies?
Ground Cherries (Physalis spp.)

Ground cherries are yellow, sweet and tart, cherry-sized fruit. Like tomatillos, they grow in husks. They were a great favorite of the pilgrims.

Ground cherries are yummy eaten fresh and also are used for tasty pies and jams, salsas, and salads.

Thin Your Fruit For Happier
Trees And Better Harvests!

It can be hard to do for new gardeners, but thinning (removing) excess fruit is important. Many trees, especially stone fruit (peaches, apricots, plums) will set more fruit than they can safely carry to term. Just ask anyone who has suffered the heartbreak of seeing a heavily laden branch snap off just before the fruit ripens. Additionally, fruit too close to each other increases the likelihood of both diseases (from inadequate air circulation) and insect pests (more places for them to hide). Yet another problem is that if you allow all the fruit to ripen, it will be small and even the quality of the fruit can be inferior.

To thin fruit without damaging branches, gently twist (rather than pull) fruit from tree when it is about the size of your thumbnail (about 1”). Thin most fruit to about a fist apart (about 3 to 6 inches). Ideally, air should be able to move between the fruit when it is ripe. In general, European plums, prunes, cherries and pears do not need thinning.

Sometimes, especially on young trees, no matter how carefully you thin, young branches can still snap just from the weight of large juicy fruit. Protect those branches with a Prop-a-Crop! Essentially, they are a crutch for branches. Made of fiberglass, they are lightweight, adjustable, easy to install, and last for years.

Summer pruning (for size control) of your fruit trees is best started while you are thinning your fruit. You can see where the fruiting wood is and preserve it. Summer pruning makes it possible to maintain your fruit trees at the height you choose. Consult our Backyard Orchard Culture Guide for more information.

Coming Events

Saturday, April 29th at 11 AM:

Tips For Tomato Success with Hannah Soriano. A quick demo, a brief tour of our veggie section, some great advice - and you will grow the tastiest tomatoes ever! Class will be repeated. Class is FREE!

Sunday, May 14th is Mother's Day!

Say it with flowers or herbs and veggies. A container garden assembled by her loved ones is a precious gift. We can help!

20% OFF All Roses Mother's Day Weekend, May 13th and 14th, includes David Austin Roses!

Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th - from 10 AM to 2 PM both days :
Chrysanthemum Starter Plant Sale

Members of the local Chrysanthemum Society will be selling florist mum starter plants at very reasonable prices. They are cuttings from the members' own personal collections. Members can teach you how to grow your own show-stopping specimens!

For information on growing Chrysanthemums, catch Jeffrey MacDonald, President of the Bay Area Chrysanthemum Society, at Gamble Garden in Palo Alto. He'll be teaching a class on Saturday, May 6th from 10 AM to 12 noon. Call 650.329.1356 for details.

Saturday, June 10th from 10 AM to 2 PM:
Fuchsia Show and Sale!

Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms and learn how to grow your own. Starter plants are for sale by Fuchsia Society members. Come get some great deals on some wonderful varieties.

Quick And Easy
Strawberry Tortilla Crepes

These are a nice change for breakfast!

What You'll Need:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 ounces strawberry yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 4 cups strawberries (sliced, stems removed)
  • sugar (to taste)
  • cinnamon
  • butter

Step by Step:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, add the yogurt and cream cheese. Mix with an electric mixer until smooth. Then add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • In another bowl add as much sugar to the strawberries as you like, around 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.
  • Add a little butter to a frying pan and heat to medium. Place a tortilla on top of the butter and work it around to cover the tortilla with butter as it melts.
  • Place another slice of butter on top of tortilla.
  • Turn the tortilla over when it browns. The butter will cook into the tortilla.
  • Don't let the tortillas get too crispy. You will be rolling them with the filling inside.
  • When the first tortilla is done, remove it to a plate to cool.
  • Cook the next tortillas the same way, adding butter as needed.
  • When the tortillas are done, add a couple of spoonfuls of the yogurt mixture down the center of each tortilla.
  • Lay slices of strawberries on top of the yogurt mixture and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
  • Roll each tortilla up with the seams facing down.
  • Add the rest of the yogurt mixture on top of the crepes and top with the remaining slices of strawberries.
  • Top with an additional sprinkle of cinnamon.
Recipe from Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association -


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Helps produce more abundant, better tasting and more nutritious vegetables.

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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