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Edition 17.23 Yamagami's Garden Center June 8, 2017
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 6 PM

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"I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order."
~John Burroughs

Butterfly Bushes

With colorful plumes of flowers waving over the plants, butterfly bushes are festive additions to any size garden. They are found in purple, lavender, blue, rose, wine, and white. They get their name because they are magnets for nectar-loving butterflies (and hummingbirds). From tall varieties (up to 9 feet tall) to compact ones (2 to 4 feet tall), there is a butterfly bush for every garden.

They are frost-hardy, drought-hardy and tolerant of morning sun to full sun. They grow well in containers too!

Many newer hybrid varieties have been developed to be longer blooming and showier than the older varieties. Proven Winners has introduced several superior varieties.

We offer the compact Lo and Behold varieties: Blue Chip and Purple Haze. Both grow 2 to 4 feet tall and bloom all summer-long. They are from the Proven Winners collection.

Miss Ruby (4 to 6 feet tall) and Miss Violet (4 to 5 feet tall) are taller varieties with longer flower spikes. They are also from the Proven Winners collection.

Blue Chip

Purple Haze

Miss Ruby

Miss Violet

Ruben's Veggie Picks

Here are some veggies Ruben recommends trying in your garden this year:

Mandurian Round Cucumbers are amazingly sweet and crunchy. Even their skin is sweet! They do have fuzz on their skin but it washes off easily, so no peeling is required. They are best when harvested at the size of a baseball. Although their flavor is cucumber all the way, Mandurians are technically more closely related to melons (which accounts for their sweetness).

Thai Tiger Eggplant is a small round eggplant often found in Thai gardens and cuisine. It is striped on its shoulder, hence its name. It has a sweet, mild, and delicate flavor and a tender skin.

Jambalaya Okra is better adapted to our climate than other traditionally southern varieties of okra. It bears early and heavily. Fruit has thick, succulent, meaty pods and a delicious flavor.

G & B Organics Soil
Building Conditioner

All-Purpose Mulch and Soil Amendment

Use it as a mulch to reduce weeds, maintain moisture, and keep roots cool.

Use it as a soil conditioner to improve drainage, soften clay soils, and add micronutrients to soil.

Ingredients: Recycled forest products, arbor fines, composted chicken manure, gypsum, oyster shell & dolomite limes (as pH adjusters), vermicompost, bat guano, kelp meal

Special: through the month of June:
Buy 3, get 1 FREE!


Summer Lawn Care

Summertime means maintaining your lawn's comfort by following a few guidelines regarding the heat. It's time to let your lawn get a little taller to protect its roots from the intense sun. Set your mower height at 2.5" to 3" for a bluegrass/ryegrass blend or at 2" for tall fescue. Mow when the grass is only 1/3 taller than you want it. (If someone else mows for you, ask them to clean their mower blades to stop the spread of weed seeds from other yards.)

Lawn watering can be puzzling. It is not the case where more is better. You will need to know how much and how evenly your watering system is applying water. We offer a FREE Lawn Watering Guide that can help you make that determination. It has a chart that shows how long to run your system every three days. If you are currently watering more often than that, you should gradually adapt your lawn to less frequent watering.

Your lawn needs to be fed to maintain its lush, green appearance without forcing it into fast, soft growth that will require extra water and be more susceptible to disease. We recommend Gardner & Bloome Organics Lawn Fertilizer 8-1-1 as the perfect feed. It contains beneficial microbes to boost the root system's efficiency and to help the grass resist diseases.

Did you know that we offer a FREE Lawn Care Reminder Service? Click here to sign up.

Summer Celebration - June 22-25 - 30-50% off

Coming Events

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

Come see some beautiful Fuchsia blossoms on display and purchase starter plants to benefit the Fuchsia Society. Learn how to grow your own.

Saturday and Sunday, June 17th & 18th

Father's Day Special: 20% OFF Cacti and Succulents!
They are the perfect plant for a busy dad's desk or office. We offer dish gardens and small to large plants to create your own combination!

Thursday through Sunday, June 22nd through 25th:

Summer Sale! 30% to 50% OFF Fruit Trees, Landscape Plants (in 1 gallon cans and larger), Houseplants and Pottery! It's your chance to decorate for summer entertaining!

Monday, July 3rd, Yamagami's is closed for inventory.

Tuesday, July 4th, Yamagami's is closed
to celebrate the 4th with our families. We wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July!

Sunny Salad with
Grapefruit and Avocado

A simple, cool and refreshing salad!

What You'll Need:

  • 2 Oroblanco (preferred) grapefruit
  • 2 Hass (preferred) avocados
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Butter lettuce
  • 1/4 cup of Oroblanco (preferred) grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 cup of light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper

Step by Step:

  • Cut grapefruit in half.
  • Remove grapefruit segments from membranes.
  • Peel and slice avocado.
  • Drench with lime juice.
  • Arrange grapefruit and avocado slices over lettuce.
  • Drizzle with vinaigrette.
Recipe from Four Winds Growers

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Soil Building Compost
Great for breaking up hard clay soils to improve drainage.

Since 1948, Yamagami's Garden Center 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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1361 S. De Anza Blvd
Cupertino, CA 95014

7 Days a Week:
9 am to 6 pm

GBO Fruit Tree Fertilizer
Grow better tasting, more nutritious fruit, with more abundant crops.

New Native Planting Mix
G&B Organics
Native Planting Mix
is ideal for CA natives and other water-wise plants.

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Potting Soil
G&B Organics Potting Soil is the perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

Harvest Supreme
Improves a variety of soils for vegetable gardens or flower beds.