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Edition 18.05 Yamagami's Garden Center February 1, 2018
Store Hours: 7 Days a Week, from 9 AM to 5 PM
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"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden."
~Minnie Aumonier

Heavenly Hellebores!

Take a look around your garden. See all those bare spots, especially around deciduous plants. Those are perfect spots for Hellebores! They are evergreen perennials. Some (Helleborus niger) start blooming in late winter and are called "Christmas Rose", while others (Helleborus orientalis) are spring bloomers and are called "Lenten Roses".

They all prefer part-shade areas and will be happy when the deciduous plants re-leaf and start casting filtered 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 flowers. Come see our great selection of these hardy perennials including:

Double Ellen, a double flowering seed strain that blooms in many colors. Colors range through yellow, purple, red, pink, ivory, picotee (bicolor), and white. Even within their listed color, they offer a range of shades.

Ice 'N' Roses are early bloomers, sometimes also called "Snow Roses". Their deep, rich red color glows in the gray of winter. They have a long bloom season.

Pink Frost offers flowers of pale pink that age to rose pink. The flowers face upwards and outwards on burgundy stems atop silvery frosted foliage.

Something Sweet For Your Garden!

We've just received a fresh shipment of Osmanthus fragrans, also known as Sweet Olive, Tea Olive, or Fragrant Olive. It is prized for its intoxicatingly fragrant white flowers.

An evergreen shrub, Sweet Olive slowly grows 8 to 10 feet tall. Plant it as a border or hedge. Plant it by a window to enjoy its apricot fragrance indoors.

Ruben's Winter Garden Picks!

Yes, you can plant veggies in the winter. Check out our veggie selection on every visit. There are always new arrivals. Here are a few tasty, organic choices for planting now:

Cutting Celery is grown for its leaves. It can be trimmed a little at a time and will continue sprouting leaves. It is much more flavorful than stalk celery - kind of like a parsley. It is wonderful in soups and stews, potato salad, and meatballs.

Egyptian Walking Onions are heirloom perennials that "walk" above ground. They taste like a regular onion with a bit more zing. All parts of the plant are edible. You can control the direction they walk by staking down the sets that develop on the leaf tips.

Peas are back in stock! We offer sugar snaps and sugar (snow) peas including some dwarf varieties. The following are varieties currently in stock.
Sugar Bon Dwarf Snap Pea
Sugar Daddy Snap Pea
Taichung Sugar Pea
Taiwan Sugar Pea

New Organic Fungicide!

Monterey Complete Disease Control is a new weapon in the organic gardener's arsenal. Its active ingredient is a bacteria culture that is harmless to us as well as the birds and bees. Use it a soil drench when planting. It will colonize the roots and protect plants from diseases that attack roots. Use it as a spray to control a large range of fungal and bacterial diseases that attack above ground.

Who needs it? Anyone who has suffered with disease issues on susceptible plants. It suppresses downy mildew, so if you have lost whole beds of impatiens or roses, prevention can save you a lot of grief. Tomatoes are also worth protecting early from blights. Houseplants can be protected from leaf spots and anthracnose. Finally there is something safe to use!

Coming Events

Sunday, February 4th at 11 AM:
Winter Garden Pruning/Clean-up
with Susan Hayden.

Learn tips and techniques. Class is FREE, plus each participant will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchases that day.

Saturday, February 10th at 11 AM:
Winter Fruit Tree Care with Kerri Kemp Gardner.

Learn about pruning,dormant spraying and general fruit tree care. FREE, plus each partici- pant receives a coupon for 20% off their purchases that day.

Sunday, February 11th at 11 AM:
Starting Your Veggie Garden from Seed with Hannah Soriano

Tips for starting seeds and timing your crops. Class is FREE and attendees will get 20% OFF purchases that day.

Wednesday, February 14th is Valentine's Day!
Show someone you care with plants that keep blooming and/or fruiting! Promise and deliver a Rose Garden!

Friday, February 16th
We are entering the Year of the Dog! We have a great selection of Kumquats and other Citrus for your celebration. We also have a good supply of festive blooming plants.

Saturday, February 17th at 11 AM:
All About Mason Bees with a guest speaker from Orcon (Organic Control), suppliers of beneficial insects. Mason Bees are tiny, non-stinging, solitary bees that are very effective pollinators. Discover how beneficial insects can help your garden! Class is FREE, plus each participant will receive a coupon for 20% off their purchases that day.

Sunday, March 18th from noon to 2 PM:
Celebration of Citrus
, featuring a Citrus Tasting! Citrus-based goodies will also be served. Talk with the grower for tips and suggestions for citrus in your garden. Come taste winter's gold and discover a new Citrus favorite.

Saturday, March 24th at 2 PM or Sunday, March 25th at 2 PM:
Starting Your Organic Vegetable Garden with Hannah Soriano.

From soil to seeds to plants, the class covers everything you need to know. Class is FREE and attendees will get 20% OFF your vegetable purchases those days.

April 4th through April 8th:
San Francisco Flower and Garden Show

Buy your tickets here to avoid lines at the show. Bring your ticket back after the show and get $10 off a $40 (or larger) purchase!

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

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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Rose Planting Mix
Especially formulated for all varieties of roses, flowers and blooming shrubs

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

Potting Soil
The perfect container mix. It drains well, yet retains just the right amount of moisture around tender roots.

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

Finally, the perfect soil for raised beds!

Acid Planting Mix
Great for Azaleas, Camellias, Rhododendrons, Gardenias, Hydrangeas, Citrus, Blueberries, Conifers, Ferns, Dogwoods and Maples.

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